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LA Cloud Seeding: Answer to California’s Drought or Tough on Mother Nature?

Los Angeles just experienced some nice rainfall, yet most residents were unaware that silver iodide seeding was to thank for the extra precipitation, not El Nino.

The last time clouds were ‘seeded’ with silver iodide was in 2002. Developed and initially tested in upstate New York in 1946 and used during the Vietnam war to circumvent foreign operations by the US, cloud seeding has been in question by the greater scientific community since its first use.

And, what everyone wants to know now- does seeding affect the microbiological community down below living in the soil- you know, the life-giving soil our food grows from? Ongoing research at The Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology at California NanoSystems Institute has confirmed silver iodide is a pervasive toxic nanoparticle. 

Kat Sanchez, Garden Eats newest contributor and I are a bit suspect of the practice. Kat shares thoughts…

M O S T of our rainwater in Los Angeles, like the majority of modern civic water management systems diverts straight to the ocean. How much of this 10-15% increase in precipitation even flows into local watersheds? To what degree is this practice disturbing nature’s patterns not only in Los Angeles but globally? Lab studies conducted as early as 1978 bear evidence that even trace amounts of silver iodide can be toxic to fish and aquatic life. So, what gives?

The National Association of Water Companies posesses 10 land-based generators between Sylmar and Pacoima. These generators propel silver iodide along with other elements, namely salt into clouds. The percentage of salt used is unclear, yet a concern for our soil’s life web exists {aka the microorganisms living in the soil}.

If nature’s conditions don’t call for rain, then forego yet another from of nature exploitation. Public works departments should be charged with focusing on revamping our water management systems so that more rainwater is diverted and saved on individual lots. Storm water needs to be filtered before meeting the ocean by way of natural riparian areas. Cities can certainly offer increased water education, especially in pockets where environmental literacy is rarely available.

What do you think about cloud seeding?

Kathleen Sanchez is a Los Angeles county certified master gardener, seed curator, wildcrafter and community herbalist promoting emotional, spiritual and physical health through nature.

Headline art by Chilean artist Xaviera Lopez

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  1. Cyndi says

    This goes way beyond just cloud seeding, Do a Google search for “chemtrails”, also “stop spraying California” and see how extensive this practice of controlling the weather has become, it’s shocking! The next time you look up in the sky and see X’s everywhere, you’ll be more informed about what’s going on.

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