40 - 50
States expected to see water shortage by 2025
People in the U.S. exposed to arsenic in tap water
Worldwide food production wasted
U.S. households with food insecurity
The last time California was this dry was in 1895. Eighty percent of the state is in extreme or exceptional drought. This increases the cost-of-living for everyone driving those with low income into poverty.
The world’s drinkable water supply is decreasing due to climate change, saltwater intrusions, and contamination. An expanding global population depends on this shrinking life sustaining resource - and the implications resonate at local, national, and geopolitical levels.
Food solutions must be modified and entrenched food sciences renewed. The long term damage due to antibiotics, steroids, and pesticides must be reversed. Also, dated water supply and treatment facilities require urgent renovation to turn back and prevent contamination.
Solutions crafted at home make an international impact. When we better manage our food and water resources, we provide an example for global citizenship. Also, innovations can be exported to other areas of the world to maximize the benefit.
Not Too Late
Despite the tremendous task, sustainable food & clean water solutions are accessible. By implementing local, scalable responses, we can reverse illness, malnutrition, poverty and environmental damage.
For example, local food growing initiatives can reduce the carbon footprint and produce healthier, more biodiverse food. This also reduces transport costs and resource use. It’s not simply a matter of growing more food, but also reducing the environmental impact of agriculture. Plus, we must support economic development so that people can afford to buy food.
Mobilize your talents and resources. Make sure healthy food and clean water are available for future generations to come.
Food & Water Solution Examples
- Improve water efficiency - reuse, drip irrigation, hydroculture & facility improvement
- Smart crop selection - climate appropriate, better yields
- Food education - water and resource friendly diets
- Create incentives attractive to farmer economies
- Value chain intervention - from production to end consumer