How agriculture is drying up Arizona’s water supply

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In this part of Arizona, the big farms control the water. These wells pump huge quantities to produce alfalfa, a plant used for animal feed. © France 2
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FRANCE 2

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James VASINA

In the absence of restrictions on water use, the owners of some large farms in the United States are drying up groundwater tables. All they have to do is buy the land to have access to as much free water as they want. In Arizona, farm owners and ranchers dig deeper and deeper to irrigate their land, leaving other residents with low water supplies. Meanwhile, parts of the land have collapsed, collapsing as water is pumped from below. Report from our colleagues from France 2, with James Vasina from FRANCE 24.

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