Farming practices must change to increase production and protect the environment

Water limits are close to being ‘reached or breached’ in many breadbaskets across the world, threatening to decimate global supplies of fresh water and cripple agricultural systems, new research has claimed. Therefore, to boost food production and protect the environment, the way farming and natural systems interact must change radically and quickly. Given that agriculture already accounts for 70-90 per cent of water withdrawals in some areas, a report from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the UNs Environment Programme (UNEP) has called for a radical change in farming practices.

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