“California’s agriculture is critical to our national economy. Over one third of the country’s vegetables and nearly two thirds of the country’s fruits and nuts were produced in California in 2012.”
Water privatization in developing countries Shiva, Vandana. Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit. South End Press, 2002.
“In communities where water is sacred, the worth of water rests on its role and function as a life-force for animals, plants, and ecosystems. However, commodification of water reduces its value only to its commercial value…. The water crisis results from an erroneous equation of value with monetary price.”
“…every year more than 3.4 million people die as a result of water related diseases, making it the leading cause of disease and death around the world…. [and] four out of every 10 people in the world, particularly those in Africa and Asia, do not have clean water to drink.”
“Companies will find themselves asking: Who can we partner with to develop new technologies and business models that will work for our customers? Countries will find themselves asking: How will we support economic development while also ensuring all of our citizens have access to clean water and energy? Among the more intriguing answers to both of these questions: cities and women. Cities and women happen to know more about water and energy than anyone.”