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Water and its role in food and health security--the importance of water to food production.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19965339     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Water is vital to food production: every calorie of plant food requires at least one litre of water, while one calorie of meat or dairy product can require up to 10 litres of water. Water is supplied either through rainfall or through irrigation. Irrigated agriculture uses 18 per cent of agricultural land, and produces 40 per cent of agricultural products. But urbanisation, agricultural land degradation, the mandating of biofuels, drought and climate change are reducing the amount of water available to agriculture. The green revolution of last century doubled cereal production with only a very small increase in land. This century we need a blue revolution, a dramatic increase in the amount of food produced from irrigation or blue water. The blue revolution must be based on knowledge, with that knowledge accessible, and useful, to farmers in both the developed and developing world.
Asa K Wahlquist
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition     Volume:  18     ISSN:  0964-7058     ISO Abbreviation:  Asia Pac J Clin Nutr     Publication Date:  2009  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-12-07     Completed Date:  2010-03-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9440304     Medline TA:  Asia Pac J Clin Nutr     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  501-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
The Australian Newspaper, Sydney, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Agriculture* / economics,  statistics & numerical data
Climate Change
Food Supply*
Green Chemistry Technology
Health Status*
Water / physiology*
Water Supply* / economics
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