Agriculture consumes most freshwater; invent new agriculture and water production models

A few thoughts on the topic…Since agriculture consumes most of the planet’s fresh water in arable regions besides destroying forest habitat useful for a healthy climate new ways of making water from saltwater and growing food together should be innovated. Desalinating saltwater pumped in pipelines (and siphoned maybe) uphill to the continental divide along the border would build a large supply of water to be made fresh with solar evaporation and condensation with capture in large canals with lids. To capture the evaporating fresh water and let it slide down slope into fresh capture canals.

It would seem obvious that hydroponic crop production along the Mexican border in proximal dry canals with fresh water spilled into them would be productive. It might be possible to clear roof over sealed growing areas that let light through yet lose just a small percent of water. It could be possible to grow vegetables or fruit in transparent pipeline filled with water that move the food downhill to production facilities.

Fundamentally capitalism demands that the cheapest food production methods dominate market sales. To conserve water or produce more and increase global food supply new methods of food production that are cheaper and more effective need be developed.

Here is a reference to and quote from select works on agriculture’s affect on the ecosphere today…

A1 – Campbell, Bruce M.
A1 – Beare, Douglas J.
A1 – Bennett, Elena M.
A1 – Hall-Spencer, Jason M.
A1 – Ingram, John S. I.
A1 – Jaramillo, Fernando
A1 – Ortiz, Rodomiro
A1 – Ramankutty, Navin
A1 – Sayer, Jeffrey A.
A1 – Shindell, Drew
“TI – Agriculture production as a major driver of the Earth system exceeding planetary boundaries
N2 – We explore the role of agriculture in destabilizing the Earth system at the planetary scale, through examining nine planetary boundaries, or “safe limits”: land-system change, freshwater use, biogeochemical flows, biosphere integrity, climate change, ocean acidification, stratospheric ozone depletion, atmospheric aerosol loading, and introduction of novel entities. Two planetary boundaries have been fully transgressed, i.e., are at high risk, biosphere integrity and biogeochemical flows, and agriculture has been the major driver of the transgression. Three are in a zone of uncertainty i.e., at increasing risk, with agriculture the major driver of two of those, land-system change and freshwater use, and a significant contributor to the third, climate change. Agriculture is also a significant or major contributor to change for many of those planetary boundaries still in the safe zone. To reduce the role of agriculture in transgressing planetary boundaries, many interventions will be needed, including those in broader food systems.”
JO – Ecology and Society
PB – The Resilience Alliance
Y1 – 2017
P1 – 2017
VL – 22
IS – 4
C7 – 8
UR –
DO – 10.5751/ES-09595-220408
KW – aerosol loading
KW – biogeochemical flows
KW – biosphere integrity
KW – chemical pollution
KW – climate change
KW – diversity
KW – freshwater
KW – land-system change
KW – nitrogen
KW – ocean acidification
KW – ozone depletion
KW – phosphorous”

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Garrison Clifford Gibson

Philosophy, theology, contemporary issues including politics, economics, ecosphere, science fiction and history-these are useful things to write about that I have an interest in. I have published a few book collections-some free ebooks as well at my bookpage. Usually I live in Alaska. I took an Associate degree from the University of Alaska and a Bachelors from Excelsior College in 1991.

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