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Abandoning farmland to conserve water in California

Over half a million acres of irrigated farmland may have to be permanently taken out of agricultural use in the San Joaquin valley in California in order to conserve groundwater, according to this report by the non-profit Public Policy Institute of California. The report suggests using the land for generating solar energy, restoring ecosystems or managing flood risk by restoring floodplains.

Read the full report, Water and the Future of the San Joaquin Valley, here. Read media coverage in the New Food Economy here. See also the Foodsource resource How do food systems affect water use?

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