It takes less water today than ever to grow our food

Crop production per acre-foot of water has risen 43 percent in California between 1967 and 2010.

Image: Young bell peppers in the Coachella Valley surrounded by water-saving plastic “mulch”

Comparing Changes in Applied Water Use and the Real Gross Value of Output for California Agriculture: 1967 to 2010

USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

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