Your Questions About Saving Water Statistics

Jenny asks…

Why does the US not use drip irrigation?

I have not looked up statistics, but won’t it save money, water, and help the environment? We waste too much water in farming not to use drip irrigation.

admin answers:

I use drip irrigation on my far as do thousands of farmers. You will find organic farms more likely to use it than conventional farms, I think because organic farmers tend to be more conservation oriented and innovative than their conventional counterparts

It is not well suited to do huge mono cropped acreage and things like wheat and corn are dry land farmed for the most part so rarely if ever are irrigated.

Vegetable crops do need to be irrigated and there is a trend to get away from the over head boom sprayers as irrigating by drip not only saves water (around 90% over other types of irrigation) but also prevents a lot of diseases caused by overhead irrigation.

Putting in a system is not all that expensive and if the farm is already using plastic mulch than they have all the equipment they need to lay down drip tapes. If they are not the equipment is relatively cheap. For 5 acres you can get everything you need for drip irrigation, sans the mulch layer, for under $1000 and mulch layers are usually under $5000.

I am not sure how environmental drip irrigation is because there is a lot of plastic waste. The drip tapes can be used, at best, 2 seasons, the headers and mainlines can be used 10+ years. But the main part of a drip system are the tapes and a 100 acre farm will use at least 20 miles of them to irrigate all their fields and beds. That;’s a lot of plastic to landfill. Granted, this is recyclable plastic but so far there are just two places in the USA that recycle it. If this changes than drip is quite green

Daniel asks…

Why does the US not use drip irrigation?

I have not looked up statistics, but won’t it save money, water, and help the environment? We waste too much water in farming not to use drip irrigation.

admin answers:

It’s mostly a matter of practicality. A drip irrigation system would not be feasible on large farms with crop rotation. Your could not have posts and irrigation lines set up where you need to plow. On my farm I grow muscadine grapes. I have a drip irrigation set up for that since the trellis is in a fixed location. Most farming I’ve seen depends on mother nature. If it don’t rain when water is needed, it’s just another bad year. I’ve had way too many of those. That is why I give up farming. When the West started to grow cotton and pump water out of the Rivers, we had to give up in the South because the market got flooded with the produce. Certain farming operations like berry growing is adaptable for drip systems and they are actually in use in the south. Where I come from it’s all up to mother nature. It’s making the deserts green that is using way too much water.

Richard asks…

What can I do to reduce the impact on environment?

Consume less energy? But most of energy consumption comes from industry, much less from domestic use. Use less water? But most of the water is used in agriculture, not by people taking a shower. Taking the bus instead of going by car? But pollution is only by a tiny part coming from cars, most comes from deforestation, livestock, agricultural activities, etc. So, changing these attitudes won’t change much after all… What can the private citizen REALLY do without waiting politicians taking decisions?

admin answers:

Hi Free Spirit, first I would like to actually say “GO YOU!” for caring about our planet. So many people don’t give it a single thought and getting people to first of all believe that being eco-conscious is worth it is the biggest step.

I totally agree with you, all those things are good but don’t make you feel good about what you’re doing because it barely makes a difference. I have done studies after studies and have only one solution.
Cut down on meat.

I’m not saying go completely vegetarian because many people say they simply can’t do that (although that would be ideal) but cutting down on meat has such a huge impact you would not believe.

Animal agriculture is the leading source of methane and nitrous oxide emissions which causes the vast majority of global warming. Methane is 23 times as powerful as carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide is 300 times as powerful at trapping heat in our atmosphere.

Producing meat leads to the extinction of plant and animal species and destroys entire oceanic ecosystems.

Many people are using energy efficient light bulbs, saving water and recycling but statistics show that this is not enough to prevent climate change. The only realistic and achievable solution to global warming is to stop eating meat.

The following 2 actions have the same effect on the environment:
Shower every day for a year OR eat ONE 500g rack of ribs (which would you prefer?)

Drive 800km OR eat one small chicken (which would you prefer?)

Burn a 100-watt bulb continuously for 20 days  OR eat just ONE kg of beef (which is more efficient?)

Take more than half a million cars off US roads  OR every American skipping ONE meal of chicken

Did you know? The meat industry produces more greenhouse gases than the entire transport system!

This is what goes INTO meat farming:
16kg of vegetable foods
5,000 gallons of water
Half of the world’s land
3 million acres of rainforest

This is what comes OUT of meat farming:
1kg of meat
No water
No land
No rainforest
40455kg of waste per second

so that is what goes to the people, can you imagine if the first list of resources went to the people?
The quantity of food used to feed the world’s cattle alone could feed 8.7 billion people.
There are only 6.7 billion people on earth.

There is more than enough food in the world to feed the entire human population.

So why are more than 840 million people still going hungry?

