Prologue

DROPS OF WATER saved my father’s life. In the sweltering days following my father’s birth, he just lay there. He did not cry. He refused milk. On the fourth day, my grandmother sent her daughter to borrow a small table from the neighbor’s chicken coop. They would need some- thing to put his tiny body on, for the family viewing. My grandmother knew the signs of a dying baby. She’d given birth to eleven children. Only seven survived. My father’s sister came back with the table, but she refused to give up on her newborn brother. There had to be a doctor who would exam- ine a baby for free. She ran through the heat of the Mexican summer to the town center and began knocking on doors. Someone knew a doctor, but he was busy with other patients. When he listened to her, this little girl desperate about her baby brother, the physician agreed to make a house call the next day. That night, a strong wind blew through the open window of the bedroom where my father lay. The gust startled my grandfather awake. He threw himself over my father’s listless body to shield him against what my grandfather always described as an otherworldly chill. A cold hand pressed down on his back. He believed it was the hand of La Muerte, Death.

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“Impeccable writing and practical, relevant, planet-friendly alternatives to reducing water consumption in cooking and agricultural production.”

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"Water is life: A fundamental human right. The movement to protect our water resources is here. We must all participate if we are to save Mother Earth. Eat Less Water is an impassioned call to action. Read, learn, and act, Florencia Ramirez shows us how.” 

DOLORES HUERTA, CO-FOUNDER OF THE UNITED FARM WORKERS, PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM RECIPIENT, PRESIDENT OF THE DOLORES HUERTA FOUNDATION 

“Florencia Ramirez is a longtime water activist and educator with a profound appreciation for food and food production. In a quest to understand how farming can be less water-intensive, she interviewed a series of organic farmers and learned trade secrets, garnered recipes, and made friends along the way. Eat Less Water is the result; it is a book that will be of particular interest to consumers of organic food.”

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