War, Corporate Profiteering Among Factors Pushing Over 2 Billion To Lack Safe Drinking Water
War, Corporate Profiteering Among Factors Pushing Over 2 Billion To Lack Safe Drinking Water.
NEW YORK — According to a new report issued by the UN World Health Organization, approximately two billion people around the world lack access to safe, clean drinking water.
Global sanitation issues were also addressed in the report, including open defecation, which has dropped from 20 percent in 2000 to less than 12 percent currently.
However, these war crimes are not mentioned in the UN report.
In some nations, a lack of corporate accountability has made access to clean water unattainable for millions.
In other cases, corporations have stolen drinking water directly from communities.
But these complaints often go unrecognized at the state and federal level.
Even treated and “safe” water in the United States has been found to be contaminated.
For instance, perchlorate has been found in breast and cow’s milk throughout the country, having been transmitted to both humans and cows via contaminated drinking water.
A report last year estimated that as many as 18 million Americans are drinking water with higher levels of lead than is federally permitted.