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Can We Feed the World if We Can’t Water Our Crops?

Touch the Soil News #1075 (Feature photo – Earth’s Water – public domain) While the move towards controlled environment agriculture boasts that it uses 90 percent less water than conventional agriculture there is one thing to keep in mind. Highly efficient hydroponic farming is suited best for lettuces and greens. The bulk of the world’s calories come from other things like potatoes, fruits, nuts, grains, rice, soybeans, corn and meat animals that are not easy (or possible) to convert to extremely low water use. Recently, Agritecture published an ominous article on agricultural water consumption that far exceeds recharge. You can read the full article here: http://www.agri-tecture.com/ The question one must…

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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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