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Arizona’s alfalfa is essential, water crisis solution that leads to food supply issue is no fix

drought, alfalfa, Colorado River, Arizona Farm Bureau

Concerns over the Colorado River have led the everyday Arizonan to think about water in ways they haven’t before. As a result, much has been made as of late about growing “thirsty crops” in Arizona’s desert climate. It doesn’t take long to find an opinion or editorial about how farming alfalfa is the embodiment of everything that is wrong with the water system in Arizona, but this rhetoric needs to stop.

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Vertical farm in Avondale promotes sustainability, technology, water conservation (access required)

vertical farm, hydroponics, aeroponics, kale, arugula, University of Arizona, California, drought, Lake Mead, Colorado River, farmers, water shortage

Imagine a farm that grows crops on platforms in a controlled environment, uses 99% less water than a traditional farm and grows seasonal produce year-round – all without soil or anyone driving a tractor. This is the goal of OnePointOne, a 12,000-square-foot “vertical farm” in an Avondale industrial park. Water is an existential issue for Arizona, with the two major reservoirs on the Colorado River at historic lows and more cutbacks expected for central Arizona farmers.

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