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    Re: Nestle CEO Says Water Is Food That Should Be Privatized

    Many times in various places, I've questioned the right to patent a naturally occuring substance. This is along a similar vein.

    Patenting/owning the right to method of extraction, refining and providing that substance to the general public is correct. But to privately owning the right to the actual substance is not.

    Water is a necessary fluid to sustain life. If rain falls on property that I own, it is therefore mine to do with as I see fit, share or not.
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    Re: Nestle CEO Says Water Is Food That Should Be Privatized

    Quote Originally Posted by 24107 View Post
    [LEFT][COLOR=#000000]Do you believe water is a basic human right? According to Nestlé CEO water is a foodstuff that should be privatized, not a human right. Nestlé CEO Peter Brabeck says that with the global population rising water is not a public right, but a resource that should be managed by businessmen. Please do share your thoughts.
    If they can pump it themselves and bottle it then they should be able to do what ever they want with it.Of course that's assuming they are not draining local water sources to do it and in that case the water should be rationed out in a sense so that large companies can not bogart and increase the costs of a city's drinking water supply.
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    Re: Nestle CEO Says Water Is Food That Should Be Privatized

    sounds like a James Bond villain
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    Re: Nestle CEO Says Water Is Food That Should Be Privatized

    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckBerry View Post
    A person has a right to life, not the materials that sustain life. One must make, find, earn or buy those things that sustain life.

    What right have you to demand that someone pump out and pipe water to you? Who pays for that infrastructure? Who pays for its maintenance? You think you have a right to other people's materials and labor?

    To anyone with a problem with what the Nestle CEO said: where's your water well?
    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckBerry View Post
    It is, but it would be fair that you allow others to have access to your water. This, I think, is what the CEO was alluding to...creating markets so that the fair price for water could be determined.
    I tend to agree with this, it all depends on a more strict clarification of exactly what he meant by "right". He did a piss-poor job of conveying his thoughts, IMO.


    Quote Originally Posted by GottaGo View Post
    Many times in various places, I've questioned the right to patent a naturally occuring substance. This is along a similar vein.

    Patenting/owning the right to method of extraction, refining and providing that substance to the general public is correct. But to privately owning the right to the actual substance is not.

    Water is a necessary fluid to sustain life. If rain falls on property that I own, it is therefore mine to do with as I see fit, share or not.
    Not necessarily...

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    Who Owns the Rain? Hint: It's Not Always Homeowners - Popular Mechanics

    Collecting rainwater now illegal in many states
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    Re: Nestle CEO Says Water Is Food That Should Be Privatized

    Quote Originally Posted by AliHajiSheik View Post
    In some areas it is, but in most areas it is from private wells or even private companies who manage water infrastructure. Broaden your perception a bit.
    In the rural areas a lot of people have their own wells. There may be a few in the cities, but I've never seen or known anyone that has a well dug.

    Yes, there are some private companies that processes and distributes the water, however I seriously doubt that the company paid for the materials and labor to run a water pipe to every house in the area they serve. Do you know of such a company that did so?
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    Re: Nestle CEO Says Water Is Food That Should Be Privatized

    .....which I whole-heartedly disagree with. I wouldn't live in a State with such laws.

    I use rainbarrels for water collection for my gardens instead of my well water. Saves electricity, and less minerals filtering into it via ground percolation (lime build up) which is better for the plants, and in the long run, me.
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    Re: Nestle CEO Says Water Is Food That Should Be Privatized

    Quote Originally Posted by GottaGo View Post
    .....which I whole-heartedly disagree with. I wouldn't live in a State with such laws.

    I use rainbarrels for water collection for my gardens instead of my well water. Saves electricity, and less minerals filtering into it via ground percolation (lime build up) which is better for the plants, and in the long run, me.
    Personally, I agree with you. Wholeheartedly. Unfortunately, many states do not.
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    Re: Nestle CEO Says Water Is Food That Should Be Privatized

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Personally, I agree with you. Wholeheartedly. Unfortunately, many states do not.
    Restricting water collection on a grand scale for supplying an entire home, I could understand. But I don't comprehend how a State could restrict it for something such as a home garden. Refusing the right to sustain one's self via food or water is a step too far.
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    Re: Nestle CEO Says Water Is Food That Should Be Privatized

    I don't believe it's a "Human right" but I have no issue with local water authorities being ran by local/state government since much of the infrastructure, land, etc used are with public funds or public property.

    There is a middle ground between believing somehow people have a "human right" to water and feeling that there's a legitimate reason for some level of the government to be involved with the process.

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    Re: Nestle CEO Says Water Is Food That Should Be Privatized

    this is kind of old. dude made the comments in 2005, and stepped down in '08.

    Peter Brabeck-Letmathe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    that being said, water is certainly a right. i don't give a **** if nestle sells bottled water for a profit, but i think we've privatized enough utilities already. i don't want my town water treatment turned into a quest for profits instead of a simple and safe delivery system.

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