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Food water and energy issues in other parts of the world: Gujarat, India

This picture already shows what this blog item is about: The scarcity of water. But also the issues with food and energy, mainly the aspect that these three cannot be seen as separate items since they are all linked to one another, will be discussed in this article.

The article about Gujarat, India found on the news page of National Geographic Channel appeared to be quite interesting when looking on the food, water and energy supplies.

The northern part of the Gujarat state in western India suffers from the drought. Most of the rain will fall during monsoon season (June-September). As you can imagine it is not easy to grow food in such an area. Due to the demands of food the farmers have to find ways to grow food the whole year through. Therefore they invest huge amounts of money for installations and wells and they use a lot of energy to pump the water to the surface.

But besides the huge amount of energy used, there is another enormous problem that arises because of all the water that has been used by the farmers. In the whole area the water level dropped about 600 feet below the ground, which made many wells unusable. And therefore all people gather at one of the deeper wells in order to get a little water.

Food, water and energy issues cross many borders and everywhere in the world these issues apply to varying degrees.

Nicole

Source: National geographic News (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2012/04/120406-food-water-energy-nexus/)

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