TheChicagoCouncil: ‘Business as Usual’ Management of Water and Agriculture Will Cripple Paths to Sustainable Development

Guest commentary from Frank Rijsberman, Jeremy Bird, and Andrew Noble on Global Food For Thought.

By Frank Rijsberman, Jeremy Bird, and Andrew Noble

Water is a constant in our lives – so ubiquitous we barely notice it. But extreme water variability has become the new normal. São Paulo, Brazil is one of several regions experiencing unprecedented drought. Malawi is still reeling from last month’s flooding. Extreme water variability is the new normal. As agricultural scientists, we must take note: the biggest consumer of the world’s water is agriculture, so how we farm in the future matters.  Our job is to come up with innovations that will help sustainably provide healthy and nutritious food to a global community.

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