In the article How to use seawater to grow food in the desert, farmers in Jordan are trying to find solutions to growing food demands under almost improbable conditions.
By 2050, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has said, food production needs to be increased by 50% to match the projected increase in population. That won’t be easy. “The challenge is to produce this amount of food within the boundaries of this planet, with a limited number of hectares of arable land – while knowing that a lot of the land and the soil is getting degraded,” says FAO emergency and rehabilitation officer Sylvie Wabbes-Candotti.
And in Jordan the conditions are compounded by a lack of water, 150 cubic meter of water per person per year, compared to 9000 in the US, and a staggering 98% of the country’s food is imported. Despite how obvious the need to focus efforts on basic needs in Jordan it is just as obvious in first world countries across the globe. I’m not sure what other areas of concern are more important than basic needs but whether in a desert, in the mountains, or in the plains, securing basic needs is always first. We’ve taken life’s necessities for granted when they should have been first priority from day one!
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