In his article, Zlolniski discusses how globalization in agriculture, particularly in the San Quintín Valley, has led to unequal water access to different population groups, who are divided by class and ethnicity. The United Nations has claimed that the access to clean water should be considered a universal human right, yet neoliberal policies on water are left ignored and benefit economies with positions in power (566). The connections “between production and consumption of water-intense commodities across the countries in the global economy and how suck links affect people’s access to water in the exporting country” are unfortunately left hidden and heard by deaf ears (567). As fresh crops are transported internationally for trade, benefitting affluent nations, the poor are continually denied equal access to water- the most essential necessity for life.
Without a doubt, certain areas are susceptible to conflict due to the lack of natural resources, like water, which serve as basic necessities for supporting a society. Although the scarcity of water can lead to tensions and cause conflict, I do not believe any declaration of war can be due to the inadequate amount of clean water a region may be receiving, yet it is not impossible. An online blog titled “The Conservation Report” wrote about whether or not the lack of water can cause war. The author of the post states that “water availability or natural resource availability in general is connected to environmental degradation, and a bankrupted human environment results in poverty, disease, and conflict.” Water is considered as a national resource of utmost importance for is vital to ensure both the population’s well-being as well as to preserve the agricultural regions across the globe. The causes of the crisis for the shortage of water are both natural and man-made. The absence of enough action facing the water shortage situation has contributed to the severity of the present water crisis. The blog concludes with a quote by Jeffery Sachs: Water problems will not go away by themselves. On the contrary, they will worsen unless we, as a global community, respond.