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For the sake of all Californians whose lands are being pumped dry by Nestlé and other water companies who imagine that somehow, removing irreplaceable water from the ground will help against the current drought.

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Governor Jerry Brown has declared a drought emergency for the state of California. 2013 was the driest year in the state’s history – since records started being kept about 100 years ago. State water reservoirs are critically low and farmers, lawmakers, and environmentalists’ growing concerns have gone from a slow drip to a raging storm. Activists and farmers recently joined forces and came in droves from the Central Valley to rally on the capitol steps in Sacramento, demanding action as water levels drop and anxiety levels rise.

California residents have been asked to be vigilant and cut back on household water use, but only about 4 percent of California’s water footprint is individual, personal use. A stunning 80 percent goes to agriculture, according to a recent report from the NRDC and Pacific Institute, so if we really want to talk about drastic conservation, perhaps we should look at our food choices.

:pointr: Who’s Really Using all the Water?

Of the foods produced in the Golden State, the thirstiest by far are those that are derived from animals. Household impact is a trickle compared to the flood of water needed to produce meat, dairy, and eggs, especially when compared to plant foods. For example, a study at Cornell University found that producing one pound of animal protein requires about 100 times more water than producing one pound of grain protein. Another study adds to the overflow of evidence finding that the amount of water needed to produce one pound of beef is almost 1,600 gallons, compared to just 102 gallons for a pound of wheat.

Humans drink less than one gallon of water per day, but a cow can drink up to 23 gallons of water a day, according to a North Dakota State University study. That’s a huge amount of water to keep millions of animals alive.

:pointr: Hidden Water Wasted in Livestock Production

Not only does it take vast amounts of water to hydrate the animals, millions of additional gallons of fresh water go to irrigate the feed for livestock, to wash excrement off the concrete floors, to clean the blood and grease from the equipment in the butchering process, and further uses that are not necessary in plant food production. For example, a dairy operation that utilizes an automatic flushing system can use up to 150 gallons of water per cow, per day, the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Services reports.

The crops we have chosen to quickly fatten up our farm animals are wasting water as well. Corn and soybeans, which represent the vast majority of livestock’s diet, are comparably cheap as a result of government subsidies. However, these crops are also exogenous; they have a deeper thirst for water than endogenous crops, which are dormant in the warm summer months when there is a high demand for water. Exogenous crops like corn and soy require more water and are therefore yet another drain on an already wasteful system of processing animal products, as a study published in Water Policy reveals.

Most people shower every day an average of about seven minutes of hot water with the showerhead flowing out about two gallons of water a minute. The Water Education Foundation calculates that every pound of California beef requires about 2,464 gallons of water to produce. You would save more water just by replacing a pound of beef with plant foods than you would by not showering for six months!

People are looking to grass-fed beef as a possible eco-alternative to commercial operations, but the grass is no greener for grass-fed animals. In fact, pasture raised animals require more water than their factory farmed cousins, because they have a higher activity level and spend more time in the sun, especially during the summer months. Grass-fed beef can also produce 50 to 60 percent more greenhouse gas emissions than their grain-eating counterparts, sometimes producing as much as four times more methane emissions than feedlot cattle, reports Science News.

:pointr: Ending Water Waste Starts With You

California families are concerned and ready to take action. Responsible citizens will be taking shorter showers, shutting off the water while brushing their teeth, and only washing clothes with a full load. But what most people don’t know is the much greater impact of their diet.

Each of us has an opportunity to take action that could cut our water waste far more than any household use by reducing or eliminating animal products from our diet. It takes less water to produce one year’s worth of food for a completely plant-based diet than it does to produce one month’s worth of food for a diet with animal products.

As Californians, we know it’s healthy to eat more veggies, whole grains, beans, and fruits. We also know that animals are suffering — living miserable, short lives in filthy, confined conditions, being cruelly treated, and brutally slaughtered. Now, we have a statewide crisis and could run out of one of life’s absolute necessities: fresh, clean water.

It may be more abstract than just turning off the tap, but the foods we choose impact our water supply. Eating more veggies, fruits and grains, and reducing or eliminating our consumption of meat, milk, and eggs will help your family decrease their environmental footprint, get healthy, help animals, and preserve enough fresh water for generations of Californians to come.

If you want to help, the best way is spread this article around you, especially if you know families hit by the drought!
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EEA Contributors List

:pointr: This group has two categories : members and contributors. The contributors below are artists selected to represent the best of the equine art community on deviantART. Happy browsing !

