With the global population growing and the climate warming and water still being treated as a limitless resource, the availability and quality of global freshwater resources are rapidly declining. Some of the biggest challenges in the U.S. are in the Colorado River Basin, California, and other parts of the Southwest.
The food and agribusiness industries use more than 70% of freshwater globally. How food sector companies use limited water resources and manage escalating water risks is profoundly important, both for our societal future and the long-term financial viability of the companies themselves. This report from Ceres, partially funded by the foundation, examines how large food companies manage water in their operations and supply chains.