AmericaSpeaks TheVoiceOfJoyce It’s not an either or situation. Alfalfa farming serves a purpose to feed cows and sheep. The problem, it’s requires too much water in drought areas to be a sustainable crop. The reality:20% is shipped overseas to help ranchers elsewhere, areas too dry to sustain alfalfa crops, 40 million people rely on the water from the Colorado water basin and it’s drying up! The crisis is now. Can other plants supplant alfalfa? Are we bioengineering new seeds that require minimal water using drip irrigation? Are we using ancient seeds used by the indigenous tribes? If not, why not? 10 yrs ago, at the Technion, canola oil was grown in the desert, using 2/3 rds less water. Canola can substitute for corn as a bio fuel. What substitutes for alfalfa? Seaweed feeds livestock, producing less methane emissions. This may not be the crop for the Colorado River Basin. However, if one farmer has diversified his crops and income streams, others must, too! The reality, water is necessary for life. It’s a scarce resource and we must conserve and adapt to survive. We created scarcity and we can develop new methodology to save livelihoods and lives. The new Inflation Reduction Act provides $28 Billion to mitigate Climate crises, use it .

in one of the oldest farming communities in the Colorado River basin, the forage crop is king. One out of every three farmed acres in the valley is dedicated to growing alfalfa, which dries into a high-protein hay commonly used as food for livestock.

The plant looms large in the desert south-west, not only because it’s the region’s biggest crop but also because it’s one of the thirstiest – its deep roots suck up water in a region scorched by a 22-year drought.

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