The idea that water is a human right is "extreme," claims Peter Brabeck, chairman of Nestle.
Water is a commodity with a market value like any other foodstuff, says Brabeck. "Personally I believe it's better to give a foodstuff a value so that we're all aware that is has a price," he concluded, in remarks that could be construed as supportive of the idea of privatizing the world's water supply.
Is the idea of water as a human right conducive to actually providing humans with water? It's hard to say. In a 2011 paper
by resource economist David Zetland, it was found there was no statistically significant relationship between a country's constitutional guarantee of water access and the actual level of clean water available to its citizenry.
The video is now going viral on Reddit and Fark, but it's not exactly new: it's excepted from a 2005 documentary dubbed "We Feed the World."
Via Fark, American Live Wire and the Social Science Research Network