By Peter Brabeck-Letmathe

Peter Brabeck-Letmathe

Welcome

I hope this blog will create discussion about the important issue of water use and availability around the world.
Your comments and views are very important and I encourage you to join the conversation.

Peter Brabeck-Letmathe
Chairman Nestlé SA

  • Jul 11:

    Urgency of water in the context of other resource and environment issues


    By Peter Brabeck-Letmathe

    2015 saw a new record: 74.8 million tons of oil equivalents in the form of biofuels, enough to feed more than 800 million people during one year. The key issue here is not the land used to grow the ‘food for fuel’, but the enormous water withdrawals required.

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  • Sep 23:

    Biofuels our efforts to phase out mandates and subsidies continue


    No food for fuel

    By Peter Brabeck-Letmathe

    Despite all the facts showing the devastating impact of using food for fuel even modest first steps like the 5% cap for food-based biofuels as propose...

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  • Jul 26:

    Food for European biofuels buying farmland and freshwater usage rights in Africa


    Mandates and subsidies for biofuels in over 40 countries (source: USDA)

    By Peter Brabeck-Letmathe

    A few days ago, the European Parliament’s environment committee approved draft legal measures that would cap the share of food-based biofuel ...

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  • Jun 5:

    Biofuels a joint letter to Prime Minister Cameron


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    By Peter Brabeck-Letmathe

    Several of my posts over the past few months have addressed the issue of biofuels, notably their massive impact on freshwater withdrawals ...

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  • Jan 8:

    The disturbing consequences of our thirst for biofuels


    Water Challenge Blog

    By Peter Brabeck-Letmathe

    “Now that the United States is using 40% of its crop to make biofuel, it is not surprising that tortilla prices have doubled in Guatemala ...

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  • Dec 7:

    Are biofuels a cure worse than the disease?


    Peter Brabeck-Letmathe

    By Peter Brabeck-Letmathe

    “Are biofuels a cure worse than the disease?” This was the provocative but important question posed by Ronald Steenblik, a senior trade ...

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  • Nov 29:

    We should not look to biofuels if we want to tackle climate change


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    By Peter Brabeck-Letmathe

    Are biofuels doing more harm than good? It is a question that stays on the agenda, and I ask my readers to provide their views and facts. This week ...

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  • Aug 27:

    Biofuels are making the US drought crisis worse


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    By Peter Brabeck-Letmathe

    The water-food-energy nexus is a complex concept that is frequently cited but rarely fully understood. However the cost of failing to grasp these ...

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