Hi, my name is Kip Andersen and I'm a filmmaker from San Francisco, California.
California is experiencing one of its worst droughts on record and I do what I can to conserve water and educate my friends and neighbors about it. And while this drought does indeed have many components, I have seen one too many articles (and petitions on Change.org) putting the blame on almonds, bottled water and household use.
When I learned that the fracking industry - despite the drought - used 70 million gallons of water last year alone, I was stunned. When I learned that the Nestlé bottled water corporation is taking hundreds of millions of gallons of California's water to sell it back to the population, I got angry. But, when I learned that animal agriculture in California is using a staggering amount of 4.8 trillion gallons per year, I was shocked! So shocked indeed, that I made a film about it.
I couldn't believe that the meat and dairy industry accounts for 47 percent of California's water footprint, yet no one is trying to regulate this thirsty industry! But here is the most painful truth: California exports 100 billion gallons of water in the form of alfalfa every year to Asia for meat and dairy production!