Barges On Drought-Stricken Mississippi River "Dead In The Water", Causing Severe Supply Chain Issues
BY TYLER DURDEN - MONDAY, OCT 24, 2022 - 04:20 PM
Authored by Allen Stein via The Epoch Times,
"Dangerously Low" Mississippi River Level May Spark Transport Chaos For Farm Goods During Harvest
BY TYLER DURDEN - SATURDAY, OCT 01, 2022 - 02:00 PM
The Global Water Crisis Could Crush The Energy Industry
BY TYLER DURDEN - MONDAY, SEP 26, 2022 - 05:00 AM
Authored by Felicity Bradstock via OilPrice.com,
The Global Water Crisis Could Crush The Energy Industry
BY TYLER DURDEN - MONDAY, SEP 26, 2022 - 05:00 AM
Authored by Felicity Bradstock via OilPrice.com,
Bombshell Study Confirms This Daily Drink Lowers IQ
BY JOSEPH MERCOLA
TIME - SEPTEMBER 21, 2022
Why Are So Many Historic Natural Disasters Suddenly Hitting Our Planet As We Reach The End Of Summer? - September 19, 2022 by Michael
EPA doing “bare minimum” to address toxic PFAS pollutants in drinking water
Sunday, July 17, 2022 by: Ramon Tomey
Plummeting lake levels threaten Mesa’s water supply
By Scott Shumaker, Tribune Staff Writer - May 15, 2022
Arizona's Top Water Official: "We're Going To Have To Live With Less Water"
BY TYLER DURDEN - THURSDAY, APR 21, 2022 - 04:40 PM
Walmart to Privatize America's Water Supply! - Streamed live 16 hours ago
Radioactive material and pesticides among new contaminants found in US tap water
By Tom Perkins The Guardian 15 hours ago
Nearly 42,000 Sources Of Toxic “Forever Chemicals” Put US Drinking Water At Risk: Study
Bolstering calls for stronger PFAS regulations and more testing, a new analysis released Tuesday finds nearly 42,000 potential sources of toxic “forever chemicals” that could contaminate drinking water in communities throughout the United States.
In their peer-reviewed study, which was published in a special issue of Water Science, Environmental Working Group (EWG) scientists examined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Enforcement and Compliance History Online database to identify potential sources of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) pollution in the nation’s surface and drinking water.
According to their investigation, solid waste landfills, wastewater treatment plants, electroplaters and metal finishers, and petroleum refiners were the facilities that appeared most often as possible sources of PFAS contamination.
Dubbed “forever chemicals” because they don’t break down and can persist in the environment and bioaccumulate over time, PFAS are a class of synthetic compounds that have been linked to adverse health outcomes, including a weakened immune system, reproductive and developmental harms, and an increased susceptibility to cancer, among other negative effects.
EWG researchers point out that discharges of PFAS with industrial wastewater are a major driver of surface and drinking water pollution—putting the health of tens of millions of Americans in jeopardy. Despite these risks, the paper notes, the vast majority of water systems nationwide lack both the technology and the funds to filter out forever chemicals.
“It is critical that the EPA start regulating PFAS—now,” David Andrews, the lead author of the study and a senior scientist at EWG, said in a statement. “Every community in the U.S. is likely affected by PFAS contamination, but those living near or downstream from industrial facilities may be more at risk.”
“Our investigation identifies a huge number of potential sources of contamination,” Andrews continued. “It also provides a framework for deciding where and what to test so we can end releases into the environment.”
The paper includes case studies of data available from California and Michigan, which show that PFAS pollution is common at a variety of sites, heightening the importance of widespread testing for forever chemicals in wastewater.
“The results from states like Michigan show there is a wide variety of sources of PFAS in surface water,” said Andrews. “Many landfills and industrial sites release PFAS at detectable concentrations that may exceed state limits or health guidelines for PFAS in water.”
He added that “it is urgent that ongoing releases of PFAS be identified. We need to stop nonessential uses of PFAS and use filters to reduce these compounds from our water.”
Getting forever chemicals out of the country’s water supplies “remains a nationwide challenge,” EWG stressed, “but it’s one that can be met through comprehensive tests of surface water and drinking water, along with tests of wastewater from potential PFAS sources.”
