California is a major agricultural state. California is also a major oil-producing state. And never the twain shall meet, right? Not quite, and the use of recycled oil field wastewater as irrigation water for food crops has raised concerns about their coexistence.
In this week's installment of Our Heroes, we talk with Jennifer Pitt of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), one of River Network's 2015 River Heroes. Pitt manages EDF's efforts on the Colorado River to protect and restore the river's delta. In 2014, she helped bring water to the Delta for the first time in five decades.
Ok, so maybe there is no nonprofit called SkipShowersForBeef.com, but the Yes Men stunt does raise an important discussion about the vast amount of water involved in beef production. Here we add to that discussion -- if you eat beef, which kind of beef you choose makes a big difference.
Here's a common question: "Does pasture-raised beef have a low water footprint compared to industrial beef?" The answer: All beef has a high water footprint, but the sustainability of pasture-raised makes it a better choice.
Imagine the devastation if California agriculture was solely dependent on rainfall with no access to irrigation. Just because rain falls from the sky (or doesn't), it shouldn't be excluded from water footprints.
California could save up to 13.8 million acre-feet of water a year through water-saving and recycling strategies, and a new report aims to motivate statewide action by calling attention to water-saving methods that lie within arms reach.
A new Indiana University study illustrates how little people know about water use and the virtual water content of food. Not to worry - GRACE has you covered! Our Water Footprint Calculator can help you learn how much water you use each day while you're showering, watering your lawn and eating.
This week's hero in our "Know Your Waterkeeper" series is Gary Wockner of Poudre Waterkeeper. Gary saves rivers, fights frackers and climate change and loves endangered species and democracy. We like all those things too and we think Gary makes an excellent hero!
If you're interested in a funny, accessible onramp to Big Ag 101, the Farmed and Dangerous web series (sponsored by Chipotle) is worth a watch. Here's our recap, complete with some Fun Tidbits and our favorite Buck Marshall moments from Episode 1. (So what's with the Man in Black?)
"Meet the Nexus: How Food, Water and Energy are Connected" is our guide that shows how making even one good decision about how you use food, water or energy resources can have a positive impact on the others. Even the simple cheese slice you might have had for lunch has a rich story to tell!
Climate change, global warming and weather all impact each other but they aren't the same things. Read about the difference and find out how they're all making droughts and floods worse.
A new pilot program will help Nebraska's farmers look towards the sun to power their irrigation. But just like homeowners, farmers should also take advantage of their countless energy - and water - efficiency opportunities.
How are food, water and energy connected? Find out in "Food, Water and Energy: Know the Nexus," a new paper that explains how and where these systems intersect, how they rely upon each other to function and how they can have a significant impact on each other.
Carole Baker is the Chair of the Alliance for Water Efficiency. Here we discuss how she got to that position, water efficiency and conservation and Texas water politics.
A new contest from visualizing.org will display the winning visualization of groundwater depletion on a 19,000 sq. ft. Times Square sign with a 30 second motion graphic. Science rules.
So far, 2011 has been a tough year for scandal-prone California agribusiness giant, Roll Global, parent company of bottled water brand FIJI Water, among others. After all the bad press last year, it's not unexpected that the corporation might want to distance itself from...itself.