First, they depleted their freshwater aquifers. Now, companies from the Middle East are pumping up limited water supplies in the Arizona desert and exporting it back to Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the form of hay.
The world’s freshwater supply is under increasing demand, and an investor featured in “The Big Short” is betting prices will rise dramatically in the coming years.
Arizonans are debating what actions to take after a Reveal investigation showed the state’s limited aquifers are being drained to grow and ship crops overseas.
From the parched California coast to soaring water bills in New York, this episode of Reveal takes an in-depth look at water issues around the country.
Saudi Arabia’s largest dairy company, Almarai, bought 9,600 acres of land in a desert in the American Southwest. The company then converted it into hay fields to feed cows back home.
Saudi Arabia’s once massive underground aquifer system is drying up due to years of overpumping. And California, in the midst of a drought, is heading