I saw this photo posted on my Facebook news feed recently and found it difficult to believe. But, after some fact checking I learned it was true . The CEO of Nestle, the world’s largest food company, openly and proudly declared that water (the most basic requirement of life on earth) should not be a natural right but instead, it should be viewed as a foodstuff and assigned a market value. I’m sure his views have no relationship to Nestle being a major seller of bottled water.
For centuries basic food staples have been allocated by market economics and the Monsantos of the ag-biz industry are rapidly patenting even the seeds needed to grow a common garden. Increasingly the world’s farmers cannot set aside a portion of their crop as seeds for next year’s crop, thus lowering growing and consumption costs. The bulk of all farming today uses genetically altered and patented seeds the large corporations have almost total control over. Monsanto owns the herbicide Roundup and according to the New York Times their Roundup Ready seeds account for 90% of America’s soybean crop and 70% of its corn and cotton crops. There are few supermarket foods in today’s world that don’t contain soy and corn. Try ignoring their patent rights and they will own your farm.