01 Sep '11, 7pm

"With 67% of worlds fresh water directed into agriculture & w 7 billion mouths to feed, agriculture is under the gun"

With 67% of the worlds fresh water supplies directed into agriculture, and with 7 billion mouths to feed, agriculture is under the gun. So this is a key place to start. Many engineers and entrepreneurs are working on smart ways to improve agricultural irrigation systems to minimize water use, from improved drip irrigation techniques to using cell phones and sensors to keep farmers alerted to areas of their crops that need water or are over watered. There is no denying that politics is the 800 pound gorilla in the room when it comes to agricultural water use, and that changes must happen in regulations and economics -- and there are brilliant people working to revise systems in this area as well . But technology most certainly has its place in helping farmers improve how far they make their water stretch.

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/03/the-world-at-7-bi...

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