Despite New Regulations, Guzzling Cannabis Plants Threaten California’s Water System

by Kierstin Blatzheim
Opinon Wars: Keystone Pipeline XL

Opinon Wars: Keystone Pipeline XL

Every once in a while, Anush and his alter ego, The Contrarian, get into a scuffle about the latest in environmental politics. Annoyingly, The Contrarian sometimes has a point worth writing down. Today, Anush’s alter ego has decided to publicly sit down with him and talk about the Keystone XL Pipeline, and President Biden’s latest executive order revoking the permit to finish its construction. Anush: Alright, here goes nothing: I’m glad Biden cancelled Keystone. He’s keeping his campaign promise and he’s doing right by the Native Indians and the environment and –– Contrarian: Hold on, hold...

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Can lab-grown diamonds clean up the industry’s bloody past?

Can lab-grown diamonds clean up the industry’s bloody past?

You wouldn’t think that crystallized carbon would, in its own terms, shape the history of the world. You wouldn’t think carbon, one of the most common elements on Earth, would, when arranged in a particular atomic structure, inspire breathtaking bloodlust in man. Would you believe a gem so utterly ornamental has the power to fuel the machinery of war? Perhaps you would, if you knew we were talking about diamonds.  It’s often vicious legacy of slavery, colonialism and exploitation has haunted the world of diamond mining and production ever since deposits were discovered in Africa in the late...

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Opinion Wars: Plant-Based Meat vs. Real Meat

Opinion Wars: Plant-Based Meat vs. Real Meat

Every once in a while, Anush and his alter ego, The Contrarian, get into a scuffle about the latest in environmental politics. Annoyingly, The Contrarian sometimes has a point worth writing down. Today, Anush’s alter ego has decided to publicly sit down with him and talk about the rising popularity of plant-based meat, and whether it really is better for you and the environment. Contrarian: Hey. Anush: Hey … ? C: Whatcha eating there? A: Don’t be annoying. You know what I’m eating. You’re in my head.  C: Being annoying is my thing, okay, and just humor me, would you?  A: I’m eating a burger....

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Opinion Wars: ‘Mr. Monsanto’ Vilsack’s nomination to head Agriculture

Opinion Wars: ‘Mr. Monsanto’ Vilsack’s nomination to head Agriculture

Every once in a while, Anush and his alter ego, The Contrarian, get into a scuffle about the latest in environmental politics. Annoyingly, The Contrarian sometimes has a point worth writing down. Today, Anush’s alter ego has decided to publicly sit down with him and talk about Thomas Vilsack’s controversial nomination to head the Department of Agriculture under President Joe Biden’s administration.  Anush: We love Biden up in here. Right? I think we can, the both of us, broadly agree that he’s doing good things for the country. I mean I love the infrastructure package, his handling of the...

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Dilan Patel
Dilan Patel
1 month ago

Although this may be true, is it the crops fault or the way it is grown. Different regions of the world are better for certain crops. Marijuana is grown heavily in Northern California, however, if the farmers who grew it used sustainable practices would there be a need for all this water usage? I think not. The problem is most of these farmers are using a conventional style of growing which is based on many chemical inputs which kill all life in the soil. As a result, the field capacity of the soil is drastically lower which in turn causes a need for more water to nourish the plant. If the farmers switched to using cover crops with multiple species they would find that they need much less water because the soil would be able to hold more of it.

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