Preventing the Next Dust Bowl

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Published on December 13th, 2008  |  Discuss This Article  

Water: Humans need it, and so does every other mammal. We absolutely can not live without it.

Serendipitously, it happens to actually fall from the sky. But unfortunately water doesn’t always fall when we need it to or where it would be convenient.

And as we’re seeing across a lot of the United States right now, a drought (defined as not enough water for human needs) can make precarious times even more precarious.

At least 36 states can expect water shortages over the next five years, reports CNN, with the main drivers being rapid population growth and unsustainable agricultural practices.

The Great Depression wasn’t just about a market failing and bubbles bursting — it was about a lack of water. Essentially, an environmental disaster — a severe drought and mismanagement of agricultural lands — combined with a downturn in the economy created the perfect (dust)storm.

But we now have an incredible opportunity to prevent something similar to the Dust Bowl from happening again — by fundamentally shifting the way we manage our waters and our farms. Times like these open doors to reconsider how we operate. What could be a catastrophe can be turned around.

So how about a land and water bailout?

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  •  Comment from Anonymous

    The great depression was a very dreadful moment in history…

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