Canada in 2020 – Agriculture: Grow-ops

Of course, feeding the world, whose population is expected to reach 8.5 billion within 30 years, will require more than just soybeans. Indeed, it will require a lot of water. Agriculture already consumes 70% of the extracted water used worldwide, and the increased appetite for meat in emerging markets will only exacerbate that usage. About 15,000 litres of water is used to produce a kilogram of beef, compared to 1,500 litres for a kilogram of wheat. The International Water Management Institute, a non-profit researcher headquartered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, estimates that at least 2,000 cubic kilometres of water per year will be needed globally by 2030 for irrigation and rain-fed crops.

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