Dear Mr. Scott Pruitt (President Trump's Nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency), On warm winter afternoons, my daughter Estrella and I head to the beach. She sits in the matching beach chair beside me with her sketch pad and Harry Potter book. But the books are quickly tossed on the beach towel. Instead, she … Continue reading America the Beautiful Thanks to the EPA- an open letter to Scott Pruitt
Protective gear is essential when dealing with contagious viruses, or radioactive cleanups, but shouldn’t be a necessity on the farms that grow the food we eat.
A guest on the Oprah Winfrey show was a young woman in over her head in debt. Oprah said to her something like the following, “I would pay your debt right now if I thought it would help you....but all you will do is run up the debt again.” Instead, she gifted her financial coaching, … Continue reading Drought Bill and Water (and how it relates to Oprah)
D.H. Lawrence wrote, "Water is H2O, hydrogen two parts, oxygen one, but there is also a third thing that makes it water. And nobody knows what it is." It was 75 degrees at 4:30 P.M. at the beach. I'd just dropped my eldest daughter off at ballet class and was heading home to start dinner … Continue reading “The Third Thing” That Makes Water
From my dry spot in California (too dry) the devestation of Hurricane Sandy spilled from the television screen. I felt the heartbreak for all that the 'super storm' swept away. The sea receded but left in its sediment evidence of climate change. Climate change is fundamentally about water. Too much water, too little water, rising … Continue reading Climate Change and five things you can do about it.
"What does sustainably farmed mean?" I asked at the farmer's market. The word sustainable is a word that is often thrown around to describe anything from food to underwear. "Sustainably farmed means we don't use chemicals when we don't need to and use them when the conditions don't allow for organic farming." "What do you … Continue reading ‘Sustainably Farmed’ Defined
By Florencia Ramirez I believe in mermaids. Not the existence of mermaids even though much of the ocean is swallowed in mystery. It is estimated that only five percent of the ocean has been explored according to the NOAA. The mermaid is my muse for my Eat Less Water book project. She swims in our … Continue reading Believe in Mermaids
Ninety percent of agriculture worldwide is rain-fed, grown with green water. Rain-fed food requires no irrigation because the crop is sustained during the dry summer months with spring rainfall. But our global climate is moving us into unchartered territory. According to the United Nations World Water Report, our planet will warm anywhere between 2 and … Continue reading The Grip of Severe Droughts
For the past five days I have swam in a small bay on the Pacific Ocean at Xinalani. Under the shade of a white canvas umbrella I have contemplated the forms of boulders that make up a cliff that separates the small beach from a river. I had given little thought to the river the … Continue reading Swollen Rivers
Organic farming is better than conventional farming at reducing gray water runoff, largely because it avoids the use of synthetic fertilizers, but organic farming methods alone have limitations when it comes to achieving water-sustainable food production as do organic Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). A sign posted on a field I often pass reads, Organic … Continue reading Limits of USDA Organic on Water