Amber waves of grain may soon be replaced by towering stalks of industrial hemp as farmers across America begin growing this newly legalized form of cannabis. As of May 10th, 2018, Arizona became the 36th state to take on the task of converting this formerly controlled substance into a commercial commodity.1 Will all the hubbub … Continue reading Could Farming Hemp Save Water?
Currently, 30 states and the District of Columbia have legalized forms of marijuana and more states are likely to follow. Marijuana sales have been on fire. In 2017, sales were expected to reach $9.7 billion, and analysts are predicting sales of $24.5 billion by 2021, as new states enter the market. Yet, behind the “green … Continue reading The Highs and Lows of Growing Weed
You may remember this iconic line offered as career advice to young Benjamin Braddock in the 1967 movie The Graduate. Its delivery seemed to foreshadow a revolution in convenience which has clearly come to pass. Everywhere we look we see plastics – in ours homes, in our cars, in our businesses and certainly in the … Continue reading “One Word…Plastics”
A disturbing trend involving access to water is emerging in the United States. People in communities around the country are struggling to stay connected to their local water services, primarily due to large price increases. Lower-income households are being hit the hardest and unlike with other utilities, financial assistance is usually not available. This begs … Continue reading Is Water Service a Privilege?
It may surprise some Americans to know that within our thriving, capitalist culture there is a growing segment of people living in third world conditions, with limited access to water and proper sanitation. What is not surprising is most of these people live in or on the edge of poverty. In an era of large … Continue reading The Price of Comfort
A pesky, purple cartoon mosquito adorned T-shirts given out by the Massachusetts General Hospital blood donor program in the 1990s, encouraging participants to “Starve a Mosquito - Donate Blood.” This whimsical, uplifting logo once used to promote blood donation might be given second thought today as a plethora of mosquito-caused diseases have been spreading around … Continue reading From Pesky to Pestilent
Historically, water has always been a problem in the American southwest. In the 19th century, the problem was either too much water or too little. Too much came in the form of sporadic, intense storms producing uncontrollable flood waters which destroyed everything in its path. Too little resulted from prolonged drought conditions or attempts to … Continue reading Southwest Water History – The American Canal
Arizona’s history is colored by feuds and fights; the most famous being the OK Corral in Tombstone. One of the most protracted fights in Arizona history was with California over water allocations from the Colorado River. Political leaders in both states have fought bitterly over water rights for decades. Threats of fistfights and filibusters were … Continue reading Arizona Water History – Marshaling Martial Law
Years ago I remember reading reports on the connection between the cattle industry and global warming. The articles spoke about how cow flatulence (cow farts) produced excessive amounts of methane, one of the worst gases contributing to global warming. I dismissed the stories mainly because the reporters’ irreverent slants on cow farts impacting our atmosphere … Continue reading Cow-tastrophe in the Making – Environmental Impacts of the Cattle Industry.
Most people think access to water is a God-given right, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. History is filled with legal precedents trying to resolve basic water rights; essentially sorting out the “haves versus the have-nots”. Even today, in water-scarce areas like South Africa and the Middle East, unstable governments are allowing private … Continue reading Is water a God-given right?