- Food, Water and Society: An Analytical Framework
- <i>Green Water</i> Used By Plants And Managed By Farmers: Measurement, Accounting, Policy
- Green Water and Food Security
- Natural Capital Accounting for Water Resources
- Will Irrigation Technology, Pricing, or Quotas Ensure Sustainable Water Use?
- Global food Trade and Local Water Resources: Can We Bridge the Regulatory Gap?
- Water Service Requirements for Agriculture: Nature, Nurture, and Negotiation
- Valuing Water in Supply Chains
- Valuing Water in Food Systems and Beyond
- Subsidies and the Environment: Impacts of WTO Agricultural Support Disciplines
- Dietary Patterns that Value People and the Planet
- Incentive Programs to Address the Challenges of Hunger, Undernutrition, and Obesity in the United States
- Farmer-led Water User Associations in Agricultural Water Management
- Gender, Poverty and Politics Along the Real-Virtual Water Spectrum
- Societal Drivers of Food and Water Systems 1: The Approach by Way of Material Flows, Household Consumption Styles, and Contending Schools of Engineering Thought
- Societal Drivers of Food and Water Systems 2: Applying Plural Rationality to Some Wicked Problems
- Water and Food in the American West: Lessons from Recent Droughts in California
- Food and Water Security in North America’s Transboundary Sonoran Desert: A Water-Exporting Dryland
- Water Issues and the Brazilian Agricultural Agenda
- Water in Australian Agriculture
- Food and Water Management in Northwest Africa
- Food and Water Security in the Mediterranean Basin
- Food and Water Management in Southern Africa
- Food and Water Security in West Asia
- Understanding Pesticides in England and Wales: Pathways, Policies, and Pollution Prevention
- Water and Society: The Hierarchy of Demand for Drinking Water and Water-based Sanitation Over Agriculture in a Rain Fed Economy: The Cape Town Experience 2017-8
- Global Wheat Value Chains
- Water & Coffee
- The Future of Rice
- Oil Palm Value Chain Management
- Successes and Problems with Measuring Water Consumption in Beef Systems
- The Potential Impact of Improved Water Management to Alleviate Water Scarcity and Hunger: A Global Perspective
- The Global Uptake of Conservation Agriculture and the Impact on Water-Related Ecosystem Services
- A Farmer’s Perspective on Sustainable Agriculture, Soil, and Water Health
- The Variable Rate Irrigation Management Challenge
- The Water Infrastructure Crisis
- Integrating Multi-Capital Thinking into Business Decisions
- Modelling Agricultural Controls for Flooding and Soil Erosion
- Water Management by Farmers
- The Role of New and Green Water Resources in Localizing Water and Food Security Under Arid and Semiarid Conditions
- Disruptive Food Supply Chains: Bringing it all Back Home
- Lab-Grown Meat Production: Can It Change the World?
- Food, Water and the Consequences of Society Not Valuing the Environment
- Circumventing Water Scarcity in the Jordan Basin: Decoupling trends in Israel and Jordan
Abstract and Keywords
The American West, the last region in the continental United States to be developed for extensive agriculture, is characterized by a wide range of biomes including arid, and semiarid regions, forest, and coastline. In its less water-rich places, this has forced the development of water supply infrastructure for agriculture and cities. The American West rapidly became an agricultural powerhouse to the United States and a major exporter of agricultural commodities in global economy. This chapter reviews agriculture in the western United States, followed by a short review of major western water issues for agriculture, including surface water shortages from drought and persistent groundwater overdraft. The California 2012–2016 drought is used as a case study to identify lessons for future food and fiber production in California, the western United States, and globally.
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis
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