LeTourneau University Science Seminar, November 14, 2013, 11:00 am, C101 Glaske
Water Quality in Agriculture and Its Increased Demand for Food Production
Mary Katherine Foy
The increase in population of the world over the last 50 years has precipitated a discussion on how we will feed this growing population. In that discussion we must address the demand for water and the need for clean, quality water for all agricultural industries. 92% of the water used globally is used for agricultural purposes. A microcosm example for the coming needs of the agricultural industry can be seen in what is already occurring in the poultry industry. Over the same time period of the last 50 years, the size of the bird being produced has increased significantly. This increase in the size of the bird, and its consequential increase in water consumption have placed demands on the farmer that require education and cooperation not only on a local level, but also on a global level to provide quality water. This presentation will discuss our increased demand for food, the role clean water plays in this and the local, self identifying field experiences of educating those that are dependent on this source.