Friday, June 7, 2013

Nestle Thinks Water Is Not a Human Right

Gerber, Toll House, Nescafe, Stouffer's, Lean Cuisine, Juicy Juice, PowerBar, Poland Spring, Jenny Craig, DiGiorno. What do all those brands have in common? They are all owned by Nestle, one of the largest food giants in the world. 

I'm not even going to talk about the fact that most of their products contain toxic GMOs, if that wasn't bad enough. 

What's more disturbing is the mind set of the former Nestle CEO and current Chairman. Apparently he is convinced that water is not a human right and it should be privatized.

I'll let that sink in for a moment.

No living thing can survive without water. Your body composition is about 50 to 75 percent water. Who in their right mind would say "The one opinion which I think is extreme... is declaring water a public right. That means as a human being you should have a right to water. That's an extreme solution." Excuse me sir, if anything is extreme, it is your assumption that you should own all the water in the world.

I'll just let this video do the talking. My jaw dropped at how ridiculous the claims of this man are and how deceiving this video is. If you're pressed for time, you may start at the 2:00 mark to get right to the point.

So what would happen if water would be owned by huge corporations raking in the wealth? I think it's terrifying to even imagine. I do hope that for the average person, it's easy to see through the lies of such men. 

Nestle, of course, has been making headlines for decades with issues from child labor abuses (in the making of your much loved chocolate bars) and WHO code violations, to destroying sources of tourism and possible ties to murders of trade unionist in Columbia.

In 2001, Nestlé faced criticism for buying cocoa from the Ivory Coast and Ghana, which may have been produced using child slaves.[58] According to an investigative report by the BBC, hundreds of thousands of children in Mali, Burkina Faso and Togo were being purchased from their destitute parents and shipped to the Ivory Coast, to be sold as slaves to cocoa farms.

So next time you reach for the jar of Gerber baby food or a Kit Kat bar, think hard before supporting such human rights abuses (or GMOs). Your money is better off elsewhere, supporting small family-owned companies, local farmers, and maybe even seeds for growing your own. 

What do you think, is water a human right?


  1. I'm floored he believes that water being a public source is an "extreme" measure. I'm so damned angry right now!

    1. I know, I couldn't believe it! Then again, there is so much wrong in the world when it comes to corporations and governments - I'm no longer surprised at all the atrocities.

  2. It's posts like this that make me love you. :)
    It's sad to me that most consumers have no idea what theyre eating. It seems logical to me that food corporations are corrupt..food is big business, and where theres a lot of money to be made theres a lot of dishonesty.

    1. Thank you Jen! You made me blush :) I do really enjoy writing posts like this because I feel it is important for us moms to know these things and be on top of it. We have huge buying power, it would be awesome if more and more moms spent their household income on companies that are ethical instead. :)


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