Bottled Water from Drought Ridden California?

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The Atlantic -- Why Bottled Water Comes From California, Which Can't Spare Much

Spring water or tap water -- a lot of it is used to produce those plastic bottles of water. heck, the article even states those bottling manufacturers who make 'other stuff' (soda, etc.) use about 1.63 liters of water to make a 1.0 liter bottle of 'other stuff'. Talk about wasting water.

Of course, the article also recounts how 80% of the water usage in California goes to agriculture. Takes a lot of water to make feed for animals; water those animals; turn those animals into McAnimal burgers. And then there is the whole 'standard' farming use.

Got some nice graphics too -- on which parts of the US have the worst drought conditions/water shortages and where all the bottling plants and such are located in California. It's a decent article.

Does seem odd that a place that has had cyclic decade long droughts in the past and having a pretty intense one this year (recommending painting lawns green instead of using the water to keep it alive!) should be handing out water to the rest of the nation. Wonder why their production isn't closed down and shifted to those sister bottling plants in less drought ridden states like Alabama, etc.? Yes, I know -- keep folks employed and all that but -- it does seem kind of senseless... dying for water while handing it out to the rest of the continent.
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Re: Farms using 80% of the water

I saw most of a Saturday morning 'fresh food for your garden'/PBS type show and they did ten minutes on a place in Oklahoma that kind of made me sit back and appreciate the forward thinking of the whole thing.
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Aeroponics is a growing method by which plants are grown in a tightly controlled environment without soil and with very little water required. These methods eliminate the use of traditional fertilizers such as animal manure, which has been identified as a source of E. coli and other diseases. Water use is dramatically less than traditional agriculture and tightly controlled and monitored to provide the best and most essential nutrients to the plants in the safest and most efficient manner.

The controlled environment of the greenhouse protects the plants from uncontrollable outside elements such as adverse weather conditions and insects, helping to greatly minimize the need for pesticides and herbicides. Only organic pesticides and herbicides are used when needed. This means that the produce is fresh, safe, nutritious, and available throughout the year.

If nothing else, this makes tons of sense when thinking about conserving water in drought conditions and still being able to produce large output for local users.
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