Friday, July 27, 2012

Water Conservation and Meat from TEXAS

Texas should pass strict water conservation laws. It is as simple as that. Why is it so hard to get this accepted by everyone? Rhetorical question, don’t answer that. I for one am extremely accepting of cutting water anywhere we possibly can. I can definitely take shorter showers, wash clothes when it is absolutely necessary and I can use paper plates instead of regular ones so I won’t have to run the dishwasher as much.
Though I suppose that’s what a lot of people will be okay with, right? I guess the bigger thing is watering our yard and more importantly, watering our crops and land where our meat is. State Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples has a lot to say. He feels that the waste that “farmers” are using, are not what they seem. “Blaming agriculture is hog wash…Modern agriculture has been doing more with less for decades… Agriculture may be a convenient target for accusations of wasteful water usage but it’s actually more efficient than ever, and its impressive return-on-investment provides our country with a reliable, domestic food supply.”      
What are we going to do? We need our food but we also need to preserve our water source. Water Development Board report in 2011 found that the water being used in the farmland water decreased the amount of water used by about 14 percent. Whoa! Now that is an improvement especially stating the fact that the Texan population has increased significantly within the past decades.
In short, water conservation is definitely important but maintaining healthy livestock (that requires substantial water) is important too. I mean what else are we going to eat, meat from Maryland?  

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