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Resolving Chronic Water Scarcity – ‘Waste Not, Want Not?’

When it comes to solving chronic and intensifying water shortages in the Southwest, including California, many politicians, journalists and even environmentalists apparently subscribe to the old adage of “Waste Not, Want Not.”

And there is certainly an ounce of wisdom in this old saw, in everything from managing one’s own finances to managing public forests. Using a resource judiciously – be it money, or timber, or water – is crucial to ensuring that it will not run out.

More questions than answers…

David Richardson farms 1000 acres of land in the UK along with his wife and son. In January 2011, he submitted an op-ed to Farmers Weekly entitled Profits of doom: High food prices, but at what cost?

In the op-ed, he reflects on a particular item from the Oxford Farming Conference that caught his attention:

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