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California – Water Cuts to Agriculture

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Following the food-chain news frequently ends up in California. Unfortunately, there has been another turn of events in California’s “water-desperation” saga. In an Associated Press article today (5/15/2015) more water curtailments are in the near future for California. Up until now, California Governor Jerry Brown limited water cuts to urban cities – requiring cities to cut 25 percent of their historical usage. Sparing agriculture from water curtailments changed today as California farmers who hold rights to water that date back as far as the Gold Rush are bracing for their first state-ordered conservation in decades, as a record drought prompts some of the deepest cuts yet in the country’s most…

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San Diego – Where the Future of Gardening Will Follow the Future of Water Desalination

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Fortunately, due to the importance of food gardens both physically and philosophically in California, there have been no reported prohibitions for water use on vegetable gardens. However, this doesn’t apply to lawns, overall household water limitations or escalations in the cost of water. According to the San Diego County Water Authority, San Diego is one of the worst hit in terms of curtailing public water. While other cities are limiting watering of lawns to 3 days a week and 10 minutes per watering. San Diego has curtailed lawn watering to two days per week. Opulent residences with large lawns are facing dramatic curtailments. San Diego residents are starting to get…

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Feeding Ourselves Thirsty – Got Water?

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While a few people manage their investments directly, most of us – and our pension and retirement funds – employ large institutional investors. So what does it mean when a network of over 100 institutional investors – managing assets of over $13 trillion – sponsor a research project on global water risks to food? It’s obvious that few investments have any basis of sustainability unless humanity has access to an abundance of fresh water. Ceres, a nonprofit organization, directs the Investor Network on Climate Change – the folks with $13 trillion in assets. This month, Ceres released a watershed report on water in general and how the Food Sector is…

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