America the Beautiful Thanks to the EPA- an open letter to Scott Pruitt

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

Drought Bill and Water (and how it relates to Oprah)

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)

Climate Change and five things you can do about it.

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.

‘Sustainably Farmed’ Defined

"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

The Grip of Severe Droughts

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

Limits of USDA Organic on Water

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