The Real Water Waste

Readers sound off on water, food, fish, and the power of the belt.



Plenty of Water

Most of the food for humans grown in California uses only 4 percent of the state’s overall ag-sector water use. Compare to the 11 percent used for irrigated pasture, the 18 percent that goes to raise hay, or the 34 percent that goes to nut exports.  We have plenty of water for food and fish. We don’t have enough to grow everything speculators would like to sell.

Robert Greacen


Food First

People can live without lawns and swimming pools, but just try living without food! I humbly submit that, when water is in short supply, food production should always take priority over purely aesthetic or recreational uses.

James Castro



Wow! It’s people like Tyrone Burns [“It’s All About That Belt,” October] that makes this world a better place and gives hope to humankind. I don’t know him, but I love him for everything he is and does! Thank you, Tyrone!!!

Melody Perez


Primary Medicine

Many thanks to Dr. Razani, the SHINE Program, and all the volunteers behind this very important effort to improve the quality of children’s health in the most natural way (pun intended!) [“The Doctor’s Prescription Is Nature,” September]. Not only does Dr. Razani’s prescription for nature reduce stress in children, but the outdoors is their largest, natural, and most beautiful playground for imaginative play and exercise.  I am a big proponent of nature, as someone who spends more time outdoors than in, it’s my primary medicine!

Susana Yerian


Corrections and Clarifications

Dr. Caroline Hastings appeared in the cover photograph with patient Jessica “Jesse” Sharps, whom we identified incorrectly, and her mother, TJ Racoosin [“A Most Remarkable Doctor,” October].

The director of Kaiser’s Garfield Innovation in Oakland is Jennifer Liebermann; her name was misspelled [“Avatars, Driverless Cars, and Virtual Reality,” October.]

Also, we misspelled the name of contributor Catherine Brozena in the masthead [November].

And we failed to identify chef Massi Boldrini of Riva Cucina in a caption [“High Art,” November].


Published online on Dec. 21, 2016 at 7:00 a.m.

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