Does this mean the Conservatives have broken ranks with the NDP & Liberals & will
tell the truth about consumption of water in the farming community?
By JOHN DEVINE
One wonders if this new direction the Ontario PCs have decided to travel is an admittance of a coming out of the “Political Party Closet,” in order to give the correct information regarding water consumption in the farming community—and in doing so, build a new trust between Conservatives and the Farmers.
That closet is a place in which all of North American political parties have been making back-room deals, thereby creating a den of depravity.
Take, for example, all political parties refusing to tell the public, especially the farming community at-large, the that the science community’s data are wrong when identifying the largest consumer of water inside the global farming community.
As it now stands, the public believes the largest agricultural consumer of water is beef farmers, consuming 1,799 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef, as well as other members of the world’s farming community’s water consumption (e.g., 1,182 gallons of water to produce one gallon of milk).
The often overlooked part of the farming sector in which North American governments participate in is “Fish Farming,” specifically fish hatcheries.
Government fish hatcheries (farming operations) are not, however, operating under the portfolios of state and or provincial agriculture.
Instead, government fish farms are operating under Resource Management’s portfolios, such as Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife, Fish & Game etc., thus obscuring their farming identity.
Dr. Arjen Hoekstra, from the Netherland’s University of Twente, a member of the science community who participated in National Geographic’s report on water consumption in our planet’s farming community, replied to our request to ascertain the amount of gallons of clean ground water currently being consumed to produce one pound of fish in hatcheries.
As far as can be ascertained, Dr. Hoekstra has yet to obtain this number. Hopefully, we will receive a more accurate number than the approximations I have been using concerning the fish-farming sector.
Using data obtained from former government employees, we can approximate the amount of gallons of water to produce one pound of farmed fish in a hatchery: On average each fish hatchery is consuming around 2,000 gallons per minute.
Multiply this by 60 minutes, and that by 24 hours (taking into account the number of hatcheries operating in North America) and the approximate, rather shocking answer is this: 1 billion gallons of clean ground water, that’s billion with B, are being consumed to produce 500 pounds of fish in all these hatcheries (per-hatchery) on a daily basis.
Here’s another factor to consider. With the science community suggesting that the demand for farmed fish will dramatically increase—due to the shortage of wild stock in our oceans, lakes, rivers and streams, one wonders if the world’s aquifers can sustain this ever-increasing demand. And that’s besides other demands placed on aquifers by huge water-bottling operations and irrigation. Also consider, that, in order to raise one pound of farmed fish, three pounds of wild bait fish are harvested.
In the end, one wonders why our $1 billion per-year CBC has allowed such an important issue to be withheld from the taxpayer. If it’s so important to go forward on climate change initiatives, trust is of the essence and the quality of our water and soil is important, too, not just the status of the atmosphere.