In a candid interview for the documentary We Feed the World, Nestle Chairman Peter Brabeck makes the astonishing claim that water isn’t a human right. He attacks the idea that nature is good, and says it is a great achievement that humans are now able to resist nature’s dominance. He attacks organic agriculture and says genetic modification is better.
A surge of people power in parts of the world, especially Latin America, is beginning to ensure that water is protected as part of the global commons, making it free or cheap, accessible, clean, and democratically managed. The last few years have seen popular pressure win new legal precedents, constitutional guarantees, and types of management.