The following news article came up in my newsfeed Steep Water Cuts Are Coming For the Southwest As Colorado River Shrinks and Lake Mead's Level Plummets. I think it’s safe to say you have seen a similar article in recent days. And like me, you are concerned. So, what does that have to do with farm-to-table restaurants? And I'd say it has everything to do with it.
We are facing serious water shortages, not just in the Southwest, but around the nation and the world. The negotiations that are occurring between states and policymakers on ways to get folks to lower their water usage cannot begin an end with changing out your lawns. That is a strategy that's rolled out every drought, including shorter showers, turning off the faucet when you brush your teeth, etc. All those action steps are important. But consider this:
Each person uses 82 gallons of water every day in the United States. Each person eats anywhere between 500 to 1300 gallons of water, our virtual water footprint. Every day 80% of all water flows to grow and produce our food. The conversation always seems to leave out agriculture in any meaningful way. We have an opportunity to dig deep and strategies and ways to support our farmers who are implementing strategies that save water and build soil and are part of the solution.
In this episode, I’m joined by my husband and number one supporter on carving a path to Eat Less Water since day 1. Together we go through the steps to seek and support farm-to-table restaurants that are a piece of this puzzle to use less water.
Tips to Make Sure you are Buying the Right Salmon
In the episode, the term "free range" came up. Here is the definition I found:
“Free range” labels are regulated by the USDA only for poultry produced for meat – it’s not regulated for pigs, cattle or egg-producing chickens. Nor are the requirements very high. Poultry can use the label if the chicken had any access to the outdoors each day for some unspecified period of time; it could be just a few minutes and does not assure that the animal ever actually went outdoors to roam freely.
Here is a link to a useful article on the definition of labels.
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