california drought


How to Kill Your Lawn and Grow a Food Forest During a Drought

An experimental farming project at the Los Angeles Arboretum demonstrates that fruits and vegetables can still be grown in rain-deprived areas without weekly watering.
Clarissa Wei

How This Distillery Is Turning Thin Air Into Booze

In the midst of California's serious drought, one Bay Area-based spirits company sought a more sustainable solution to creating vodka.
Ali Wunderman

Growing Grains Is Giving a Second Life to My Family Farm

My carrots and potatoes taste better than ever because growing grains revitalizes the soil. Also, I just made another cash crop for myself—just like that.
Alex Weiser

The California Almond Board Has Had Enough with the Almond Shaming

California is four years into a massive drought and their Almond Board wants almond shaming to stop.
Alex Swerdloff

Beverly Hills Can't Be Bothered with California's Water Conservation Laws

The Los Angeles area municipality was just named by California officials as being one of only four cities in the state not adequately ensuring that its residents conserve water during the ongoing statewide drought.
Alex Swerdloff
california drought

The Government Is Being Sued For Letting Nestlé Bottle Drought-Stricken California’s Water

The US Forest Service is being sued for allowing Nestlé to siphon water from San Bernardino National Forest by way of an expired permit from 1988.
Alex Swerdloff

Robots May Save California's Wine Industry From the Drought

UC Davis is now developing cutting-edge winemaking technologies like irrigation sensors and robots that can reduce the amount of water needed to make one gallon of precious wine. That’s about a 90 percent improvement, by the way.
Javier Cabral
california drought

Blame Strawberry-Obsessed Canadians For Worsening California's Drought

Canada chugs about 50,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of California’s water a year through its love for strawberries. So much for skipping showers and devising water-efficient ways of cooking pho, California.
Javier Cabral

These Wild Hops Make Your Beer Taste Like Mango

Sorry, wine snobs. Turns out hops have a terroir too and beer can be just as complex as your bougie $200 bottle of aged Bourgogne.
Paul Hawley

There Could Be More Salmon Rolls in California's Future

Hey, Californians: if you've been feeling guilty, lately, about eating your state's endangered wild salmon, news of their rebound might make you feel a little better about your dining habits.
Munchies Staff

Beavers Will Save California's Endangered Salmon

California’s record-breaking drought has been catastrophic for the state’s wild salmon, whose numbers have fallen to record lows. But fostering fish populations might be as easy as letting beavers do their thing.
Lauren Rothman

The Maple Water Fad Could Be a Boon to North American Forests

It seems counterintuitive that any kind of natural beverage could have a positive effect on its environment, but that’s exactly the case with maple water, the newest $5-per-bottle drink to grace hipsters’ refrigerator shelves.
Lauren Rothman