Draining the Ogallala Aquifer

Industrial farms are pumping the Ogallala aquifer at an alarming rate. If conservation efforts aren’t put in place, dire consequences could occur similar to the conditions of the Dust Bowl.

The corn, soybeans, wheat, beef and cotton we’re consuming are drawing down the Ogallala. The grain and meat and fiber we’re growing to send to other countries are emptying our nation’s largest aquifer. We are, in effect, eating the Ogallala, wearing it, exporting it.
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