and make a mess of the salon. They write about the world water scarcity and think that the solution is free trade. I wonder how they dont see the contradiction implicit in their orwn article:
Local conditions and needs vary so much that talk of a global water shortage is misleading. In total there is more than enough water for all, but it is often in the wrong place and is difficult and expensive to transport. And discrepancies are likely only to get worse as the effects of climate change becomes more pronounced. That Canada and Brazil have more water than they need is of little consolation to parched Yemen and northern China. Even within individual countries distribution is unequal. Cherrapunji is one of the wettest places on earth; elsewhere in India, Gopalpura receives only a few inches of rain a year. Surprisingly though, it is Cherrapunji which suffers the water shortages.So, my dear stifflipped Economist writer, if Gopalpura has excess water and Cherrapunki has shortages, sure free trade could solve the problem? Ah, you said that transport is expensive. How expensive? About 1,000 dollars per meter of 10 inch pipe, that ism 1,000 kilometer pipeline requires 1 billion dollar investment. And pumping 1,000 kilometers is 10 dollars a cubic meter, depending on the topography. Now, lets trade!
If there is one subject where Israel is "green" and "efficient", it is its water management. But The Economist cannot pass without finding a way of condemning Israel. It must be commended for NOT writing about the swimming pools in the Settlements, while nearby Palestinian huts have no running water. They found something more condemnable: Israel growing potatoes, while the Palestinians grow olives.
Mark Zeitoun, a researcher at the London School of Economics, suggests that agriculture is responsible for the greatest waste of water, largely because of government subsidies. Farmers often plant water-intensive crops which slurp up supplies precisely where they are most limited. Growing potatoes, a thirsty crop, in Israel looks to be particularly wasteful, especially given desperate shortages of water in nearby Palestinian territories.This example, Mr Zeitun, is imbecile, on two counts. One is that Israeli agriculture is based on recycled wastewater, and absolutely all the potato (a crop which accepts secondary wastewater) is irrigated with wastewater. Moreover, Israel produces potato seed for export, which is a high price speciality crop, and not commodity potato. Potato seed can be irrigated with lower quality wastewater, and that is the reason we grow it. Potato seed is one of the most profitable crops that can be grown with low quality sewage. Anyone who writes it is wasteful is an ignorant as well as a malignant ogre.
Regarding the accusation that Israel wastes water while its neighbors are suffering, it is worse than a lie. Israel maintains its water system at high level and its level of losses is about 5%, while London's losses are 50%. Amman's losses are about 70% meaning that each cubic meter supplied to the Jordanian capital, 70% escapes and is not consumed. Broken pipes are not repaired for weeks. In Israel there is no more open air irrigation by channels, by inundation or furrows, which are very wasteful in water because most of the water goes to produce mud and is not absorbed by the plant's roots. in this ocuntry, all the irrigation is by pressure systems, through sprinklers, microsprinkers, and drop irrigation, and specially underground drop irrigation, which uses less than 10% of the quantity of water required by more primitive agricultural techniques. Who is wasting water?
But the comparison is distasteful in its very essense: Why should Israel, which has about 1% of the water of Egypt, be singled out by The Economist for not sharing its water with its unfortunate "developing" neighbors, while the water-billionaires of the neighborhood like Egypt, Syria, Iraq or Turkey - are not even mentioned? The answer is obvious to me: The Economist writer was too lazy to check the facts and to walk to the nearest toilet, so he pissed in the office plant pot. But having been upset by Israel, he missed the pot and made a mess with his pants and wetted the floor. That is what I call wasting one's water.