How are We Feeding the World?

September 4, 2012 at 14:02 Leave a comment

One of the greatest human tragedies is how individuals have abdicated their own personal power to those in places of authority. This is clearly demonstrated by a documentary I’ve just watched called ‘We Feed the World‘. Even though it was made in 2004, very little has changed. One of my big concerns is the way water is regarded by individuals and by companies. Clearly, it is a big concern to the 884 million people who do not have access to clean water on a daily basis and the 3.575 million people who die every year from preventable, water-related diseases. Thus, isn’t it the duty of those with knowledge and resources to support those who are suffering and dying?

On the other hand, companies such as Nestlé, the world’s largest producer of bottled drinking water have other things in mind. Nestlé employ over 275,000 people all over the world and have a direct influence via their employees to 4.5 million people. According to its CEO, Peter Brabeck, its annual turnover is $65 billion and is the owner of Perrier, Pellegrino water as well as many other household brands. This is what Brabeck has to say about water:

“Water is the most important raw material we have in the world today. It’s a question of whether we should privatise the normal water supply for the population. 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 foodstuff and should have a market value. Personally, I believe it’s better to give a foodstuff a value so that we are all aware that it has a price and that 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.”

There is clearly a mismatch between what the public see as simple food commodities and what intentions large corporations such as Nestlé (the 27th biggest company in the world) have in mind for the future of the world. Many people such as I believe that we need to open our eyes to reality and begin to take power back into our own hands. The world will never changed until you and I change as individuals. The first thing is to become informed. I recommend you make We Feed the World a priority to watch as a documentary. Here is the trailer for this informative and engaging film:

Love and gratitude,

Harun Rabbani

Author of Shattering the Grandest Illusions (now available on Kindle)

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