"There's that lovely old Austrian folk song, the dear cattle need water, holler, holleri, if you remember. Water is of course the most important raw material we have today in the world. It's a question of whether we should privatise the normal water supply for the population. And there are two different opinions on the matter. The one opinion, which I think is extreme, is represented by the NGO's 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. And the other view says that water is a foodstuff like any other and like any other foodstuff it should have a market value. Personally I believe it's better to give a foodstuff a value so we're all aware that it has its price and then one should take specific measures for the part of the population that has no access to this water, and there are many different possibilities there"
Peter Brabeck-Letmathe - Nestle Chairman
Don't be fooled by Peter Brabeck-Letmathe's blog on Nestles website.
Around the world Nestle has targeted many rural communities to gain control of their most precious resource. They have strong-armed small towns with limited economic means, into privatising public water supplies for economic gain. 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 over 80 springs located all over the country. They are threatening local and democratic control of water around the globe and Peter Brabeck-Letmathe's blog is a blatant piece of propaganda, supported by an armada of lawyers and PR people who help make Nestle look like a good corporate citizen when it's simply not true.