This billboard about how to fight drought with diet appeared in my neighborhood and brightened my day!
The city of Fort Bragg, California has had an interesting response to the severe drought they’re experiencing: they’ve ordered restaurants to switch to disposable dishware.
With water shortages impacting populations worldwide, finding portable, affordable ways to produce clean drinking water is more important than ever. A new desalinization chip could be part of the solution.
An atmospheric water generator harvests condensation from the air and puts out clean water that you can use to eat, drink, bathe, and even grow food.
DO NOT eat hummus or walnuts before reading about these ongoing food recalls — also avoid the ground beef. I know, I know, I always say that — but this time (in addition to many other good reasons!) it’s an e. coli contamination thing. The week’s food safety issues aren’t just bothering 2-legged diners: if you have canine friends, beware the toxic jerky! So, yes, the week’s news does feature some ickiness. But don’t be scared — there’s also some nifty GMO news, plus research on Paleo diets, cheap food, and obesity. Holy guacamole, but there’s much to report this week!
Because of climate change and over-irrigation, India may soon be facing a food crisis.
Much of the United States has been experiencing near-historic drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The drought and accompanying heat wave are not only parching people’s lawns and impacting their air-conditioning bills but also causing animal suffering—more than 1,000 calves died from heat stress on Midwestern dairy farms in July alone—and sending food prices soaring, especially for people who eat meat, eggs, and dairy products.
This year’s drought has hit US farmers below the (corn) belt, prompting fears of global food riots and shortages. With global climate change promising more drought, high temperatures, and severe weather events, it’s time to take a good hard look at our food system in terms of domestic and global food security — and to ask ourselves if there’s a better way to eat, in a world of rising population and shrinking resources. (Hint: there is!)
Climate change is about more than just hotter summers. As the world heats up, we’re also expected to see more extreme weather and increased incidences of drought. That presents challenges to the farmers producing our food, and according to research from the Rodale Institute, the answer may be organic farming.
If you’re a regular reader here, chances are you’re pretty conscious of your water footprint already, and this graphic puts the numbers behind that idea into perspective.
As of this month, over 194 million people are suffering through droughts worldwide.
The tremendous drought in Texas and the Southwest that I wrote about in early April continues on (almost 50% of Texas is experience “exceptional” drought now, the highest level of drought — “unprecedented” according to experts). Furthermore, it has expanded and is affecting even more important U.S. farming areas.
One of the biggest weapons in GMO companies’ arsenal is the claim they make repeatedly that genetically modified (GM) crops are needed to help feed to world in the face of global climate change. There’s one problem with this claim, though — it’s total greenwashing and untrue.