World Water Crisis – IndexResearch blog 5/19/08

An incredible compendium of recent articles and research on water. I’m bookmarking this blog.


US wastes 27% of food available for consumption – NYTimes via BoingBoing 5/18/08

I think that’s grossly underestimated. Plus, food not available for consumption, and not fed to animals or cars, is burned rather than given away. What a country!


About 72 per cent of [Indian] fruit and vegetable production of country goes waste because of lack of proper retailing and adequate storage capacity” – Times of India 5/12/08


How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes from and Why We Need to Get It Back – Alternet 5/14/08

EXCERPT: “Today, interest in local and organic vegetables and meats has burgeoned into a sophisticated revolution, with organic sales growing by 20 percent each year and farmers’ markets sprouting up in cities everywhere. This revolution draws on many motivations and historical tendencies, yet central to them all has been the desire of shoppers, cooks, and eaters to better know the provenance of their foods .By knowing more, these hopeful consumers aspire to both avoid and subvert the harmful aspects of the dominant food system, and — in the process — to find better-tasting, healthier fare. This movement of eaters remains small relative to America’s mammoth food economy, but already it has become a promising force toward reforming some of the most egregious excesses of modern industrial agriculture. In the final chapters, I will discuss this emerging trend of consumers striving to bring knowledge and stories of foods back into their kitchens and lives in new ways.”
“Ultimately, if our market-driven society is to build a healthier food system, we as consumers will need to recognize how our everyday choices affect the larger environment and, then, to forge a new and influential role for ourselves. In an age when farms and factories of food production seem impossibly remote from our dinner plates, history can sharpen our outlook with its perspective and its ironies, and remind us of the opportunity for change.”


The Triple Threat: Our Food, Water and Climate Challenges – Alternet 5/14/08


Interview with Vandana Shiva: Why We Face Both Food and Water Crises – Alternet 5/15/08


Is it time to talk about ‘peak water’? – CNet 4/29/08


Dry river beds are open wounds in the US – CNN 4/23/08


Some scary water stats from an expert – CNet 4/22/08

It takes 2,000 liters to make a cotton T-shirt, 2,400 liters to make a hamburger, and 1,200 liters to produce a gallon of ethanol”


Artificial food and corporate crops: can we escape the Frankenstate? – Alternet 5/2/08


EPA may not act to limit rocket fuel in water supply – AP/Seattle Times 5/6/08


The surprising climate benefits of organic farming – Grist 5/9/08



One of history’s greatest atrocities: corporate theft of public’s natural right to water – CommonDreams 5/1/08


Drought Is Spurring Resource Wars – Alternet 4/29/08


Why We Need to Rise Up Against Industrial Agriculture – Alternet 53/08


FLOW: For Love of Water – infuriating and incredible documentary about world water crisis – BoingBoing 4/7/08


US nears the limit of its’ water supplies – Alternet 4/8/08


At least 36 states face water shortages – Alternet 4/15/08


One Thirsty Town’s Answer to Water Shortage – Alternet 4/7/08


Farmers Seek Defense Against Agribusiness – Global Research 4/3/08


The Future of Farming – NYTimes 3/16/08


Will the World’s Oceans Be Our Next Drinking Tap? – Alternet 1/15/08


Water: A Billion Gallon Gallons a Month Down the Drain – Treehugger 4/14/08


Those who control oil and water will control the world – Alternet 4/7/08


Map shows toll on world’s oceansBBC 2/14/08

EXCERPT: “Only about 4% of the world’s oceans remain undamaged by human activity, according to the first detailed global map of human impacts on the seas. A study in Science journal says climate change, fishing, pollution and other human factors have exacted a heavy toll on almost half of the marine waters. Only remote icy areas near the poles are relatively pristine, but they face threats as ice sheets melt, it warns.”


The Growing Battle for Water Rights: Interview with Maude Barlow – Alternet 2/14/08

EXCERPT: “From Chile to the Philippines to South Africa to her home country of Canada, Maude Barlow is one of a few people who truly understands the scope of the world’s water woes. Her newest book, Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water, details her discoveries around the globe about our diminishing water resources, the increasing privatization trend and the grassroots groups that are fighting back against corporate theft, government mismanagement and a changing climate.”
“If you want to know where the water is running low – including 36 U.S. states, why we haven’t been able to protect it and what we can do to ensure everyone has the right to water, Barlow’s book is an essential read. It is part science, part policy and part impassioned call. And the information in Blue Covenant couldn’t come from a more reliable source. Barlow is the national chairperson of the Council of Canadians and co-founder of the Blue Planet Project, which is instrumental in the international community in working for the right to water for all people. She also authored Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop Corporate Theft of the World’s Water with Tony Clarke. And she’s the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award – known as the “Alternative Nobel” for her global water justice work.”


Why protecting watersheds is about community and culture – Alternet 1/29/08

A new vision for Gulf-area communities gets beyond the legacy racism, classism and environmental destruction.


Eating as if Climate Mattered – Alternet 1/23/08


California’s Flood Risks: A Disaster Waiting to Happen? – Treehugger 1/22/08

EXCERPT: “In an effort to avert another Katrina-level disaster, California officials recently commissioned a review panel to evaluate the flood risks facing the state’s Central Valley. The results were less than encouraging: According to the panel, chaired by Gerald E. Galloway of the University of Maryland, the area between the Sacramento and San Joaquin river floodplains faces “significant risk of floods that could lead to extensive loss of life and billions of dollars in damages.” At fault, the panel’s report indicated, are the area’s levees – some built as far back as 150 years ago – which were either poorly built or positioned on unstable foundations. The panel’s recommendations center on strategic integration with other basin water management activities and more effective land-use planning. The report cited the recent failure of a levee in Nevada as a troubling sign of the country’s rapidly deteriorating infrastructure. The combined effects of climate change and typical wear-and-tear could result in such failures becoming commonplace.”

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