In July, the U.S. House passed the PFAS Action Act of 2021, which would improve the federal oversight and facilitate the cleanup of forever chemicals, but the U.S. Senate has yet to take up the legislation.
Source: Common Dreams
15,000 water wells could be declared illegal in 2022, causing economic chaos
Les Leyne / Times Colonist
OCTOBER 5, 2021 06:00 AM
It's no worry... I'm Kevin!
Pro-Life' Sorry I called you Bob at the Economic Collapse board. I had that "NY Bob" in my head. If I knew you name, I forgot.
Orlando Mayor urges residents to limit water usage because liquid oxygen used by treatment plants is being diverted to hospitals to treat COVID-19 patients
• Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer asked residents to stop watering lawns and washing cars for a least a week, and the reason tracks back to the COVID-19 surge
• Dyer explained that many COVID-19 patients require liquid oxygen for their treatment, helping them breathe easier
• Nationally and locally the demand for liquid oxygen is high as COVID-19 has surged and many have not been vaccinated
• Dyer said there could be impacts to the water quality if the city doesn't reduce the amount of water it needs to treat
• If the shortage due to COVID-19 gets even worse, that could lead to a citywide boil order
By ALASTAIR TALBOT FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 17:35 EDT, 22 August 2021 | UPDATED: 22:09 EDT, 22 August 2021
So not BS, just the S, one can't make this stiff up?
Hahahahahahaha... they'll be using treated water from sewage treatment plants to do that... they never go back... more.... more.... more.... BS!!!
How do you spell BS, am I wrong?
PepsiCo aims to replenish more water than it consumes by 2030
PepsiCo said in a statement it is aiming to become net water positive, or replenish more water than it uses, by 2030. If the company were to achieve its goal, PepsiCo said it would be among the most water-efficient food or beverage manufacturers operating in high-risk watersheds.
The company said the stringent water-use-efficiency standards would cover more than 1,000 company-owned and third-party facilities, with nearly half located in high-risk watersheds. This would save more than 11 billion liters of water annually.
PepsiCo's commitment to improve its water consumption comes as food and beverage giants across the world look to reduce their environment footprint through a host of measures, including the use of recycled material, renewable energy, sustainable growing practices and curbing of emissions.
PepsiCo, with brands such as Mt Dew, Aquafina and Fritos, uses plenty of water to make the products that collectively generate billions of dollars in sales each year. In 2020 alone, the company consumed more than 28.1 billion liters of water.
Its newest pledge builds on earlier commitments. Its 2020 sustainability report showed the company wants to improve water-use efficiency by 15% in its agricultural supply chain (focused on corn and potatoes) in high water-risk areas by 2025. It also wants to return 100% of the water used in manufacturing in high-risk areas by 2025. A year ago, PepsiCo replenished 18% of the water compared to 10% in 2019 and 9% in 2016.
"Time is running out for the world to act on water. Water is not only a critical component of our food system, it is a fundamental human right — and the lack of safe, clean water around the world is one of the most pressing issues facing our global community today," Jim Andrew, chief sustainability officer at PepsiCo, said in a statement announcing its net water positive initiative.
David Grant, PepsiCo’s sustainability director of global water stewardship, told The Wall Street Journal returning more water back than it consumes would include measures such as injecting water back into aquifers in high-stress areas and working on conservation projects that make it easier for the land to absorb rainwater.
PepsiCo did not say now much money it would spend on the water commitment, but Grant told the paper it would make “a significant investment at sites around the world.”
A study by Nielsen in 2018 found nearly half of consumers are likely to change what they buy to meet environmental standards. In many cases, they will make the switch even if it means paying more for the products.
Food and beverage companies, however, not only have a vested interest in improving their environmental footprint to appease consumers, but for their long-term future and bottom line. The global food sector accounts for 70% of the world’s fresh water use, according to Ceres. The group cites U.N. estimates saying demand for water will be 40% more than supply by 2030.
In June, Barclays said in a research note water scarcity is “the most important environmental concern” for the global consumer staples sector, which includes food and beverage companies. Consumer staples face a $200 billion impact from water scarcity, the U.K. bank said.
