California's water supply system was largely built a generation ago for a state with half the population, and in recent years California's key water supply resources in the Bay Delta and Colorado river are under stress from rising usage, climate change, and long-term geological damage.
Skipping the stores, and connecting farmers directly with communities means people get fresh food from the source, and farmers get the direct profit.
Farming is a huge sector in growing communities' economies, but making a living from it is incredibly hard: it takes 15 liters of milk a day to get a family over the poverty line, but few smallholders can manage to eek out more than just 5 liters from their herd.
American consumerism has steadily risen over the last several decades. Although we want to turn the focus to reduce, reuse, recycle, sometimes buying new is a must. When that happens, many Americans want to make the most financially wise, ecologically responsible, and socially motivated choice.
72 billion pounds of safe, edible food goes to waste each year in the U.S. In fact, an estimated 25 – 40 percent of food grown, processed and transported in the U.S. will never be consumed. Despite this, state and local health departments across the country have food safety laws that may prohibit or hamper the donation of unused goods to charities.
Improper disposal of sharps puts a wide range of people such as sanitation workers, janitors, housekeepers, and children at risk for injury or the transmittal of diseases such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, tetanus and syphilis, and in rare cases diseases. The lack of federal regulations for needle disposal means that much of the responsibility for proper disposal falls on patients using injection drugs.
Across all major industrial fishing sectors, overfishing due to overcapacity and lack of compliance in fishery governance has led to a decline in biomass of many global fish stocks. Overfishing threatens ocean biodiversity, global food security, and the livelihoods of law-abiding fishermen. These factors, combined, have a negative effect on the well-being of coastal communities.
By monitoring and reporting on the status of trash bins, traffic patterns, and construction, communities could more effectively use their sanitation resources and workers, helping to reduce wasted time, road wear and tear, etc.
Vitamin D deficiency in the US is estimated to cost $129 billion in healthcare every year, but too much UV exposure can also lead to sunburn and an increased risk of skin cancer. Still, the right amount of sunlight is good for the body and soul.
Food waste is one of the biggest environmental crises we face in our time. Millions of acres of land are being destroyed; Millions of acre-feet of water are used for irrigation; Millions of pounds of pesticides are being used a year - all in the name of food production. With 30 to 50 percent of this hard-earned food being thrown out every single year, it is up to us, as citizens, to demand better.