We’re running out of water to grow food.
We’re running out of water to grow food. Climate change, population growth and increasing demands on freshwater systems are straining agricultural water supplies.
The CONSERVE Center of Excellence, based in the University of Maryland School of Public Health and funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, is leading the effort to develop and adopt safe, alternative irrigation strategies that will sustain food production. These include the use of non-traditional water sources like advanced treated wastewater (reclaimed water), brackish water, and return flows.
In a special issue of the journal Environmental Research, team members from the Center, led by Dr. Amy R. Sapkota at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, present 15 research articles that address how we can achieve water and food security and protect public health in a changing climate.
Read more at University of Maryland