Conservation & sustainability, Food security, Management, Studies

Which California Foods You Consume Makes Little Impact on Drought-Relevant Water Usage

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Nina M. Anderson and Daniel A. Sumner
ARE Update, February 2016

To be relevant to California’s drought, discussions of water used to produce food items should focus on the irrigation water relevant to production in California. By that measure, drought-relevant water used to produce livestock products such as beef and milk is moderate compared to crop products such as wine and broccoli.

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