Keep showering, California.
Just lay off the burgers & nuts.

How changing what we eat is key to managing California’s megadrought.

California’s real water hog?

Parkinson’s law of triviality, more commonly known as the bike-shed effect, posits that organizations give disproportionate weight to trivial issues, rather than the more difficult and complex underlying problems. The example that framed the theory: a committee that needed to approve plans to build a nuclear power plant spent the majority of its time on simple issues like what materials to use for the bike-shed instead of tackling the complicated design of the plant itself.

The same is true of our current approach to California’s water crisis.

But first, just how bad is the drought?

This is an acre foot. It’s not to scale.

One almond = one gallon of water

Source: National Drought Mitigation Center

One lb of beef = 2500 gallons of water

Ten hamburgers = One year of showers

Numbers vacillate depending upon growing methods, and each has a different protein efficiency and bio-availability. These are the most commonly accepted numbers I found on my intertube travails.

80% of the world already eats insects.

There’s a lot at stake.

Wherein it is suggested that almond farmers start growing crickets

Cricket farming provides a major economic opportunity for almond farmers, or really any farmer, looking for more income. Current market rates for human-grade cricket powder are over $20/lb. A population of crickets goes from egg to full grown in just six weeks, similar to chickens. They grow best in small, warm spaces, which means shipping containers and low cost modular farms can be popped up practically anywhere. Best of all, they require very little water, land and feed.

Still curious?

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