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From Simple to Great, from Past to Future

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Global Food for Thought by Christopher Butler

Lima 2035 shares their ambitious plan to change urban food systems to transform the world’s driest megacity.

An aerial view of Lima, Peru
Aarom Ore
Food and Agriculture

Build Back Bluer: Water Innovation Can Drive Inclusive Economic Recovery in the Great Lakes

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Crain's Chicago Business
Alaina Harkness

Alaina Harkness discusses the water infrastructure of the midwest.

Lake Michigan from Chicago
Water

Growing Cities, Changing Diets

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Global Food for Thought by Alesha Miller

Water flows between farms and cities and changes form as each person uses and reuses it.

An aqueduct in Blythe, California with reflection of the sky in the water.
Steve Rotman
Water

The moral hazards of smart water management

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Taylor & Francis Online
Kris Hartley

Smart water management (SWM) brings technological sophistication to water governance by providing monitoring, operational, and communications capacities through real-time information.

A close-up view of water splashing in the ocean
Water

Food Security Depends on Water Security—and We Need to Act Now

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Global Food for Thought by Mark W. Rosegrant

Better water management is crucial to global food and nutrition security.

Rice fields in Indonesia
Sebastian Pena Lambarri
Food and Agriculture

The Gendered Burden of Water

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Global Food for Thought by Michael Tiboris

Humans all need water for roughly the same things and in roughly the same amounts. And yet, water insecurity has profoundly disproportionate effects on women.

South Sudanese carry water containers on their heads
Reuters
Food and Agriculture

From Chicago to Uganda, Clean Water is Key to Good Nutrition

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Global Food for Thought by Roger Thurow

Unclean water, poor sanitation, and lousy hygiene—and resulting diseases—combine with poor nutrition as the leading causes of young child mortality and stunting. 

Women in Niger water a vegetable garden.
Water

Are the Sustainable Development Goals for Water and Food Working Against One Another?

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Global Food for Thought by Michael Tiboris

Food, energy, and water form a nexus in which increased access to one resource puts increased pressures on the others.

An irrigation system spillway in Cambodia
Dept. Foreign Affairs
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Achieving Food and Nutrition Security in the Face of Water Scarcity

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Global Food for Thought by Vanessa M. Taylor

Failure to treat water as a strategic, valuable, and limited resource is a direct threat to the global economy; the health of our planet; and the well-being of both current and future generations of humanity.

A farmer takes a break while tending his rice farm.
Wayne S. Grazio
Food and Agriculture

Chicago should remove all lead service lines to ensure safe water

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Chicago Tribune
Michael Tiboris

As cities across the nation overhaul their aging water systems, Chicago officials say it is up to homeowners to decide whether it is worth replacing pipes at their own expense.

Workers prepare to replace older water mains in the 5100 block of West Roscoe Street
Water