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California Drought ~Who’s Really Using Up Most Of the Water?

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
August 15, 2015
File under: Agriculture, Food Production, Water

 

Some scapegoat almonds, while ignoring the cow in the room.

California is experiencing one of its worst droughts on record. The Golden State is home to an agricultural industry with more than 400 commodities and produces nearly half of the vegetables, fruits and nuts gown in the country.  Across the nation, US consumers regularly purchase several crops that are produced exclusively in California.

According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the agricultural industry in the Golden State is the largest in the country ($46.4 billion for its output in 2013). California agriculture is also responsible for 69 percent of the nation’s commercially available fruits and nuts.

Only about four percent of California’s water footprint is the result of individual use, however California residents have been asked to be very vigilant and cut back drastically on household water use.

According to a recent report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) a stunning 80 percent of California water goes to agriculture, so if we really want to talk about drastic conservation, perhaps we should look at our food choices. …read more of California Drought ~Who’s Really Using Up Most Of the Water? here

 
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Water, Water, Everywhere! 12 Tips to Get Off the Bottle

By Sherry Brooks ecomii.com
March 10, 2011
File under: Saving Money, Sustainability, Water

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Staying hydrated is important and you just can’t beat water for the price, these days. Of course we don’t yet know the price of water in the future, but we can somewhat ascertain the price we’ll pay in our personal failed health if we choose sodas and other sugary drinks over water. Save money now and in the future by making water your beverage of choice.

I’m not talking about bottled water. Sure, there is a time and place for bottled water, but rarely! Start cutting back with these 12 tips:

1. Don’t believe the hype. Yes, I’ve been to Evian in France where we had great fun joking that the bath water, the swimming pool and the water at the car wash was . . . Evian, of course! However, not all bottled water is of the mineral quality of Evian.

It may be shocking to learn that many bottled water companies, package and sell tap water! Consumers are paying as much as 10,000 times the price of tap water to purchase . . . tap water. In addition to being deceived at the cash register, consumers are leaving behind plastic pollution for generations to come. …read more of Water, Water, Everywhere! 12 Tips to Get Off the Bottle here

 
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Natural Gas Drilling Threatens Safe Drinking Water

By Vincent Pedre M.D. ecomii.com
May 19, 2010
File under: Environmental Impact, Fossil Fuel, Health Concerns, Water

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Natural gas has recently been touted as a clean fuel and viable alternative to oil, however the process of extracting it may pose hidden health hazards.

Natural gas is just like any other fossil fuel – a non-renewable source of energy.  The methane that is released during the extraction process is a powerful greenhouse gas¹ and the chemicals the industry uses in the process may irreversibly contaminate our sources of drinking water.

The drilling of natural gas has experienced an upsurge in the U.S., which coincided with an exemption issued for a process used to extract natural gas from underground shale, known as “hydraulic fracturing.” …read more of Natural Gas Drilling Threatens Safe Drinking Water here

 
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