Big AG’s Big Thirst

by Satchita Melina, Resident Artist


In this piece a conveniently checked-out farmer relaxes, unconsciously gulping down the limited water we take for granted. His big belly is the rolling fields of thirsty crops, and the fish are just a symbol for all the creatures and habitats that are exploited by the waste of water.

Agriculture accounts for about 70% of our global water use.  As population grows, food demands increase and climate change continues, we need be held accountable for how we manage our water supplies.

Still today many irrigation systems used in big agricultural productions are inefficient and unethical; like the center pivot which blindly projects water 360 degrees. New technologies like GPS irrigation mapping are promising, as they can be programmed to water only specific areas.



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