And of course there is the nasty reality of meat:
Animals are confined to crowded, filthy warehouses and dosed with powerful drugs to make them grow so quickly that their hearts and limbs often cannot keep up—they frequently become crippled or suffer from heart attacks when they’re only a few weeks old.
Chickens’ beaks are sliced off with a hot blade.Male animals are castrated without any pain relief.
Pigs’ tails are chopped off and their teeth ripped out.At the slaughterhouse they are hung upside-down and their throats are slit, often while they are still conscious.

“If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat. That’s the single most important thing you can do. Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty.”
-Paul McCartney of the Bealtles

I really hope you strongly consider this, I have been vegetarian for many years now and I wake up every morning feeling good about what I’m doing. No one NEEDS meat, it’s a luxury, a harmful and unnecessary luxury.

 

John asks…

What is a painless way to commit suicide?

Ok, this sounds crazy, but I am a serious statistics fan.
The other day I was watching the dawn of the dead and I couldn’t help but ask what the chances are of something like that happening, and since quantum theory basicly states everything that can happen will eventually happen, I thought if I ever ran into a situation like that I would just off myself before I was brutally murdered.
Please no I need help answers, I am not suicidal, and if you are about to tell me im crazy for thinking that could happen, I dare you do take a class on quantum machanics.
no, I don’t believe in god in any kind of way.

admin answers:

Any way could end up becoming painful. Lethal injection- the list of ingredients is stated on wikipedia (huge dose of barbiturates). I suppose it’s considered to be best- terminally ill people often opt for this. Though it’s obviously not going to be pleasant & could still become agony. Cyanide is probably less available. It also depends upon your physical pain threshold, I think most people just have a low one. Considering that most people I know squirm when they just have a needle pierce their skin.

Some say drowning in freezing cold water is so much of a shock to the system it becomes painless after a short time.

If I were to kill myself though, I would buy a highly venomous pet from the internet & let it do the work for me. Making sure it was safely locked in it’s cage, at all times. So it couldn’t get out & harm someone else. Writing a note that I did not want it murdered after, as it was my fault. After all I loved animals in life, it only seems fair that they saved me from this world & its ‘humans’ in the end.

Pills are pointless you could just involuntarily throw them up. Or just fall asleep & wake up vomiting blood. Having damaged internal organs & die a very slow death or not at all.

I don’t believe in religion either. But I do think everything has it’s place & for all we know consciousness is complex & may go somewher else. Not just where we visibly can see. I don’t believe all the cr*p about sins. I do believe lust, greed etc is real & leeds to worse thigs like murder. & people should be accountable for their actions & in this world a lot of people don’t think they should be. I believe if you murder others or take part in the murder of others, as a human, even if you don’t consider it to be murder, it causes bad things in life & so would do so after death too.
Most poeple are happy to live their life for various reasons:
1)To help others selflesly & so enrich others lives
2) to try to stop murder/injustice
3) to become famous/powerful/rich
4) prepared to cause pain & misery to others- to try to achieve their own selfish goals (maybe prepared to murder)
Sadly it seems most people I know, just want to achieve the 3rd or 4th reasons & so just create a cycle of hate/reprisals or pain for others, sometimes themself too.

George asks…

How many lives have life-jackets on planes saved?

I’ve just got off a flight from Birmingham to Edinburgh. Considering this flight is mostly overland (if you forget the Firth of Forth), it seems strange that at least half of the safety briefing is about how to put the lifejacket on.

So while there are lots of statistics about how many plane crashes there are and how safe air travel is, I would like to know how many lives have ever been saved by those yellow life jackets? I’ll bet it’s very few.
I know that that plane might make journeys over water, but I meant for global air travel overall. I also appreciate that falling out of a plane from 13,000ft is not survivable even into water (unless you are the Hoff).

The assumption is that a plane will be able to crash land into a body of water in a controlled fashion that will allow the passengers to enetr the water and use the lifejackets to stay afloat until rescuers arrive. I doubt many people have ever survived a plane crash and thought, “few, if it hadn’t been for that life jacket I would have been screwed!”

admin answers:

Enough to justify it, the Potomac river crash in 1982 springs to mind where the aircraft crashed on takeoff and into the river. If an aircraft can make a controlled landing on to water in some of the cases the aircraft does remain intact.
You will find that most safety equipment is there due to some accident in the past where the result was to put a piece of safety equipment on board. Seats are now made with fire resistant material due to the Manchester aircraft fire in the early 90’s. Where many people died due to toxic fumes Seats now have to meet very stringent load requirements due to a number of accidents where the crash was survivable but the seats failed and everyone was crushed to death at the front of the airplane. No smoking and smoke detectors in the toilets due to the loss of a couple of airplanes because of fire, and of course the reinforced bulletproof cockpit doors due to recent events.
The aviation safety industry is more reactive than proactive, I work in it, and it can be frustrating.

Just after I answered I did a quick search, here is another example where they are useful, not everyone survived, but if you can save one it is worth it http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/08/06/world/main763649.shtml

And here is another

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/11/10/world/main528802.shtml

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