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To Solve California's Water Crisis, We Must Change the Nation's Food System


Environment  (tags: agriculture, california, chinatown, conservation, drought, food, water )

Judy
- 1556 days ago - globalpossibilities.org
What changes are needed in the system? What can we, as individuals do?



   

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Ben O (128)
Sunday March 22, 2015, 3:18 am
Those changes have been needed for many, many, many years...not only in California...
 

Anne F (17)
Monday March 23, 2015, 5:54 pm
Let's grow lettuce close to home...let's not airlift strawberries such long distances.
 

Cara Correnti (2)
Monday March 23, 2015, 6:37 pm
noted
 

Adrienne L (9)
Monday March 23, 2015, 7:35 pm
thanks
 

. (0)
Monday March 23, 2015, 8:43 pm
We in Australia have similar problems, then out of the blue it's flooding. You sometimes can't win. With high populations needing to be fed, a country needs to do all it can to safe-guard itself in a sustainable way.....not building more dams, and taking what little is left of the natural habitat.......we all have to be individually responsible.
One wonders how fracking continues anywhere with the huge amount of water required for the process, plus once used becomes toxic waste. Grrrrrrr. Thanks, Judy.
 

Kyle Ness (0)
Tuesday March 24, 2015, 10:49 pm
Build desalinization plants for residential use. If in a desert, don't have a stinkin lawn. I despise using water for lawns and golfcourses. What fruits, vegetables, nut tree's that grow in the desert area's, farmed there is done for a reason. The plants thrive in the soils there with the irrigated water. Many of the plants, crops grown there don't do as well in other area's. Onions, lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, a few other crops can't be grown in most of the country due to the soil structure, prefer a sandy clay base.
 

Kyle Ness (0)
Tuesday March 24, 2015, 11:10 pm
No irrigation where I live, but traveling across kansas there are irrigation pivots all over the place. same for Nebraska. wells should never have an irrigation well below 150ft to allow usable water for farmsites and cities that have no access to rivers.
 

Judy C (91)
Tuesday March 24, 2015, 11:47 pm
Thanks everyone. I agree with every point all of you have made. It's time to return food to the People, instead of oversized corporations. We need to get much smarter in how we do things to ensure any quality of life for our time left, and for the generations to come. Desalinization may become less expensive as the technology is refined, or even reinvented. Fracking, dams, golf courses, and lawns are extra dumb uses of our precious resource, water.
 

Judy C (91)
Tuesday March 24, 2015, 11:48 pm
And I must add this applies everywhere, of course, not just California.
 
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