Part 13: Water, meat and fish
If you look at California today, you see more filtered water outlets than anywhere in the world. More people buy bottled water than anywhere else in the USA. However, water diminishes with the addition of 1,700 people added 24/7. At 38 million, California expects to add close to 20 million within 30 years. At 1,700 added net gain per day, that equals 620,000 a year. In three decades, well, work the math!
California may be the first state that introduces ‘toilet to the tap’ water for all its citizens in major cities. That means, dear reader, they expect to purify toilet water and rotate it back to your kitchen sink. Now, that’s an exciting thought!
In his brilliantly written book, Too Many People, Lindsey Grant addresses such things as our energy depletion, food crisis and much more. You may find his book at www.sevenlockspress.com and www.amazon.com . Grant is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Environment and Population Affairs.
“A growing world population has been fed in part by the expansion of irrigation, but irrigation is encountering its limits, because the world is outrunning a limited supply of water,” said Grant. “Irrigation is mankind’s major use of water. Worldwide, it represents 70 percent or more. Irrigation results in salinization. Salts build up in the soil if it cannot be flushed regularly, until crops cannot grow in it.”
For a sobering look at America’s future by adding 100 million people, water will prove our most drastic problem. Ironically, we continue using vast quantities of water as if we enjoyed an endless supply. We do not!
“By one estimate, humankind is already using 54 percent of “accessible runoff,” said Grant. “It will need much more to provide for expanding population. If rivers are drying up and groundwater tables are falling, where will it come from on a finite Earth? Recycling and conservation can only go so far…Canada has already taken steps to insure that it is not pumped south to the United States.”
HOW CAN WE LESSEN THE NEED FOR WATER?
“Can we even imagine how much less tense life would be and how much less deadly droughts would be, if particularly in arid areas there were one-third the population and therefore three times as much water per capita as now, coupled with modern capabilities to manage it,” said Grant.
MEAT AND FISH
Most Americans do not have a clue as to the environmental price of raising beef for their dinner tables. For each pound of beef, a cow must eat 16 pounds of grain and drink—“To date, probably the most reliable and widely-accepted water estimate to produce a pound of beef is the figure of 2,500 gallons per pound. Newsweek once put it another way: "The water that goes into a 1,000 pound steer would float a destroyer."
Additionally, one 1,000 pound beef cow creates 80 pounds of manure per day. (Source: www.answers.com) With 33 million cows in the USA, the pollution alone reaches into the millions of tons of manure draining into ground water and rivers. If you take pig farms and chicken farms, good grief, what a mess!
When it comes to fish, we don’t raise much of them, but we hunt them. “To feed a hungry world, the marine catch quadrupled to around 70 million tons in the 1980s—where it stalled. To make up the gap, nations like China turned to aqua-culture, which now produces 20 million tons a year,” said Grant.
Can we sustain current fishing practices that ‘rape’ the ocean floor with 20 to 30 mile long drift nets that ‘grab’ everything in sight? Can we keep poisoning the oceans and expect eat those fish?
· The breeding grounds for ocean fish are heavily concentrated in bays and estuaries, which are suffering from eutrophication driven by agriculture and sewage outflows and from multiple industrial pollutants. I have cited the plight of the Chesapeake and the “dead zone” off the Mississippi River estuary.
· Anadromous fish, principally salmon, are disappearing stock by stock, because of dammed rivers, muddied breeding shoals and pollution.
· Human activity is affecting the sea in multiple ways that we barely understand. We do not know the tolerance levels of different fish for our environmental insults.
Grant finished, “If world population were two billion, one-third its present size, 50 million tons of fish would mean half again as much, per capita, as the present take from all fishery, including aquaculture, without running down the stocks. We would not be putting nearly so many pollutants into the sea because we would be using less fertilizer, fewer chemicals, and less energy, and this would mitigate our impact on the ocean. If the 50 million-ton catch is unsustainable, perhaps that suggests an even smaller population would be desirable.”
Instead, we expect to add 100 million people to the USA within 25 years!
If any of us, no matter what our race, creed or color might be, refuse to engage our U.S. Congress as we have not for 30 years as to the population/immigration equation—our children will find themselves living in a terribly degraded America where the American Dream will be described by the history books as a ‘fleeting fantasy’ from the era of 1950 to 2010. These are several of the top organizations where you can take collective action to change the course of American history as well as in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. Take collective action at www.numbersusa.com ; www.fairus.org ; www.capsweb.org ; www.thesocialcontract.com ; www.populationmedia.org ; www.worldpopulationbalance.org ; www.populationconnection.org ; www.quinacrine.com ; www.familyplanning.org/ , www.skil.org ; www.growthbusters.com ; www.populationpress.org ; www.thinkpopulation.org ; www.carryingcapacity.org ; www.balance.org ; www.controlgrowth.org ; in Canada www.immigrationwatchcanada.org ; in Australia www.population.org.au and PublicPopForum@yahoogroups.com ; in Great Britain www.optimumpopulation.org ; and dozens of other sites accessed at www.frostywooldridge.com.
Must see DVD: “Blind Spot” http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/blind_spot/ , This movie illustrates America’s future without oil, water and other resources to keep this civilization functioning. It’s a brilliant educational movie! www.blindspotdoc.com
Must see: Rapid Population Decline, seven minute video by Dr. Jack Alpert-
see and funny: www.growthbusters.org ; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXSTrW_dARc
Dave Gardner’s Polar Bear in Bedroom: http://growthbusters.org/2010/03/save-the-polar-bear-in-your-bedroom ; Dave Gardner, President, Citizen-Powered Media ; Producing the Documentary, GROWTH BUSTERS; presents Hooked on Growth: Our Misguided Quest for Prosperity, Join the cause at www .growthbusters.org ;760 Wycliffe Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 USA; +1 719-576-5565
Check out this link with Wooldridge on bicycle and Lester Brown and panel discussion:
Tomorrow's America project on www.youtube.com/contemporarylearning.
Producer: GEORGE A. COLBURN www.tomorrowsamerica.com
Link to www.tomorrowsamerica.com for more discussions on America’s predicament.
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Frosty Wooldridge has bicycled across six continents – from the Arctic to the South Pole – as well as six times across the USA, coast to coast and border to border. In 2005, he bicycled from the Arctic Circle, Norway to Athens, Greece. He presents “The Coming Population Crisis in America: and what you can do about it” to civic clubs, church groups, high schools and colleges. He works to bring about sensible world population balance at www.frostywooldridge.com He is the author of: America on the Brink: The Next Added 100 Million Americans. Copies available: 1 888 280 7715