Molly Peters

Photographer
   
Bloomberg Businessweek: Irrigation Innovation
Location: Los Angeles
Nationality: American
Biography: Molly Peters is a Los Angeles-based fine art and documentary photographer currently available for assignment. She earned her BA in Photography and Italian Studies at Bard College in 2010, and her MFA in Photography from the Hartford Art School in... read on
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Bloomberg Businessweek: Irrigation Innovation
Copyright molly peters 2021
Updated 09/27/21
Location Arizona
"A tiny piece of plastic is helping farmers use far less water. An Israeli company’s modest innovation in drip irrigation could forever change agriculture, especially in resource-starved environments... N-Drip is the brainchild of Uri Shani, a professor of soil physics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a former chairman of Israel’s water authority. He set out seven years ago to devise a microdrip irrigation system cheap enough to make sense not just for lettuces and berries but also commodity crops such as soy and corn, which make up the bulk of the world’s agricultural output." - Elizabeth G. Dunn  

Drip irrigation is an innovative method which uses drastically less water than traditional flood irrigation, with more consistent water distribution throughout the fields, less fertilizer wasted through runoff, and far less labor needed to maintain the system.

As the southwest USA grapples with climate change and an ongoing severe drought, and water resources like the Colorado River are shrinking and increasingly controlled, methods like this one offer promise for the future to conserve agricultural water use without affecting crop output negatively.

Photographed for Bloomberg Businessweek, see the full story here.
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