The Earth's surface may be about 70 percent water, but less than one percent of that is available as freshwater to humans. Today, 80 countries suffer from water shortages, and some 1.1 billion people lack access to safe water.
These water resources are only going to get more strained. Experts believe that with rising world population, food production must double. It’s clear that agriculture, which consumes 70 percent of the world’s usable water, must lead in managing our water resources.
The good news is, we can.
Atrazine enables no-till farming, which helped bring total erosion rates down by 40 percent between 1982 and 2007, and is leading to the complete elimination of pesticide runoff into streams and rivers in certain areas.
Experts say we will have to double agricultural production in order to feed a growing world population. Atrazine can help by allowing farmers to grow more food on less land.
In the past 20 years, atrazine has helped corn farmers grow 41 percent more corn, while reducing soil loss by almost 70 percent, irrigation water by 27 percent, energy use by 37 percent, and CO2 emissions by 30 percent. In all, atrazine and similar compounds save up to 150 million tons of soil a year from erosion—enough to fill more than 3 million dump trucks.
This intensification of agriculture is good for farmers. Good for consumers. And good for the environment.