The Urgent Need for Sustainable Food Production

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Agriculture accounts for 70 percent of global water consumption. That's more than twice the amount—about 19–23 percent—used by industry. Agriculture's massive water consumption is driven partly by poor farming practices, such as leaky irrigation, inefficient field application, and the cultivation of thirsty crops in dry climates. Adopting more sustainable agricultural practices will be crucial to preventing major food-producing countries such as the U.S. and China from reaching their renewable water resource limits.

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