Water Crisis In California

California Killing Fields - photo from the Huffington Post

California Killing Fields – photo from the Huffington Post

You may have heard that there is a severe drought in California. As you probably know that doesn’t mean we are immune to it. Much of the country’s produce comes from that state and the effects of the drought can and will be felt here in the grocery stores. Mother Jones has an interesting article that talks about how much water it takes to grow produce. Check it out here. Lets all pray for rain and do a little dance too.

Thanks to Linda V. on the Environment & Conservation Committee for passing along this article.

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3 thoughts on “Water Crisis In California

  1. Thanks for this article. Water (everywhere) is a serious issue. Personally I could probably cut back on walnuts and other nuts, but broccoli and lettuce? Now that might be a problem. I surely can get by without strawberries in February. If you’ve been to Palm Springs and seen the water that’s required to keep the golf courses green, you might be thinking about the consequences of the wealth gap in this country (just sayin’). But more important is the issue of fracking, closer to home. Our water supplies are been threatened as a result of our need for oil & gas. As people who should be concerned about conservation and the environment, we might want to put some energy into the issues surrounding alternative sources of energy. I apologize for the rant, but I do believe that a lot of water is wasted.

  2. WOW!!! Shocking, surprising and sad. The amounts of water per plant was an eye-opener. Our priorities have been so off, for so long, hopefully this will shock us into positive action. Garden clubs like ours is a good place to start.

  3. Interesting article, thanks for sharing. California has become such a giant food producer that this does impact all of us. But it is also just another reason to eat locally and in season. So much money is spent in producing food in one place and transporting it to another. Worse than that, those foods are often grown using GMOs so that the produce can handle the transportation. It is wonderful to be able to have different foods from across the globe, but at what cost to our environment? Eating locally is beneficial to our local economy, our environment and our health.

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