Summary of Who's really using up the water in the American West?

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The water crisis in the American West is worsening, and the video discusses how this affects different industries and individuals. Agriculture is a major water user, and one proposed solution is to fallow some farmland to conserve water. This approach has been met with mixed reactions, as it would have a significant impact on the food industry and the economy.

  • 00:00:00 The video discusses the water crisis in the Western United States, highlighting how much water is used for residential, commercial, and industrial purposes, with agriculture taking up the third largest share of water usage. A long-term agreement between a water district serving LA and San Diego and a rural California irrigation district allows up to 29% of the total farmland to be fallowed, which has been largely well received by farmers. However, the approach does not work for everyone and cheeseburgers are still a favorite food.
  • 00:05:00 The video discusses the issue of water usage in the American West, and how it affects both the economic winners and losers. It points out that, as water supplies continue to dwindle, something has to give, and the solution may be to alter the way we eat, grow crops, and produce livestock.

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