Water is what makes agriculture possible and without it all life would burn and turn to dust. Irrigation rights are fraught with feuding politics, outdated policies and law suits, yet without irrigation and water rights, a lot of this nations farming couldn’t thrive. The health of our rivers and streams is an excellent indicator of the health of our soil and air. Inevitably chemical fertilizers and pollutants find their way to our water resources, where negative factors run amuck, drastically effecting the bio-diversity and natural balance of a region.
Water for the planet flows like our own body’s arterial system. It carries along nutrients for growth and health, or toxins, that contribute to disease. Clean and plentiful water is not only necessary nourishment it is imperative for our survival. “Water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink” is not the future we want to contribute to. Alarmingly, water supplies across the globe are increasingly dwindling, the water table diminishing, while more demands are made for this valuable resource.
Today’s mega agriculture system, has allocated water, but uses it far less efficiently than small scale farming. Now, we live in an era where small scale farmers have to compete with communities for their water supply, which is not a good thing, as Bill Simon Ph.D, water specialist and sheep farmer concisely sums it up in the film, “ We need water to grow food, and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like to eat food.”