24 February 2011

PPIC Report on California water

I don't intend to read it, but I agree with this part:
PPIC proposes no conservation goal for agriculture, which uses about 80 percent of all the state's water. Farm conservation, they assert, is ineffective in reducing net water demand because the saved water still ends up getting used to grow more crops elsewhere.

Real agricultural water savings come only from fallowing farm land, the authors state, which should be determined by market forces.

1 comment:

The Pasadena Pundit said...

Agriculture used 27.7 MAF of water in 1998, a wet year, from a total of 335.8 MAF in total precipitation and imports, reflecting 8.2% of all water (U.C. Stanislaus)