It’s like something you would expect from a movie that takes place in our dystopian future. A Mad Max- like system where water comes from the pipes only two days a week. But that’s what some 6 million people in San Paolo Brazil may expect in the new future as their local reservoir is down to only 5 percent of capacity.
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For decades, oil has been our life blood, the resource that we fight over. In the future, it may be water. (Actually, water is fought over now in much of the West, but in courts rather than battlefields.)
Keep water in mind when you prep. Store it, have a place to harvest it from the wild, and have a way to purify it. But if you live in an arid area or a region experiencing drought, have plans for what to do in a worst-case scenario.
How would you manage if you had access to running water only two days a week? What changes would you be forced to make in your life?
Drought also contributes to food shortages, as farmers can’t grow crops without water, either rainfall or for irrigation. We’ve seen this domestically as vegetables harvests in California are down due to drought and herd size in Texas and much of the West is leading to rising beef prices.
Research recently published in the journal Ecology and Society shows that we have reached peak production on 16 out of 21 food studied, including wheat, rice, soybean and chicken. That means that as populations grow, the availability of these critical foods decreases. Soylent Green, anyone?
Read this article in the Independent for more details on peak food production.