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Individual Choices on World Water Day

Happy World Water Day! “Water,” said Leonardo da Vinci, “is the driving force in nature.” Water is also the driving force in agriculture. We can’t grow food without it. As we’ve discussed, water is intricately connected to the right to food. Some people even argue that land grabs are in fact …

Righting Food Means Righting Water

Last week, I briefly sketched the origins of the right to water in international law. But what does the right to water encompass? And what is its relationship to the right to food? The Right to Water: Freedoms and Entitlements The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (“the Committee”) …

Food and the Human Right to Water

Land is essential for food production, but it’s virtually worthless without water. This need for water helps to explain the recent global rush to acquire land:  as the non-profit GRAIN has pointed out, “behind every land grab is a water grab.”  And water grabs are serious. Already, one-third of the …