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Flow: For Love of Water

Water is life, insists Flow, a hair-raising documentary of the global water crisis that showcases the many practical, affordable solutions now being implemented around the globe. Traveling from a polluting slaughterhouse in Bolivia to sustainable rainwater reservoirs in India, Flow makes a strong argument: The answer to clean water shortages is not a single, billion-dollar solution, but many thousand-dollar solutions.


mrbeckbeck's picture

Water is life!

I just watched For Love of Water (FLOW) last night, and enjoyed the documentary very much. I had researched global water issues/debates a few years ago, and this film presented a complex situation with clarity and a voice of hope.

One of the interesting things that I picked up from this movie was the breakdown of global fresh-water use:
* 70% for agriculture
* 20% for industry
* 10% for human consumption
The portion used for agriculture is often directed toward industrial farms, which often use chemical pesticides, thus polluting the water. A dangerous cycle there! I am hopeful because local and organic agriculture is becoming more important--at least for me here in Portland, OR-- as consumers become more aware of the problems, such as water pollution, associated with industrial farming. For the past four years I have been lucky enough to be a part of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farm. Every week I get a bag of fresh veggies from my farmer who drives them in, by bio-diesel van of course. Good local economy, good food, and good for the I was reminded thanks to FLOW.

I also appreciated the strong argument, mentioned above in the World Pulse intro, that the answer to clean water shortages is not in one big answer, but many little answers. I would love to hear some stories from people on PulseWire about their own "little answers" and the big differences from them! Sometimes the little things are the most important. Or, maybe people have ideas for little answers? Personally, I have been thinking of working out a water recycling system in my house, where I can somehow reuse the water from my kitchen sink-- which only has a little bit of food/soap in it. It's a little step, but it would save many gallons of water I'm sure.

And, if anyone has seen FLOW and has any other comments to share, I would love to hear those too!

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Manager

agrigirl's picture


I haven't seen this movie but will try to get it through netflix. Here in AZ, agriculture is often portrayed as the bad guy in terms of water use and air pollution (tilling crops raises dust). It sounds as though the film has some good data and facts that we can use to talk about the reality and better methods! I'm trying to work out some rainwater harvesting at the moment which is rare here in the desert.

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