After writing Monday's post on The Land and touching on the use of water in agriculture, I coincidentally stumbled into some information that I thought tied in very closely to my post.
First, I linked to this on Twitter, but would be remiss if I didn't mention the phenomenal work done at The Epcot Legacy on their Future World Soundtrack Series (specifically The Land for this post). Download and donate, you'll be happy you did. Now, on to the supplemental material.
I'm a massive podcast listener, I listen through my commute every day, while I work out, and pretty much any time I feel I can concentrate on the material being presented. The TED Radio Hour is one I've subscribed to, but haven't listened to much, mainly because I had other podcasts I was catching up on. Yesterday morning, while on the train, I randomly picked one episode of the TED Radio Hour ("Finite") and part of it dealt with water use in agriculture. It fits in very well as a companion piece, and honestly should be a point of focus on Living with the Land, as we tour the greenhouse, so that more people understand the issue. If anyone is interested, here is the full TED talk from Jon Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment (IonE) at the University of Minnesota.
Also, while I'm here, there is a good episode of NPR's Planet Money on the subject as well. This one about the water usage in California agriculture, especially timely because of the drought. It covers farmer's usage of water to grow water-needy crops like Almonds and the pros/cons of draining their existing aquifers to grow these crops that are in high demand.
To continue along the podcast trail, there is a 2 part StarTalk Radio (live) with Neil DeGrasse Tyson, where he speaks about water and the current/upcoming problems with a cast including Robert F Kennedy Jr. who works with the Waterkeeper Alliance.
If you are into this kind of thing, and know of more interesting stories, articles, podcasts, videos, etc, please feel free to drop them to me in the comments or via email/facebook/twitter. I'd love to continue to explore this.