Irrigating Crops with Seawater As the world ’ s population grows and freshwater stores become more precious , researchers are looking to the sea for the water to irrigate selected crops

@inproceedings{Glenn1999IrrigatingCW,
  title={Irrigating Crops with Seawater As the world ’ s population grows and freshwater stores become more precious , researchers are looking to the sea for the water to irrigate selected crops},
  author={Edward P. Glenn and John J. Brown and James W. O’Leary},
  year={1999}
}
but most terrestrial creatures— including humans—depend for food on plants irrigated by freshwater from rainfall, rivers, lakes, springs and streams. None of the top five plants eaten by people—wheat, corn, rice, potatoes and soybeans—can tolerate salt: expose them to seawater, and they droop, shrivel and die within days. One of the most urgent global problems is finding enough water and land to support the world’s food needs. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that… CONTINUE READING