:bulletblue: Featuring 149 EEA contributors !
From most ancien to most recent

:iconfire-n-ash: :iconlosmios: :iconfreha: :icondv-skitz: :icongwydion22: :iconsovaeart: :icondrafterx: :iconhowlinghorse: :iconshewolfgeo: :iconmightysquirrel: :iconsias43: :iconelvandia: :iconshewolff: :iconrewston: :iconponytail: :iconalexandrabirchmore: :iconhelekri: :iconcanis-lupess: :iconvalkangie: :icondemondes: :iconmearaz: :iconamandadrage: :iconaquilachrysaetos: :iconwstopdeck: :iconenchantedbroo: :iconcarolinebradley: :iconidlewild202: :iconaryenne: :iconlindacolijn: :iconemele-the-strange: :iconlievvvon: :iconoceansoul84: :iconaisling88: :iconqueenofgoldfishes: :iconellastasia: :iconscotston: :icondarkmoon17: :iconzoubstance: :iconapplescarrotsngrain: :iconmaniaadun: :iconraelyyn: :iconhikari-kirin: :iconelsouille: :iconhocusplotus: :iconskarbog: :iconlynne-abley-burton: :iconwrenstormbringer: :iconzsofiagyuker: :iconlumileek: :iconcaldeirasp: :icon7kadja7: :iconwhispersss: :iconlalabellexx: :icondrunkenunicorn: :iconsunny22345: :iconsunwolf29: :icondarwem0: :iconsilima13: :icontwilight-veil: :iconxxred-butterflyxx: :iconescykane: :iconignisfatuusstudios: :iconkatrinazoe: :iconqirai: :iconolviavika: :icongeorgiahorsepainter: :iconramelia-images: :iconkotorigaro: :iconequine-instinct: :iconshilohs: :iconseenae: :icondaenzar: :iconcelvaya: :iconnightmare-v: :iconkermit-91: :iconesveeka: :icontattkttn: :iconmisted-dream: :iconcerona: :iconblaze-karma: :iconbreeyar: :iconrozenng: :iconjessicafriday: :iconnutlu: :iconpallanoph: :iconink-dreamsmmix: :iconre-rian: :iconrobanybodyfeegle: :iconstephanie-greaves: :iconpyrrhite: :iconbreakablehorserider: :iconolga5: :iconartbyjames: :iconadanethiel: :iconbacilla: :iconjuliebales: :iconalpenminuial: :iconcrickatoo: :iconxbinarystarx: :icongarolina: :iconmustangeo: :icontanja-a: :iconyocif: :iconmerrilee: :iconjustskowronek: :iconmelwe: :iconjakkdaw: :iconjanaw: :icondashket: :iconomega-harmony: :iconaga3006: :iconjanaw: :iconsrequineimages: :iconarcade-m: :icon88laura88: :iconjumpermegs: :iconaeshoun: :iconzoecormerais: :icontahnja: :iconrainyrose23: :iconolllga81: :iconanimaliscreations: :iconloginova: :iconainsleym: :iconsilver-spurs: :icontigapple: :iconxxniien: :iconx-crash: :icontotillas: :icondaphnedesign: :iconthunderbulletz: :iconluccain: :iconlittle-hercy: :iconwildspirits: :iconsschukina: :iconewportfolio: :iconmmaskerad: :iconmoon-illusion: :iconblackseagull: :iconvyxe: :icondrehli: :icondefine-x: :iconlenika86: :iconatinap: :iconartyarabs: :iconlulluh: :iconequusrevelrous: :iconseed-of-beauty: :iconblacknightingale81:

Group Info

:bulletgreen: Welcome to the dA group dedicated to fine equine art !

Our goal is to provide visitors with a list of artists they should not miss when looking for horse art. Look at the rules on upper right of the page to know exactly how it works. When you submit art it goes through standards review and gets accepted or not depending on it. Above is a list of contributors (elite artists) of the group. Enjoy the ride !
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Rimwor Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Why my pics were declined? (Horse . Exercise . by Rimwor  and BnW Horse by Rimwor ) What is wrong with them?
GalopaWXY Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Please ask these questions in the deviation submission process :)
Rimwor Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks :) 
karatepower1 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
Are there any requirements to join?
blackseagull Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
No. But every piece submitted to the gallery goes through an evaluation and may be declined by the moderators.
karatepower1 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
OK, thanks. Totally joining.
InspiredByPoseidon Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Professional Photographer
I am a self employed photographer, my business is called JustBE Photography.
I am currently looking for an equine artist and or manipulationist, to join on a commission/freelance basis.
You will get paid! *Real Money** Through paypal, and for this reason you really have to be over 16 (over 18 preferably) to apply for the position.
I am based in the north west of england, but it doesnt really matter if you live down south/another country.

