04 Jul '12, 12pm
#Agriculture uses 1/3 of Europe's freshwater resources. Interesting article on how farmers can optimise #water use:
A third of water use in Europe goes to the agricultural sector. Agriculture affects both the quantity and the quality of water available for other uses. In some parts of Europe, pollution from pesticides and fertilisers used in agriculture alone remain a major cause of poor water quality. Our industries, lifestyles and the personal needs of our growing populations are also nature’s rivals for the use of clean water. Climate change adds an additional element of uncertainty to the availability of water resources. With prospects of changing precipitation patterns, some parts of Europe are expected to have more and others less freshwater available in the future. Faced with increasing demand and climate change, many users including nature will struggle to meet their water needs. In case of water scarcity, industry and households can develop ways of using less water, but our wat...