Jonathan Bastian, the host of KCRW's newest show, The 805, interviewed me for the program aired on Friday, February 22. Listen here.
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by eating food produced with GREEN Water. Not literally green, but food grown with natural rain and moisture. Water footprint researchers assigned colors to water to help differentiate the types of water sources: blue, green and gray. Blue water is sourced from aquifers, reservoirs, and rivers that scribble across the landscape. … Continue reading Celebrate This St. Patrick’s Day with “Green” Water Food
Five years ago I had an idea to write the book Eat Less Water. The idea arrived while I was reading another book, "When The Rivers Run Dry." The book written by Fred Pearce, introduced me to the concept of water footprint and virtual water and educated me to the fact that globally 7 out … Continue reading 2016 Is The Year I Finish My Book Eat Less Water
When did saving water come to mean, make more trash? It seems two weeks ago. That is when the Northern California city of Fort Bragg issued a water rule mandating city eateries to serve food on paper and plastic. The banning of silverware, glass and ceramic is in response to the historic low flows of … Continue reading Save Water and Make More Trash? It Is What City Leaders of Fort Bragg,CA Suggest
I have two objectives for this blog post. First, I invite you read my first published Op-Ed, Drought Solutions Are Porous Pavement, Fewer Pesticides and Herbicides. Please visit the San Jose Mercury News site and leave a comment. My second objective is to get you thinking about writing and submitting your own Op-Ed. In the Spring … Continue reading Write to Change the World
Our definition of saving water needs to broaden to include strategies to keep water. This is especially true in our garden landscapes. While paving over grass with cement or replacing with artificial turf or stones saves water by reducing or eliminating the need to water, this strategy fails to KEEP any water, arguably more critical. … Continue reading 7 “Better” Ways to Save Water in Your Home Landscapes
What uses less water? A soy burger made from irrigated soybeans or a pasture-raised burger? The answer may not be what you think.
John DeRosier’s With the Grain farm grows a diversity of grains without irrigation during the winter and summer months, even when the temperature consistently tops 110 degrees Fahrenheit in Paso Robles, California. He is a dry farmer. The concept was implausible at first. I asked him several times to explain, “How is it you can farm … Continue reading Lessons From a California Dry Farmer
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)
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