The job itself;
I take images at local horse shows and horse and rider photoshoots, and i am looking for someone to draw sketches/make manipulations out of my images, the fact is i cannot draw! So my manipulations nor my sketches are any good!
Depending on the sketch/manip, the money will be split 60% (me) 40% (you). This may change over time depending on how many offers etc we get.
How to apply;
Note me/message me/comment below.
If interested or no of anyone that will be.

There wont be an interview as such, but i will be asking people to make examples for me, to see if you are what my business needs and vice versa.

Looking forward to hearing from you :) (Smile)
Beth :) (Smile)
Anchorale Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
It's sad ther is no photography folder, I'd love to join instead of just watching this amazing group :) 
GalopaWXY Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well you're at Equine-Photography ! It's kind of the same idea with quality standards and everything.
I don't feel capable of taking up the challenge of reviewing photography along with everything else xD I already struggle with digital art...
Thanks for being with us anyway though
Tatzuyoshi Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello, I was wondering if this… would be acceptable to submit for the group? Just making sure. :) 
GalopaWXY Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your anatomy is a bit off on this, especially the nose ^^
Please submit it directly instead of asking on the group's page as comments often go unoticed
Tatzuyoshi Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, once I finished it I thought the muzzle was a bit small. :blush: I will try and improve though! And thanks! 
blackseagull Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Your particular image does not yet reach the EEA standards but you are always welcome to submit your art for consideration :)
Tatzuyoshi Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok thank you for letting me know. :) I will try and improve in my next painting! :eager: by darkmoon3636 
Brennie-art Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for accepting me :D
Siljaaz Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for accepting me! :happybounce: 
SamCookEquineArt Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for accepting me :)
lavanda53 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Agaave Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for adding my work! :bow:
Hokkohono Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello folks !
I submitted a deviation quite a few days ago and I am getting worried this request will expired...
Is there a gigantic queue waiting for approval just before my pic ?
GalopaWXY Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
We're on maximum expiry dates offered by deviantART, one month. It's only been a few days since you submitted it and it's very normal that it hasn't been looked at yet. No worries x)
Please ask this kind of question in the deviation submission process and not the EEA profile !
I don't manage digital paintings so you'll have to wait for the specialist to come online :)
Hokkohono Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh ok sorry, I am too impatient.
I already made a short comment on my submission process and I didn't want to double comment.
My deviations being approved or not by the group is an important criteria of achievment to me.
That's why I am so impatient for the answer ^^

Miep23 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
I have to say Iīm a little disapointed, I read some comments and one already mentioned what I was thinking all the time:
you sometimes just accept something because itīs from a spezific person you like.

I noticed that some drawings in the gallery have a really(!) bad anatomy ( I can name you them if you want and also tell you why the anatomy is bad) but I donīt want to expose the artist.
But when itīs bad anatomy, why did you accepted it? You can clearly see the bad anatomy...
but maybe because the person has some other drawings in the gallery (the others are wonderful, but that one...)
I have some other examples too.

and I saw a lot of beautiful work that got declined (also heard that from friends) with very good anatomy (not traced).

But I donīt want to accuse anybody, I just want to hear your opinion, so please donīt "hate" me or flag this as spam or something,
thanks for your time.
GalopaWXY Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

You couldn't be more mistaken about "people we like". Incoming submissions are presented to us in a list much like the watchlist of deviantART, making it alot easier for us to review from the image than to bother looking at who submitted it.
There are two of us accepting submissions and as human beings, we obviously have different views on art. If we took any more moderators (providing anyone would actually want to be) the views and standards would keep multiplying, yet the same people who complain that the standards are too different complain about the time it takes to be reviewed.

There have ALWAYS been unhappy turned down members ever since this group got created 8 years ago and because it's a standards-based group, there will always be. They come in through comments, notes, deviation process comments. It's very hard on the admins' nerves to keep reading such hate all the time : that's why there's less and less activity. Ultimately it will probably end up dying because of this.

I do not have the courage / motivation to keep letting these kind of comments into my life which is complicated enough as it is, like anyone's. It's much easier to ignore/hide them (especially when made on the front page u_u) and keep the group running for people who actually enjoy being part of it.
Anyone who doesn't, you know where the "leave the group" button is.

This answer is as much for you (thank you for not flaming and being constructive and polite) as for any MORE unhappy members of the EEA.
blackseagull Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
As you should know had you read the rules and info, anatomy is one possible measure out of many we use to judge art. There can be many other merits to a piece that outweigh some other.

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