Water scarcity troubles head of Nestlé

Nestlé CEO and chairman Peter Brabeck has warned of a growing shortage in the world's water supply.

This content was published on April 5, 2008 - 17:15

The head of the world's largest food company told German-language Swiss radio that increasing agricultural production was making water an increasingly scarce resource.

"As we run out of water, Nestlé will also have the problem of securing raw materials," he said.

He added that the scarcity of water would make food less accessible to the world's poor.

Brabeck also repeated his criticism of the promotion of biofuels, which he said competed with food crops for land and water. He said it takes 9,100 litres of water to produce one litre of biodiesel.

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