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Food Danger – Over-allocation of Water

Touch the Soil News #851 (Feature photo – Nile River flows through Cairo, Egypt – public domain by Radusandei) In the U.S., most of the water from its rivers belongs to the U.S. However, in a global economy, what happens to waters elsewhere has direct impact on the U.S. A shortage of water for crops elsewhere brings food hungry nations to the U.S. borders looking for food produced by U.S. waters. Across the world to Africa, waters from the largest river – the Nile – is shared by 11 nations, the two largest being Sudan and Egypt. Sudan just happens to have one of the largest remaining “treasures of unused…

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Water to Food – Half Believe there is No Problem

Touch the Soil News #683 It is true, approximately 70 percent of the world’s fresh water use goes to producing food. Much of that water comes from wells (underground pumping). If you’ve been following trends, wells across America have to be drilled deeper and deeper and underground resources are being pumped faster than replenishment – popularly called overdrafting. The U.S. Geological Service (USGS) calls it “groundwater depletion”. The USGS reveals that 50 percent of the American population gets its drinking water (and water for food gardens) from groundwater wells. Agriculture uses about 50 billion gallons from groundwater wells each day. The USGS reports that virtually every underground aquifer in the…

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