Corn or Current? The Agro-Industrial Water Conflict

Nov 06, 2014
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A new report shows where conflicts between industry and agriculture for limited water supplies could be most severe. MSCI ESG Research used data from WRI's Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas to evaluate agro-industrial water conflict for 110 publicly traded, water-intensive companies operating in highly irrigated and water-stressed U.S. counties.The report found that competition for water in stressed areas between power generators and other industrial users and agricultural operations could create stranded assets, reduce overall productivity, create community conflicts, and threaten food and water security.