Please Read Before Continuing: The In-N-Out Drought
The sweet aroma draws you in from around the corner. Upon entering, sweet memories rush back to you as you take in everything around you. You don’t need to consult the menu, because you’ve been keeping the secret safe for years. Your first bite is just as it was when you were a kid; perfectly cooked, perfectly simple, perfectly delicious.
Now how many times have you left the faucet on for a few seconds too long? How many 15 minute showers do you take a week? How many double doubles have you enjoyed in the last year? The restaurants we know and love for our lunch breaks and tight budgets may not survive much longer. For a California girl, In-N-Out is more than just a hamburger joint, it’s an institution, it’s my childhood, it’s years and years of animal style memories. However, these memories may soon be forgotten, due to water shortages which are threatening the future of those mouth-watering sandwiches. For the past three years California has endured its most significant drought, and since the rest of the country gets most of its produce from the Golden State, everyone feels the heat. The food industry is beginning to dry out, and unless we all make drastic changes in our water consumption, we can say goodbye to our four-by-fours and flying Dutchman’s. As the price for water skyrockets, the burgers that we lived on when times got tough may lose their affordable charm. It may only be a fifteen cents increase today, but it may result in a significant change in the coming months. It’s time we start making the cognitive connection between the environment and our food supply, and eliminate water waste. Next time you turn the handle, visualize that meaty, juicy burger that you know and love, and be careful not to have a hand in its extinction.