- 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
- 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 farCanada 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?
- Grant said:
- 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!
- 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