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Why All Farms Don’t Use Drip Irrigation

In water in your food, water use

For various reasons, many farmers cannot rely entirely on rainfall and must turn to irrigation to water their crops. While drip irrigation might seem like the logical choice because of its efficiency, the reasons why farmers use one system over another are varied and sometimes complex. The type of system can impact crop yields as well as the water footprint …

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Water Friendly Food Choices

In water in your food, water use

The largest portion of the average person’s water footprint comes from their diet. In order to lower water footprints, there’s no better place for a person to start than taking a closer look at their food choices. In the US, agriculture is responsible for between 80 and 90 percent of the nation’s consumptive water use. Clearly, food and water are …

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Food’s Big Water Footprint

In water in your food, water use

You might be surprised by how much water it takes to grow and make our food. In the US, agriculture is responsible for 80 percent of all water consumed (water that is evaporated or otherwise removed from the watershed). California’s recent multi-year extreme drought was hard on the state’s agricultural industry. It served to raise awareness about just how much …