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  • Today, according to UNICEF, at least 2.6 billion people lack adequate sanitation, while 1.1

  • billion people live without clean drinking water period. Water is the key component in

  • all of our daily lives no matter where we live, not only for human use, but for energy,

  • industry, agriculture, and livestock. Now if you look at the earth, you will notice

  • that over 75% of our blue planet is water, the problem is only 3% of that water, is fresh

  • water.

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  • The Coming Water and Agriculture Crisis

  • Over 260 river basins are shared by two or more countries and most of these rivers are

  • without defined legal or institutional arrangements. Consider the Aral Sea for example, located

  • in central Asia with Kazakhstan in the north and Uzbekistan in the south. The name Aral

  • Sea is actually translated into "Sea of Islands," referring to 1,534 islands that once existed.

  • Today the Aral Sea is now down to 10% of its original size.

  •   The same thing is happening in the Parana

  • La Plata, Jordan, and the Danube. Areas that were once flourishing are now turning into

  • deserts.  

  • A report that was released by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee recently stated that rising

  • water tensions could destabilize central and south Asia. The implication of a water shortage

  • has already caused aggravated demand for agriculture and power generation according to the report.

  • The report was even titled, "Avoiding Water Wars: Water Scarcity and Central Asia's Growing

  • Importance for Stability in Afghanistan and Pakistan." The report discussed the 33 projects

  • India currently has underway that could limit supply to Pakistan at crucial moments in the

  • growing season. Without a doubt, water is going to be a huge issue along with oil throughout

  • this century.  

  • In the U.S., the world's largest body of freshwater, the Ogallala Aquifer, an underground lake

  • that extends from the Colorado Rockies to South Dakota going all the way down to the

  • Texas Panhandle with a range of 50 to 300 feet deep, is the fresh water resource that

  • has made America's plains the "bread basket" of the world. Unfortunately, like an oil well,

  • this won't last forever. The Ogallala used to have an average depth of 240 feet, today

  • its average depth is 80 feet. Recently a story was done about the Texas town of Happy, who

  • has simply run out of water for its farms. What once was a booming town that relied on

  • the Ogallala Aquifer, has now seen its depths of underground water fall to between 0-50

  • ft. Many wells are completely dry and farmers have been forced to hand over their land to

  • the government's Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in exchange for grants. The U.S. Department

  • of Agriculture recently said, "The Ogallala supply is going to run out and the plains

  • will become uneconomical to farm." 60 years is what the U.S. Department of Agriculture

  • gives it, this is a scary thought when you think about the way we have built cities,

  • towns, and homes around something that is unsustainable.

  •   Consider the Colorado river as well, a river

  • that USED to run into the Pacific. Not anymore, by the time the water fills the pools of Vegas

  • and irrigates and provides drinking water throughout the west, not a drop makes it to

  • the ocean. Of course we can't help but comment on how it is the government who has centrally

  • planned people to live in the middle of nowhere, to live in deserts. If a free market would

  • have reigned, we would see a much more practical living condition with very little "middle

  • of the desert living," not only relying on cheap oil, but the relocation of water.

  •   While researching the water crisis,

  • came across studies about how in some places in Africa so much water has been pulled out

  • of the ecosystem in order to bottle it and send it around the world, some towns have

  • become deserts.  

  • As the world population grows, the water crisis will become front page news. According to

  • the consulting company McKinsey and Company, by 2030 global water demand will be 40% greater

  • than today's "accessible, reliable, environmentally sustainable supply."

  • members should have no doubt that this is 100% tied into agriculture and food price

  • inflation. 71% of global water withdrawals today go to irrigating our food. Plus, the

  • U.S. government has screwed us with subsidies that are handed out to farmers who plant in

  • areas that need an excessive amount of water. Subsidies are also handed out in misguided

  • attempts to turn food into fuel, something that in our opinion is not only driving food

  • costs up, but is WASTING precious water resources.  

  • Like Oil, It Takes Water For Many Goods.  

  • Cotton T-Shirt, 400 gallons Denim Jeans, 1,800 gallons

  • Car, 39,090 gallons Board of Lumber, 5.4 gallons

  • Barrel of Beer, 1,500 gallons Gallon of paint, 12 gallons

  • One ton of steel, 62,000 gallons Piece of paper, 2.6 gallons

  • Consider how much water it takes to grow our food, feed our animals, and to ourselves.

Today, according to UNICEF, at least 2.6 billion people lack adequate sanitation, while 1.1

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    Lynn Chen   posted on 2016/07/23
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