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Nestlé Chairman Calls World’s Water Scarcity ‘more urgent’ Than Climate Change– As It Sells Bottled Water From Drought-Ridden California

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2014 at 9:23 pm

A discarded tire is seen stuck in the exposed lake bed of the Almaden Reservoir which is experiencing extremely low water levels due to the ongoing drought, in San Jose. Photo: Michael Short, The Chronicle

Oldspeak: “Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only after the last fish has been caught. Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten-Cree Proverb

Peter Brabeck-Letmanthe, the chairman and former chief executive of Nestlé, told the Financial Times that the world is “running out of water” and that it needs to become a bigger priority to world leaders.

“Today, you cannot have a political discussion anywhere without talking about climate change,” he said. “Nobody talks about the water situation in this sense. And this water problem is much more urgent.”

Climate change is still an important issue, he argued, but even without it “we are running out of water and I think this has to become the first priority,” he said.

Nestlé’s 383,000 square-foot water bottling plant is located on the Morongo Band of Mission Indians’ reservation in California.

The state declared a drought state of emergency in January this year, in preparation for coming water shortages – especially during the summer months, but Nestlé is reportedly not required to comply with the emergency measures as its plant sits on a Native American reservation.” –Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith

“Woah. Breathtaking Orwellian irony and hypocrisy here. These gems are coming from the same man, who said less than a year ago that basic human rights to water is “an extreme solution”, and “The biggest social responsibility of any CEO, is to maintain and ensure the successful and profitable future of his enterprise. ” How else could one explain how in his mind, the water scarcity that his corporation is helping to create is more important than the ecology upon which his business depends? Once again the land of Native Americans is being raped and pillaged for its most precious lifeblood so this man can maintain the profitable future of his enterprise. He cares nothing about water scarcity. if he did his company would get out of the water selling business, because bottling and selling water requires staggering amounts of water to be wasted and poisoned to be profitable. This is why industrial civilization will inevitably collapse. People like this are running things.  Sociopath, Pathological anthropocentrists. Profit trumps extinction.” -OSJ

By Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith @ The Independent:

But his comments come as his company is slammed for drawing water from drought-ridden areas in California to sell under its Arrowhead and Pure Life bottled water brands.

Peter Brabeck-Letmanthe, the chairman and former chief executive of Nestlé, told the Financial Times that the world is “running out of water” and that it needs to become a bigger priority to world leaders.

“Today, you cannot have a political discussion anywhere without talking about climate change,” he said. “Nobody talks about the water situation in this sense. And this water problem is much more urgent.”

Climate change is still an important issue, he argued, but even without it “we are running out of water and I think this has to become the first priority,” he said.

Mr Brabeck-Lemanthe’s comments may appear confusing to his company’s critics, as Nestlé, one of the world’s largest food companies, faces harsh criticism for its water bottling activities in California as the area suffers one of its toughest droughts on record.

Nestlé’s 383,000 square-foot water bottling plant is located on the Morongo Band of Mission Indians’ reservation in California.

The state declared a drought state of emergency in January this year, in preparation for coming water shortages – especially during the summer months, but Nestlé is reportedly not required to comply with the emergency measures as its plant sits on a Native American reservation.

But local residents are concerned about the amount of water Nestlé is drawing from the area to bottle and export for profit, and how ethical this action is during a drought.

“Why is it possible to take water from a drought area, bottle it and sell it? Linda Ivey, a Palm Desert real estate appraiser, asked The Desert Sun. “It’s hard to know how much water is being taken – we’ve got to protect what little water supply we have.”

The Desert Sun reported that up until 2009 Nestlé’s Water business, Nestlé Waters, submitted annual reports to a group of local water districts showing how much ground water was being extracted from a spring in Millard Canyon, which is where the plant’s wells have been located for more than a decade.

There have been no reports since then, making it difficult to record how much water is being extracted from the area, but reports estimate it could be 244 million gallons a year. The Desert Sun has repeatedly asked for a tour of Nestlé Waters’ plant over the past year, which has not been granted.

Nestlé Waters said in a statement: “We proudly conduct our business in an environmentally responsible manner that focuses on water and energy conservation. Our sustainable operations are specifically designed and managed to prevent adverse impacts to local area groundwater resources, particularly in light of California’s drought conditions over the past three years.”

  1. The world is NOT running out of water, the problem is the EXCESS DEMAND generated by OVERPOPULATED HUMANS!
    There is a great & painful cull for us in the future as 7 billion humans cannot be sustained as resources decline.
    We continue to do everything possible to keep “alive” some poor defective infant or dying person that drains more & more of our diminishing resources. This practice must end as we do not have the people or resources to keep the dying “alive” a little longer.

    California must stop people from wasting water on lawns, sidewalks, streets, cars, trucks & swimming pools, people usually don’t need to bath every day & Nestle’ needs to stop pumping precious water from the natives land to sell for a profit.

    Too many stupid people are buying bottled water when their tap water is just as pure or better.

    • The world most definitely is running out of clean water. Already 1 in 6 humans don’t have access to safe drinking water. At the rate our remaining clean water is being poisoned to produce toxic fossil fuels, irrigate inefficient and toxic industrial farming and food production systems expect that to get worse. That’s not even speaking of the devastating impact of climate change, melting ice packs and glaciers are still melting globally. That won’t stop. Tap water and bottled water are both contaminated to various degrees, the era of clean pristine drinking water is over, we’re firmly in ecological overshoot, and it’s just a matter of time when we exhaust all the resources industrial civilization consumes unsustainably. Water scarcity is a global problem, but its not more important than the reality that the entire global ecology is collapsing right before our eyes. we’re being continually focused on various symptoms of that very basic existential problem. it’s a beyond human scale problem and there for very difficult for most to comprened, much less accept.

      • We wouldn’t be running out of clean water if the population wasn’t so excessive.

        Poor people living in over crowded slums have no access to sanitation or sewage treatment of their wastes so fecal contamination fouls their water, the same water they wash in, drink, get cooking water from & even pray in believing that the water is “pure” even as rotting bodies float past them.

        Even when the governments put outhouses for them to use, they are ignorant of their purpose & continue to bath, drink & defecate in that water, in a poor village in Africa, even the mayor crapped on the beach just like the locals. In central america, the Cuna have toilets on stilts over the lagoons they live over & fish in.

        We act just like the apes we evolved from who pooped from the trees, we poop wherever we happen to be, on trails, against walls in cities, even in buses & in shops! I’ve seen videos of people doing this in “civilized” cities! We are dirty animals!

        There is plenty of water, we have as much if not more than before there were humans. Sure most of the worlds water is undrinkable salt water or locked up in ice, but the ice is melting.
        It’s not natures fault that we foul our own nests.

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