For this reason, water has become a major area of focus for large CPGs. Danone, Diageo, General Mills, Hormel Foods, Kellogg and PepsiCo are among the businesses who have participated in the Ceres and World Wildlife Fund AgWater Challenge. Launched in 2016, the AgWater Challenge encourages large food and beverage companies to be more conscious about their water usage.
Even meat and poultry processor Tyson Foods, a long-time critic of green groups, is working with the Environmental Defense Fund on a land stewardship initiative that will allow it to cut back on its water use, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help farmers yield more food.
Food and beverage companies have drawn fire from some critics for making pledges and failing to meet those goals, or not being transparent enough on their progress. However, as more businesses like PepsiCo commit to greater water stewardship, pressure will be heaped on other CPGs to do the same from both shareholders and consumers.
U.S. declares first Western reservoir water shortage, triggering cuts
By Nichola Groom - August 17, 2021 - 4:21 AM EDT
Infographic: Lake Mead at a low
By Sam Hart
PUBLISHED AUG. 9, 2021
Megadrought Nightmare: No Water For Crops, Horrific Wildfires, Colossal Dust Storms And Draconian Water Restrictions
May 16, 2021 by Michael Snyder
This is one I have not kept in front of me.. there is always a reason to be concerned about food quality and the water supply is chief among those concerns.
Onion outbreak likely caused by contaminated water, FDA says
A U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigation into last year's massive salmonella outbreak caused by red onions — which resulted in 1,127 reported illnesses in the United States and 515 in Canada — found no conclusive proof as to what caused it. However, investigators believe it was likely contamination in irrigation water for a field where onions were grown because many different strains of salmonella were found there.
While investigators were unable to find a strain of salmonella that was a perfect match for the one implicated in the outbreak, they took samples from various locations on and near onion farms in the area. Salmonella was present in samples from 10 different locations, the report says.
The onion outbreak was the largest one reported in a decade, according to the FDA. It also was noteworthy because red onions had not previously been affiliated with an outbreak.
The FDA's report reads like an ominous warning to farmers and consumers anywhere. A commodity crop that had never had an outbreak unexpectedly causes the largest one in years, with consumers in 48 states reporting illnesses. The true source of the contamination is not found, but many other ones were discovered.
The report shows potential contamination is prevalent throughout an average farming operation, and it can reach consumers through any crop, not just ones like romaine lettuce that have previously been common vectors for foodborne illness.
"Considering these findings, the FDA encourages all produce growers to assess risks that may be posed by adjacent and nearby land uses, especially as it relates to the presence of livestock and the interface between farmland, rangeland, irrigation water, and other agricultural areas," Frank Yiannas, FDA's deputy commissioner for food policy and response, said in a written statement.
During the outbreak, FDA was able to trace its source to red onions produced by Thomson International, which has growing facilities in Holtville and Bakersfield, California.
The federal agency and state investigators took samples from several locations in both facilities and observed multiple ways the crop could have been contaminated. Numerous birds and ground squirrels and their droppings were in the direct area of onion growing and harvesting. In Holtville, an alfalfa field with hundreds of grazing sheep was directly adjacent to an onion field.
All of these, the report points out, could lead to heightened danger for salmonella contamination. Additionally, the FDA noted there were several cattle feeding operations within 3.5 miles of the onion fields, which could have the potential to factor into contamination.
The Bakersfield facility included an onion packing house where inspectors found evidence of cats, birds and their nests, as well as evidence of pests on surfaces that came in contact with the crops. Food contact surfaces were not regularly inspected, maintained, cleaned or sanitized, inspectors found. There were few records of who cleaned and when, and water was rarely used in the cleaning process.
The report points out there is nothing unusual about these facilities and the way they were run and maintained. Irrigation water is rarely treated on onion farms, and the processing area in Bakersfield — including its cleaning protocol — is similar to others.
While this report highlighted a number of potential contamination hazards in a produce operation, there are no mandates for many of the things that could be done to improve safety protocols.
