VIDEO: Even though many farmers struggle to meet their crops’ demand for water in places such as drought-stricken California, every year they send billions of “virtual gallons” to other countries in the form of the food and feed grown with that water. Learn how economic forces outside the U.S.—such as China’s growing appetite for milk—are affecting virtual gallon exports in unexpected ways.
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GRAPHIC: Alvaro Valino, Lawson Parker, and Kelsey Nowakowski
ANIMATION: Lawson Parker
SOURCES: Arjen Hoekstra, University of Twente, USDA Economic Research Service, Shefali Sharma and Zhang Rou, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, FAO, Ministry of Agriculture, People’s Republic of China
Is California Exporting Tons of Water During a Drought? | National Geographic