March 22 is World Water Day, a day of international recognition of the importance of water. This year’s theme? Water and Jobs. Agriculture employs millions, with the U.S having over 2 million principle farm operators.
According to the FAO in 2007, the US had 22,229 thousand hectares of irrigated water. Globally, food production accounts for 70% of water use from rivers and aquifers. The American west, has notably been struggling with its water usage in agriculture. Well rounded sustainable agriculture will be key to keeping a healthy water supply and keeping American Farms running.
What Can You Do Today?
Check out what the Time recommends to do to help protect water here.
Highlights include reducing meat consumption and washing your hands right.
Modern Farmer’s recommendations include waiting to run the dishwasher until it is full, and using rain barrels when gardening, Check out their full list here.
Take a water footprint test to see how your usage adds up.
For more information on World Water day and current water use and challenges check out the UN’s World Water Day website