The FDA has been working toward implementing food safety regulations for agricultural operations through the Food Safety Modernization Act's Produce Safety Rule, but is still in the rulemaking phase for requirements dealing with water quality and testing for most operations. The recommendations outlined in the FDA's report on the outbreak ask produce growers and processors to take preventive measures, consider water testing and water treatment, and enhance their traceability framework so that sources of outbreaks can quickly and easily be pinpointed.
For its part, the FDA is working toward improving some of these things. Last summer, it partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency to adopt protocol to test and treat water used in agriculture. The program is voluntary and requires landowners to grant access to their water sources for testing. In addition, the FDA launched a 10-year initiative to use technology — including traceability — to improve food safety.
Until these items are fully implemented, the onion outbreak and the report about it are warnings to the industry that they need to make operational changes sooner rather than later.
World's Oranges, Coffee at Risk as Brazil Runs Out of Water
Brazil, the world’s biggest exporter of coffee, sugar and orange juice, just had a rainy season that brought hardly any rain.
Soils are parched and river levels are low in the nation’s Center-South region, a powerhouse of agricultural output. The drought is so severe that farmers are worried they’ll run out of the water reserves that help keep crops alive over the next several months, the country’s dry season.
Mauricio Pinheiro, 59, started irrigating his arabica-coffee crops in March, two months earlier than normal, after his 53-hectare (131-acre) plantation got less than half of the rain it needed. He’s using so much water for the plants that there isn’t enough left for his home. In order to keep the showers and faucets running, he’s had to search for another well.
“My irrigation reservoir is drying up now -- that usually happens in August,” said Pinheiro, who lives in Pedregulho in the Alta Mogiana region, in Sao Paulo state. “I’m really concerned about running out of water in the coming months.”
The prospect of withering orange trees and coffee plants is coming at a time when agricultural crops are rallying to multiyear highs, which has fanned fears of food inflation. Higher food costs may exacerbate hunger, a problem around the globe that the Covid-19 pandemic has made more acute. Coffee and raw-sugar contracts on the ICE Futures exchange in New York have already touched four-year highs.
If even irrigated areas can’t get enough water, Brazil’s coffee and orange output may decline for a second year in a row. Brazil’s current orange crop shrunk 31% from the previous season, the most in 33 years, and production of arabica coffee, the high-end kind used by chains like Starbucks Corp., is also dropping sharply.
Rainfall was disastrously low for many areas in Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais from January to April, said John Corbett, Chief Executive Officer at aWhere Inc. The worst hit areas received less than half of normal precipitation, at a critical time when coffee plants need moisture for the beans to grow. It is also a period when the soil stores water to cope with the dry season.
That came on top of adverse drier-than-normal conditions in some parts last year, notably in Sao Paulo and Parana, said Paul Markert, meteorologist for Maxar Technologies Inc. in Maryland.
While a dry spell is typical for this time of year in Brazil, it’s expected to last longer than usual, adding to concerns. Regular rains will return to the region between October and November, instead of September, said Celso Oliveira, a meteorologist at Somar Meteorologia.
About 30% of Brazil’s orange crop and 15% of arabica coffee fields are irrigated.
“The levels of rivers and lakes has been very concerning,” said Regis Ricco, director at Minas Gerais-based RR Consultoria Rural.
Francisco Sergio de Assis, a coffee grower in Monte Carmelo, a municipality in the Cerrado region of Minas Gerais, started irrigating his fields a month early, and doesn’t think his water reservoirs will last if it doesn’t rain by September.
The situation is becoming critical for orange groves. Emerson Fachini, an orange farmer who cultivates 45 hectares in Palestina municipality in Sao Paulo state, said he’s had irrigation systems turned on for most of the time since January.
“Water reservoirs are drying up, depleted just ahead of the dry season,” Gilberto Tozatti, of Sao Paulo-based GCONCI-Group Citrus Consulting, said by phone. “The situation is affecting most of Sao Paulo state and still harming next season’s crop.”
Overall, these companies in California and elsewhere have been leaching off the public for many decades. I agree.
About time California goes after Nestle and others making money off of their precious water.
''We will pursue all legal options...' Nestlé Waters/ BlueTriton Brands ups ante in California spring water spat
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