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This young man represents the beginning of a food revolution. What do you put in your mouth?

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Blue Gold: World Water Wars is a movie that came out in 2008. It is based on the book Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the Worlds’s Water by Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke. If you haven’t seen this film, now’s a good time. It highlights an awareness we’d all be silly not to take extremely seriously. Awareness of our water supply, the realities surrounding its management, and what the future may hold. The prospects are chilling but a solution for a sustainable system can be reached. To give you a more recent take on this very problem, read the quote from a recent article by the Australian Associated Press (AAP):

Keynote speaker at Friday’s 19th World Congress of Soil Science in Brisbane, Dr Colin Chartres, says doubling the volume of water is required to double food production.

The article goes on to say that the earth needs to essentially double its food production to sustain the coming population of 9.2 billion in the year 2050. In order to double food production, we need to double our water production! This is, of course, alarming in the sense that it is quite unlikely California is going to double anything having to do with water anytime soon. In fact, California may run out of water! How this situation is handled will likely define the 21st century and beyond. Other countries have their own problems, and globally speaking we’re not doing so healthy when it comes to our water, so how are we supposed to produce this extra food we’re soon to be needing?

Blue Gold: World Water Wars sheds a light on the greed, corruption, politics, follies and success’s surrounding our most precious resource. It casts a harsh light on the corporations that treat water as commercial good and highlights the benefits to public ownership. It takes an intelligent look at how we need to approach water resource management in the coming decades and the hurdles that we’ll meet along the way. Projects such as Blue Alternative where students and volunteers built rainwater catchments to replenish aquifer supplies in the Slovak Republic show us how we can work with our local hydrology to support ourselves in a sustainable manner instead of relying on dams that interrupt the vital flow of rivers. The people of Uruguay lead by example when they amended their constitution to protect the human right to water. Many more stories in the film showcase the struggle for water and the experts seem to share an optimistic viewpoint that there is a solution to this problem well within our reach.

I rented it on iTunes for $2.99, but look for screenings in your area as well.

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Palo Alto, California (CNN) — In the 1990s, a researcher named Kris Pister dreamed up a wild future in which people would sprinkle the Earth with countless tiny sensors, no larger than grains of rice.

These “smart dust” particles, as he called them, would monitor everything, acting like electronic nerve endings for the planet. Fitted with computing power, sensing equipment, wireless radios and long battery life, the smart dust would make observations and relay mountains of real-time data about people, cities and the natural environment…

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I was just recently introduced to Zeitgeist the movie and I’m still processing the incredible amount of information the movie sends forth. Its difficult to fully appreciate the film without watching all of both Zeitgeist and Zeitgeist: Addendum. They are long, and require strict attention in order to understand the position the writer is taking, making it a bit of a chore to watch, but worthwhile. If you want to learn more join the Zeitgeist Movement, which is just basically a forum where ideas can be discussed. The Venus Project is something they introduce the watcher to at the end of the Addendum, and its not a secret they created the film. I’m going to try and process what I’ve learned from the films, look at what the The Venus Project has to offer and then report back to you. I wanted to share the videos now to curate your spark of curiosity, or desire for truth and contribute to the discussion happening amongst the people about the future of our society. (i.e. This shit is deep!)

http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com/

http://www.thevenusproject.com/

http://www.thezeitgeistmovement.com/

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