KTEP - El Paso, Texas

ACT RADIO: California Drought

Cows in a California feedlot
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  Greg, Liz, and Tom welcome a trio of experts to explore how animal and agricultural practices in California are contributing to the drought there.  

Mike Hudak, formerly with the Sierra Club, explains how cattle-emitted methane is increasing the amounts of methane in our atmosphere.  Hudak also believes that the use of water to grow feed crops for cattle is unconstitutional.

Ara Marderosian, executive director of Sequoia ForestKeeper, talks about the wastefulness of the water used to irrigate almond crops, especially since tons of almond hulls are used as livestock feed.  

Todd Schuman, director of Wasteful Unreasonable Use, tells us how California's export of alfafa and hay is affecting climate change and contributing to drought.  

To take action, contact the State of California State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights, at http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/

To read a press release regarding Todd's claims that the use of water to grow feed crops for cattle is unconstitutional, click here:  http://sequoiaforestkeeper.org/pdfs/press_releases/SWRCB%20WURU%20Press%20release_6-19-2015.pdf

Aired July 26, 2015