I am quite sure that you haven’t heard about the documentary, “We Feed the World”. In this 2005 short film, then CEO of Nestlé Peter Brabeck-Letmathe made a controversial remark that,
- There is nothing to worry about with GMO foods.
- Profits matter above all else.
- People should work more.
- Human beings do not have a right to water.
“The one opinion, which I think is extreme, is represented by the NGOs, who bang on about declaring water a public right. That means as a human being you should have a right to water. That’s an extreme solution.”
In an interview with The Guardian, “This human right is the five litres of water we need for our daily hydration and the 25 litres we need for minimum hygiene. This amount of water is the primary responsibility of every government to make available to every citizen of this world, but this amount of water accounts for 1.5% of the total water which is for all human usage.”
He further added: “Where I have an issue is that the 98.5% of the water we are using, which is for everything else, is not a human right and because we treat it as one, we are using it in an irresponsible manner, although it is the most precious resource we have. Why? Because we don’t want to give any value to this water. And we know very well that if something doesn’t have a value, it’s human behaviour that we use it in an irresponsible manner.”
And again in an interview with the CNBC he said:
“I don’t think it’s a human right to fill up a swimming pool. I don’t think it’s a human right to wash cars. I don’t think it’s a human right to water a golf course.”