Irrigation Mitigation

Approximately 50 million acres of land worldwide is used for the production of biofuels and about 11.6 trillion gallons of water is used throughout the world annually to irrigate energy crops, according to a report entitled “Biofuels and Implications for Agricultural Water Use: Blue Impacts of Green Energy” published by the International Water Management Institute. However, the global impact of irrigating crops for biofuel production is minor, the IWMI said, and the amount of water that is needed to irrigate energy crops varies widely, depending on which crops are being grown and where.

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