Food may be good to think, as Claude Levi-Strauss encouraged us anthropologists, but what about water? There are a number of critical issues in water consumption and distribution in contemporary society, but we often take access to clean water for granted. Perhaps more than food, potable water is a necessity.
In this vein, anthropologist Barbara Johnston writes:
Privatization protests and failures of the 1990s and early 2000s led to increased demand for and recognition of water as a human right, respect for the inherent environmental rights of water, and resurgence of a commons approach to water management (c.f. the film Thirst). Despite decreased consumer support for-profit management of water utilities, efforts to strengthen the legal framework that prioritizes privatization continue.
Here’s a link to an earlier post that may help you see some of the conflict from inadequate access to potable water. Here’s something from the World Health Organization on access to clean water as a human right.