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Flow: For the Love of Water

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences highlights the issues of water access, water safety, and water conservation issues in conjunction with World Food Day.  

October 24, 2012. As part of the One World Initiative and the World Food Day, the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences hosted a showing of the movie "Flow: For the Love of Water" followed by a faculty panel discussion.

The faculty panel included Dr. Lynn Hannah (Nutrition and Food program), Dr. Mical Shilts (Nutrition and Food program), Dr. Minjeong Kang (Apparel Design and Marketing program), Dr. Ann Moylan (Family Studies program), and Dr. Dudley Burton (Environmental Studies Department).

"We thought the film would allow the audiences to think about healthy, affordable, sustainable, and fair water supply, which aligns with the mission of Food Day" reported Dr. Seunghee Wie, Chair of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.

During the panel discussion both Dr. Hannah and Dr. Mical discussed the connections between low income communities and their ability to grow or buy food to sustain their families. They discussed the impact of not having access to water to sustain life in regions like Africa, Mexico, India, China, and other parts of the world.

Dr. Moylan touched on the importance of understanding culture as a bridge to understanding the relationships of people in other regions with water and the land. For example, in India, as in other parts of the world, water is believed to be something that isn’t a tangible object that can be bought: One can’t own water as one cannot own air. It is free to all not to be diverted or owned by anyone.

Dr. Kang discussed the problems associated with the textile industry in association with water such as dyeing and cleaning fabric. Many brands have found solutions to lessen their dependency on using high amounts of water in the process of making clothes. For example, Levi Jeans has included a line named “Waterless Jean”, a jean that was made by “substantially reducing water’s role in the equation”.

Dr. Burton discussed issues such as well building, irrigation systems, and other pathways to connect lifeless areas to water, community education, involvement and mobilization to combat threats to our water supply.

The Department of family and Consumer Sciences Nutrition and Food Program is considering holding another One World Initiative event in Spring 2013 to discuss water as an essential nutrient.