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Sustainable Agriculture, Better-managed Water Supplies, Vital to Tackling Water-food Nexus – Un

Highlighting the need for intensification of sustainable agriculture, Mr. Steduto called for improving efficiency in the use of resources; protecting and conserving natural resources; having a people-centred approach and protecting rural livelihoods; strengthening resilience of people, community and ecosystems, particularly to climate change; and ensuring good governance to safeguard sustainability for natural and human systems.

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Applying the Circular Economy Lens to Water

Moving to a circular economy of water is about synchronising with and then optimising natural water cycles rather than a shifting to new paradigm. Nature already circulates water effectively and has processes that regulate flow, maintain high quality and insure against drought. By using nature as a mentor and applying circular economy principles such as systems thinking, closed loop systems and retention of value, it should be possible to avert the water crisis that many predict and secure an abundant, resilient and regenerative water future for all.

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Water In Plain Sight

Author: Judith D. Schwartz | Published: December 7, 2016 
We often think of water as a “noun”, as something bounded by place. After researching and writing a book on water, however, I’ve come to regard water as a “verb”. Water is always in motion. It expands in volume or retrenches; it retains or releases energy. It changes state, moving from gas to liquid to solid and back again, in an ongoing dialogue with land and sun.

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An Overlooked Water Resource

Carbon rich soil acts like a giant sponge that absorbs water during floods and provides it to plants in times of drought. An increase in organic matter (carbon) in the top six inches of soil increases its water holding capacity by approximately 27,000 gallons of water per acre.

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Minnesota’s Threatened Rivers

The lush watershed of the Chippewa River is showing signs of contamination from agricultural runoff. But farmers are trying new methods that protect the land and improve water quality.