Access to Pure Water is it a Right or Privilege?
Is water a free and basic human right, or should all the water on the planet belong to major corporations and be treated as a product? Should the poor who cannot afford to pay these corporations suffer because they are poor?
Words from the horse's mouth and the former CEO and now Chairman of the largest food product manufacturer in the world, states ---corporations should own every drop of water on the planet. And he further adds you are not getting any water unless you pay for it.
The former Nestle CEO actually says that his idea of water privatization is very similar to Monsanto's GMOs which Nestle has funded pro GMO adds and we know they care little for people. With Nestles sales of over $35 billion worldwide in the bottled water market, corporations are doing whatever it takes to buy up pristine springs in some of our country's most beautiful places. Nestle controls one-third of the U.S. market and sells 70 different brand names -- such as Arrowhead, Calistoga, Deer Park, Perrier, Poland Spring and Ice Mountain -- which it draws from 75 springs located all over the country.
Here is broken down version of Nestles contract with the small town of McCloud near Mt. Shasta
A 50-year term, renewable for another 50 years
The right to take 1,250 gallons per minute of spring water
The right to take qualified water on an interim basis from district's springs for bulk delivery to other bottling facilities located in Northern California
The right to construct pipelines and a loading facility
Use of an unknown quantity of well water for production purposes
Exclusive rights to one of the town's three springs
One hundred years of exclusivity, during which time no other beverage business of any type may exist in McCloud
Use of an undisclosed, perhaps unlimited amount of ground water
The right to require the McCloud Community Service District to dispose of process wastewater
The right to require the McCloud Community Service District to design, construct and install one or more ground water production wells on the bottling facility site forNestle's use as a supply for nonspring water purposes.
Nestle will pay .000087 cents per gallon or 8.7 cents for 100,000 gallons. And sell a 16-ounce bottle of the same water for around $1.29, or $10.32 per gallon. The residents in the area will pay considerably more for water. If Nestle collects one-fifth of water sales for one year they would bring in $1 billion. Nestle brings in $35 billion yearly from their holdings.
If water is not for all of us, then perhaps air should be owned by major corporations as well. And as for crops, Monsanto is already working hard to make sure their domination on our staple crops and beyond is well positioned. It should really come as no shock that this Nestle Chairman battle to keep Monsanto's GMOs alive and well in the food supply, as his belief lines right up with that of Monsanto.
We need to ban together and stop this theft of our very life sustaining resources of our birth right to at least have food and water. Please inform yourself on this very important issue. This very theft is taking place in our beautiful Pacific Northwest in Cascade Locks.
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