Environmentally conscious Polish consumers

| Enviromental Protection |

Research concerning environmentally-friendly awareness and habits commissioned by the Ministry of the Environment has shown that the Poles are taking increasing care of the environment and its protection. Numerous initiatives and pro-environmental programs are being implemented at present, both on the local and national level.

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New kind of watering

| Foreign Markets |

India is a vast agricultural market, both due to the size of the population, and to the need of providing them with food supply safety. The country is in dire need of new solutions which would raise the efficiency of crops.

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Clever fertilization

| Enviromental Protection |

Application of fertilizers is not enough in order to produce plentiful yield of good quality. It is the method of fertilizer application that determines whether the substances contained in the product are utilized in the best way.

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Recovered water

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We have written about scientists from Vermont, who have prepared the method of sourcing substances useful in the production of fertilizers from human urine. Their colleagues from University of Michigan launched a research project aiming at re-using of substances contained in manure.

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Drought in Brazil

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Pele’s home country is a land of contrasts, including differences in weather conditions. One the one hand, a part of Brazil is plagued by floods, on the other hand the North-East regions suffer from acute shortages of water.

Estimating losses for the farmers

It has not rained for two years in some parts of this area. Such drought as the current one has not occurred for almost 50 years! Lack of rainwater impacts agricultural production, and the sugar cane plantations in particular. This part of the country accounts for 10% of Brazilian sugar cane production. Sadly, due to the drought crops have shrunk by one third. Cotton and maize plantations are also drying up. Cattle owners suffer as well, because animals die as a result of inadequate access to food and water.

Threats for the industry

Drought has brought about another kind of danger, with hydropower plants losing efficiency. The output threshold ensuring stable electricity supply is 34%. However, in late December the actual capacity was only 32%. Consequently, power supply may become interrupted, causing difficulties for industrial plants and households.

Individuals depend on water tanks

Water circulation in small towns relies on a network of traveling water dealers. Most towns and cities do not have water reserves, nor are there any waterworks. The resource is therefore provided by businesspeople who purchase water from private wells and distribute it in tanker trailers pulled by donkeys.

Challenge for the country

Brazil might appear to be immersed in World Cup preparations, there are other challenges for the government in Brasilia, however. One major issue is the shortage of water in the North-East states. Finding a way to aid the local community in this predicament would prove a real achievement for the politicians in power.

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Global problems with water supply

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Water takes up 70% of the Earth’s surface. However, the resources of potable water are not sufficient to meet the demand of the human population.

We have to eat…

…and water is indispensable for cultivation of edible goods. The agricultural industry is the largest consumer of water. Globally, there are 2.5 billion lesser farmers who grow plants and farm animals. Agriculture requires fresh water whose deposits are not spread evenly on the continents.

Climate changes

We have been observing marked changes of global weather conditions, resulting from global warming. Dry regions are getting even less water, while places where plentiful rainfall had been common are now getting even more water. The first issue necessitates coming up with special solutions which enable farming in areas with little fresh water. In the second case, countries in South-East Asia, first and foremost Bangladesh, face the consequences of even more vicious monsoon rains that cause floods and result in grave losses for local farming.

Another problem human population ought to tackle is wasting food, which is paramount to wasting water that has been used in the production of this food. 25% of global water supply is currently used for the manufacturing of food that is not consumed. If we juxtapose this figure and the number of people afflicted by famine (1 billion) and in danger of being malnourished (2 billion), the conclusion is easy to reach.

Food safety is the most important

Having considered the above data, let us direct our attention to the need of greater respect for the the water we have at our disposal. This is synonymous with care for global food supply security. Each of us should start with their own household. Publicizing such statistics as those given above may persuade many of us to change our attitude. On condition that we use the water at our disposal wisely and recycle as much as possible, as well as use the most advanced mechanical and chemical technologies, we may assist in securing global food supply security.

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