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December 16, 2020

U.S. water use declining for most crops, livestock production

Climate change and a growing world population require efficient use of natural resources. Water is a crucial component in food production, and water management strategies are needed to support worldwide changes in food consumption and dietary patterns, according to researchers at the University of Illinois.

It is estimated that agricultural production and food manufacturing account for a third of water usage in the U.S. Water use fluctuates with weather patterns but is also affected by shifts in production technology, supply chain linkages and domestic and foreign consumer demand. Read more