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A new study from the World Resources Institute shows the connection between crops and water scarcity.

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A pilot project will test how much water can be saved by not growing crops.

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Farm policies intended to remove risk from the grain-producing economy have pulled India from the perennial fear of famine. But inefficient bureaucracy and rampant corruption also promote the squandering of resources and a glut of food that is not reaching the poor.

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Thanks in large part to the Green Revolution that catalyzed grain production in the mid-1960s, India ended the perennial fear of famine. But achieving food abundance has overwhelmed India’s mammoth and unwieldy bureaucracy, drained its freshwater reserves, and strained the energy sector and electrical grid.

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Dwindling water supplies, low grain supplies, high prices for bread, meat, milk are outcomes of one of the worst droughts in the American history.

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A canal fed by the Liaohe River is seen near Xinmin, Liaoning, China on Sept 26, 2012.

Pollution is a major driver of water scarcity in China, especially in the places where economic growth is the highest and water resources are under the most stress — China’s dry northern breadbaskets and its biggest manufacturing hubs in the south and east.

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The dirty truth about the world’s largest grain producer.

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China's Major Grains Map

Click through the interactive infographic to see how China, the world’s largest nation and second-largest economy, has shifted its bread baskets to the north.

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The northeast region of China, including Heilongjiang, Liaoning and Jilin provinces, is among the world’s most important breadbaskets.

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China's Major Grains Map

Rich land, ample water, and human persistence have turned virgin prairie into the primary breadbasket for China, the world’s largest nation and second-largest economy that is pursuing grain production with a single-minded purpose.

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The U.S. farm sector, more productive and richer than ever, is a major water polluter.

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New project finds that building the world’s fastest-growing economy risks public safety and tests global resource limits.

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Infographic: Apalachicola Oysters

How do freshwater flows — or lack thereof — affect the marine life downstream?

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The drought that set upon the United States this year has tightened a three-state tug-of-war over fresh water, affecting marine life and a valuable fishing economy downstream in the Deep South’s Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, the most biodiverse river system in North America.

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Monsoon rainfall is 14 percent below average in India, which depends on rainwater to feed more than 50 percent of its agricultural land.

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Droughts Hit World’s Agricultural Regions: Without Water, U.S. Corn Crop Faces Setbacks

Droughts have struck food-producing regions in the United States, Russia, China, North Korea, and South Korea, raising the prospect of higher commodity prices and localized food shortages.

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Land Grabs, Agriculture, Agriculture as an Investment, Farmland Investment

GRAIN’s online database is the foundation for much of what the world knows about foreign investments in land. Though the majority of “land grabs” are for agribusiness, other sectors include construction, finance, industry, real estate, and more.

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A South American drought keeps global grain reserves tight, but it could mean good things for North American corn producers.

Favorable weather and prices, driven up by growing global demand and a series of droughts, have combined to push U.S. corn production to a new high — but retail food costs are not expected to drop.

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An overview of Australia’s Hunter Valley, traditionally known for its vineyards but more recently as a hydrocarbon center.

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Soaring global demand for coal has transformed the Hunter Valley farming region — which also boasts some of Australia’s best wine valleys — into a global hydrocarbon center. Like many other farmers in the region, John Cruickshank has a hard time finding the labor force he needs to nurse his vines into wine since he cannot compete with the lucrative high salaries paid by the mining industry.

Farmers and small town residents grapple with the pressures of an unprecedented expansion in coal mining.

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