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  •  there's a good article I read at The Nation (1+ / 0-)
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    I believe ..?

    One big concern with water use AFAIK is the growing of locally appropriate crops.

    For example - say it takes 10 gallons of water to grow an orange in Florida versus 20 gallons in Arizona.  At some point the water use becomes a more serious use of resources than the petro-chemicals used to tend , harvest and deliver the produce.

    If I find the link I'll send it your way.

    "a lie that can no longer be challenged becomes a form of madness" -Debord

    by grollen on Tue Apr 27, 2010 at 02:07:29 PM PDT

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    •  appreciated grollen n/t (0+ / 0-)

      "when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro" -6.75, -6.26

      by gravlax on Tue Apr 27, 2010 at 03:02:57 PM PDT

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      •  Sure - (1+ / 0-)
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        the article was actually at MotherJones

        a coupla grafs:

        Farmers often get blamed for these water woes. Take California, where agriculture uses 80 percent of the state's water. According to the Pacific Institute, better conservation on farms in the semiarid Central Valley could save 1.1 trillion gallons of water a year. That's almost enough to supply all nonfarm uses in Nevada, Arizona, and Colorado. But adopting efficient technologies like drip irrigation systems and computerized moisture sensors is too expensive for many farmers, whose profits depend on shoppers with no sense of a vegetable's water footprint but a keen eye for a penny's difference in price. The federal government sends mixed signals on conservation: The estimated $263 million the farm bill annually spends to get farmers to save water is dwarfed by the roughly $5 billion it hands out for growing water-intensive crops like rice, soybeans, and cotton, often in parched regions like Arizona. All of which conspires to keep water flowing freely and cheaply without regard for scarcity or impact.


        Water footprinting may also clash with some tenets of the sustainability movement. Locally grown, organic, or fair-trade food might seem less appetizing if consumers knew it was grown using water from fragile salmon habitat or a depleted aquifer. "For some of those people who are heavily involved in the food-miles issue, the water issue throws a complete curveball," Orr notes. "Should we rely on countries that have a lot of water and allow them to trade that through foodstuffs?" In other words, could it be better for a shopper in Los Angeles to buy an avocado from water-rich New Zealand than from Southern California's irrigated desert? (See "Liquid Assets.")

        "a lie that can no longer be challenged becomes a form of madness" -Debord

        by grollen on Tue Apr 27, 2010 at 03:18:05 PM PDT

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        •  thanks again (0+ / 0-)

          I loved the article and am working on a diary addressing the issue, giving you credit for the inspiration of course.

          "when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro" -6.75, -6.26

          by gravlax on Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 03:58:21 PM PDT

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