Updated: May 8, 2021
This documentary-film "The H20 Project" is an artistic exploration of the state of water in the U.S. and abroad, inspired by scientific research from a variety of sources such as "Where the Water Goes" by David Owen, "The Big Thirst" by Charles Fishman, "Poverty and Water" edited by David Hemson, Kassim Kulindwa, Kaakon Lein & Adolfo Mascarenhas, and "The Water Problem" by Pat Mulroy to list a few examples.
The film "Blue Gold: World Water Wars" created in 2008 is also a call to action from viewers the world needs to pay attention to; it is an issue that transcends "isms".
Inspired by a local dilemma on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, this film is a controversial theme for many reasons. One of them is because this is an agricultural community rooted in time; people do not appreciate outsiders asking for change and/or reappraisal of tried and true techniques.
Farmers don't want to hear that our drinking water needs to be reexamined partially due to the overarching impact of how we extract our food from the Earth because that means more cost to them; more work, more time no one has because they're too busy working.
In fact, no one really WANTS to hear this message, but they NEED to in order to realize this is a dilemma we will have to face regardless of class, race, gender or level of concern.
Climate change will impact population migration patterns, people will flee the West Coast in droves as the decade progresses. By 2035, the true cost of our neglect will be evident.
Climate change, without conscious effort to reverse, will alter the natural flora and fauna beyond recognition.
As far as "water" used for crops, water used for daily drinking, water used in our personal gardens, water that leaks into aquifers from farming practices and human activity; I ask myself: are the current techniques enough to prevent harmful contaminants from impacting our water supply?
Why Can't Farmers Be Incentivized by the "Government" to Use Environmentally-Friendly Alternatives to Harsh Chemical-Based Pesticides? Maybe a tax break, a grant, subsidized usage, special whatever -it- takes- to -get -a -transition- of habit- to -occur?
It's hard to motivate change, especially of that change isn't immediately obvious or visible; or if its cheaper to do what is harmful but easier and effective.
These chemicals end up in the water supply; not rocket science. We're just too indifferently individual to change our ways. This is the truth.
When these chemical based products seep down into the soil, the chemicals also contaminate the groundwater, making it dangerous for local wildlife to inhabit. Pretty obvious.
While most chemical pesticides effectively kill pests, they can negatively affect various plants, reducing the yield. Oh, and like. Cause cancer and kill people in high concentrations that build up over time.
Here are alternatives:
Insectary Plants: Rosemary & Mint. These attract bugs that will target pests from infiltrating your garden.
Diatomaceous Earth: earth made from silica shells of algae formed together, from a power. This then kills the insects through death by dehydration and they leave your tomato plants alone.
Introducing Birds and Insect Eating Mammals: create a welcoming environment for local birds who then eat pests that harm plant life. Make bird feeders, nesting boxes.
Neem Oil: Extract from the Neem Plant. This oil is poison to most pests and insects.
Mulching: process of applying shredded parts of a plant, especially leaves, on the soil's surface. Well-executed mulching is an effective pest control measure, as it minimizes the odds of soil damage, discourages weed growth, and reduces direct sunlight's effects on the soil.
Insecticidal Oils: One of the most commonly used natural pest control methos in the eco-friendly gardening community. Unlike other methods listed, gardeners have depended on insecticidal oils for a significant amount of time. They help with spider mites, aphids, and psylla populations.
Regulate Squirrels, Rabbit and Bird Access: Avert them with a meshed wire fence.
Introduce Microbial Diseases of Insects: Common pathogenic diseases that affect common household pests include fungi, viruses, and various bacteria. When introducing these diseases into a garden, they're guaranteed to kill the pests infiltrating your garden or successfully interfere with their reproduction cycles, making it a safer space for your plant life.
My favorite option: colloidal silver.
"...Colloidal silver is essentially pure water with ultra-tiny nanoparticles of silver suspended inside. The ionic form of silver is capable of killing more than 650 different pathogens. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) named silver as an oligodynamic biocide, which means it attacks primitive life forms but doesn’t harm more mature organisms.
The beauty of using colloidal silver in the garden is that it’s very safe for the plants, but it tenaciously targets the bacteria, parasites and other pathogens..."
-Dr. Keith F. Courtenay
At the end of the day, the quest of reformed water quality is a shared burden. Ignoring the long term ramifications is already inevitable in our collective health; that of our selves and Earth.
Yes, in a broad sense, poverty is improving, people are living longer, life on Earth is improving; but it could be better. Much, much better.
We have a long way to go. It starts with food and water. Can't have food without water, can't live without water.
It's late at night, I'm tired. I just wanted whoever was reading this to give a thought to colloidal silver and neem oil; oh and how to change entire systemic practices.
Go Watch Blue Gold: World Water Wars. They have all the facts.