I'm writing this post because of the lack of true consciousness in the Paleo community.
If I am wrong about the lack of awareness of the real issues in food production and environmental issues, please comment and share the content with me below.
Here is the latest New York Times article calling the West Coast drought the worst in 500 years.
I believe this should be one of the main focal points for our future as a society. We should use our collective efforts in sharing and educating each other about these issues.
If we can apply the same passion we do to sharing recipes and new books on food, we should be able to do the same for the information that I'm going to be presenting in the next series of articles.
My last post was about the gluten-free madness which has some excerpts from an interview with Dr. Tom O'Bryan discussing how Paleo cookies and treats are just as bad, if not worse than normal sweets.
Today I want to help people understand the big picture of the importance of water.
Quite simply, without water, there will be no food.
Regarding the U.S. Water Supply where most of my readers are located, the average daily use of a family of four can be up to 400 gallons.
U.S. EPA - In the last five years, nearly every region of the country has experienced water shortages. At least 36 states are anticipating local, regional, or statewide water shortages by 2013, even under non-drought conditions.
36 out of 50 states are anticipating some sort of water shortage while the rest of the consciousness-promoting websites are only talking about how to satisfy our nostalgia for cookies that are Paleo-friendly!
This isn't something that Toyota Prius' and reusable grocery bags is going to fix.
It's not your fault.
Human nature is to put off problems until they are in your face. This is just part of the primal sprit.
We haven't had to face these issues on such a large scale before.
This is the first time that such a large, populous society has existed in this way. We have never depended on the global system for food, water, products and other resources.
Our dependence on oil and gasoline are the reasons behind some of the problem. Oil prices dictate our entire lives. From water prices to food prices, we are dependent on the oil and gas powered trucking industry to provide our food, water and resources.
If this system were to be damaged or broken, we would quickly see why the recommendations I'm talking about in this article are important.
As outlined in the book The Watchman's Rattle, the author discusses the relationship between 21st Century problems and the wiring of our brains.
In short, the author argues our brains are not able to comprehend the massive scale of the problems that we have on our plate. It's simply a matter of scale.
Once again, it's not your fault.
I use the analogy that we have closed our eyes for 50 years, woken up, open our eyes and dropped our jaws at the way our modern society operates! If you had to explain how your food gets to the grocery store to someone living off the land, it would all make sense.
I could go deeper into the terrifying numbers that are shown in the statistics across the United States and the rest of the world, but we have enough fear in our modern life. I will simply remind you that out of the 70% number that we hear about when it comes to the Earth's content of water, only 1% of that is available for drinking.
Attempt to divvy that 1% across 7,000,000,000 people and you see where the concern lies.
I am all for water conservation such as turning off the sink as you brush your teeth, switching your landscape to plants that use minimal water and getting less car washes each year, but this doesn't account for the large percentage of industrial and agricultural water usage.
Water problems will happen on a local level first.
Ancient civilizations have taught us a lot about the importance of water. A large number of cities in the US including where I used to live in Louisville, Kentucky (pictured below) and currently Austin, Texas are both situated on Rivers. These are just 2 examples of hundred year old cities that wouldn't have flourished without a water source, mainly for transportation.
I took a tour of the Louisville Water Company and learned about how it, and most other cities situated on rivers get their water. It was amazing to say the least.
With over a dozen dams controlling the flow of the Ohio, water shortages would be the last thing to happen to the city. It pumps all of its municipal water out of the river, filters out the sediment and then runs it through a treatment facility.
The natural occurrence of limestone in the ground throughout the Ohio Valley is what has led Louisville to being named the #1 City for best tasting tap water.
Granted, the government still forces the company to add sodium fluoride into the water supply (I asked), but that is a subject for another article.
If I could give advice to someone that takes the issue of water shortages to mind before they are forced to, move somewhere that has a local supply of water.
The sign of hope for restoring the natural water supply within a local or regional area is the Savory Institute.
Their method is to use holistic land management and the influx of free-range animals on dry or desert areas to convert them back into fertile grasslands. This happens with the natural life cycle of animal waste and the conversion to organic material which supplies nutrients and water to the land.
Obviously, Las Vegas is the last place you would want to live when the water shortage really starts to accelerate!
If you are someone who's wanting to go "off-grid" or become more self-sustainable by growing and raising your own food, local water is even more important to you. I recommend finding a property that has a stream, pond or public source of water nearby. (Pic: Florida)
If you are someone who just wants to get used to the way of life that seems inevitable for success and prosperity, go local with your food and water supply!
If we are to succeed with continuing our modern way of life, we will have to put more focus into reconnecting and educating each other about our cities natural water supply, it's state of health and how we can preserve it.
Next time you think about making a move, consider the water resources available for that area. If the city only survives because of semi-truck loads of water bottles being imported each day, you may want to pick a new destination!