The situation with California’s drought is not getting any better. After four years of record-breaking drought conditions, the sunshine state has been forced to enact all sorts of restrictions to help keep at least some water in their freshwater stores.
And these restrictions aren’t your typical “no watering your lawn,” or “turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth.” No, Governor Jerry Brown has laid down the water-saving law and disallowed restaurants from serving water to customers and ordered local municipalities to cut urban water use by 25 percent.
Although Brown calls these restrictions the beginning of a “new era” of water use regulations, we couldn’t help but to notice that he continues to exclude some of the major water using industries from these “sweeping” regulations. Animal agriculture being the largest, and perhaps most obvious, water wasters.
Calling urban cities to cut their water use while around one-fifth of their water supplies get diverted to the agriculture industry is quite literally robbing the poor to feed the feed that eventually goes to feed the rich (basically, this makes zero sense).
As Green Monsters who specialize in drawing the connection between our food choices and their impact on the planet, we have written extensively on the absurdity of this issue … and it looks like Californians may just be beginning to make these connections too! (Or at least the people behind San Francisco’s KGO radio station are.)
You’ll have to listen to the show to hear for yourself, but Nil proposes some pretty groundbreaking ways that Californians (and all Americans) can slash their water footprints. (Hint, hint: It involves vegan donuts!)
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