American Water Solutions | Infrastructure Research
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AGRICULTURE


The U.S. agriculture sector produces enormous volumes of food, feed, and meats on just over 391 million acres of cropland,105 an area larger than the State of Alaska.106 In this respect, the current chemically intensive production system has been successful in keeping pace with a growing domestic population. However, this production system also exacts stresses on our water resources in terms of water consumption—bordering on depletion in certain instances—and persistent, pervasive degradation of water quality, leading to negative public health impacts.