The world's largest manufacturer of Swiss food company Nestle made a very controversial proposal. Chairman and former CEO of Nestle, Peter Brabeck proposed to privatize the world's fresh water. According to him, this will help to reduce the aimless expenditure of this vital resource.
It should be noted that the issue raised by Peter Brabeck, truly one of the most important problems of the modern world community. The supply of fresh water on the planet are limited. Thus, from 85 to 90 percent by different estimates of these reserves are in the form of ice, that is, is almost never used. According to the UN, at the beginning of the 2000s, 1.2 billion people live in conditions of water scarcity. A two billion experiencing the shortage regularly. Thus, if the population of the Earth since the release of the report increased, the quantities of water — on the contrary. According to information provided by the UN in the current year, the strongest water crisis threatens the inhabitants of Central Asia. The greatest danger is the situation in Uzbekistan.
Peter Brabeck as part of its video presentation stated that only 1.5 percent of the total water consumed in the world are used as intended: for the needs of hygiene and drinking. The rest of the resource thoughtlessly wasted. According to the businessman, it's time to stop making water accessible. Its production and sale should be engaged in major corporations. This will allow more economically and rationally resource.
Basically, Peter Brabeck has not offered anything radically new. Many natural resources are not available to the public, their production and use is highly regulated and controlled. This is true, for example, minerals and forests. Free use of these resources for a long time would lead to an imminent ecological disaster. This is not to mention the economic disaster.
Previously voiced proposals for privatization and other resources for their conservation, wrote "Voice of Russia". For example, it was suggested to deal with fish stocks of the oceans. And in some places has already reached and fresh water, though her case — obviously fundamentally different from those listed.
Since water resources are privatized some Latin American countries. And the results of this privatization were more negative than whatever else yet. To justify such a measure can be said that the water after its introduction was really spent less. And reduced government spending on water supply. However, in this case, after the privatization of the infant mortality rate has increased sharply due to a serious deterioration in the overall quality of water. Particularly affected the poor, who simply do not have the money for full access to clean water. In addition, immediately after the privatization of any misuse of corruption in water use. They are generally very unpleasant phenomenon, but when it comes to vital resources, their consequences are truly frightening. So in Bolivia for water have been asking a lot more than it was worth, in reality, which led to numerous riots a desperate population.
Another interesting experience is the company Nestle in water use. Thus, the Brazilian group «Cidadaos pelas Aguas» («Citizens for Water") called for a boycott of Nestle in Brazil, as the company operates over an aquifer in San Lorenzo. And in Pakistan, Nestle has faced accusations that she left without fresh water villagers Bhati Dilwali. The company drilled the well is much deeper rural wells, thereby lowering the aquifer below their bottom. The water in the wells, of course, just discontinued, and the villagers are now forced to buy bottled water from Nestle. The company, however, did not recognize his guilt and said that people had all sorts of help. Fresh water from them, however, this aid was no more.
All this is taking into account the fact that the sale of bottled drinking water brings the company about eight percent of the total profits, led many to argue that does not care about the environmental safety of the planet due to the suggestion Peter Brabeck. A purely economic interests.
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