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Atrazine: Saving Our Precious Water Resources

A growing world population is putting more and more demands on a finite water supply.

Growing urban populations and expanding industry increasingly compete with agriculture for dwindling water resources.

  • Around the world, critical aquifers – the precious water stored below ground – are being depleted faster than they can be renewed by rainfall.
  • About 80 countries are already suffering from water shortages.
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How can we manage our water and food resources against such tight constraints? Technology is the only way. Technology can allow us to grow more with less.

New technologies — from new plant breeding techniques, to biotech, to effective herbicides like atrazine — can stretch our water resources, protect habitats and give us more crops per drop.

For example:

  • New seed treatments stimulate root growth in plants, raising yields and making them better able to withstand drought.
  • And one technology, applied to wheat, can increase crop-per-drop efficiencies by as much as 35 percent.

Atrazine has been a key part of our nation's successful efforts at water conservation. No-till farming, largely enabled by atrazine, greatly reduces soil runoff into streams and water bodies, keeping water clean and protecting natural habitats.

Atrazine is a large part of the reason, too, that corn farmers today use 27 percent less water to irrigate their crop than they did 20 years ago.

More food grown with less water. More crop per drop. This ultimately is how we are going to “save the oasis.”