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Dealing with Dilemma: Reconciling Water Tensions between Farmers and Families in CA

By Wyatt Smith In “Woolf Farming and Processing”, our class confronted the vexing challenges of water distribution and shortage, attempting to reconcile the tensions between usage, rights, and payment that define water shortage issues. Digging deeper into the market failures complicating these issues, it becomes clear that solutions are not easy: Accounting for 80% of […]

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Texas Water Supply and Demand Dynamics

By Ashleigh The state of Texas is the second largest in the U.S. and is slightly larger than France, with an economy larger than that of Spain. For a state of this size, proper water supply management is a complex task despite the comparatively well-developed infrastructure and high per capita income, which contrast to areas […]

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Your Prius or my Beefy Crumbles?

By Ann Marie Envision a typical American meal from the 1950s. Now envision an American meal in 2000. Which plate contains more red meat? Hint: stories of a move away from the old “meat and potatoes” diet do not play out in the data. In 2000, Americans consumed a whopping 195 pounds of meat per […]

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On the Privatization of Water

By AdP Over the summer, a friend of mine sent me a link to a in which Nestlé’s CEO, Peter Brabeck, argued that water should be completely privatized. The shock factor of this statement is obvious, but the arguments behind introducing market values to water are less extreme than they may look at first blush. […]

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Water Markets in the Central Valley

By Anonymous It was quite frustrating to discuss such an inefficient allocation of resources as the water system in the Woolf Farming case. Pricing is opaque, farmers refrain from trading excess allocation and per-acre foot overhead costs exacerbate the price variance between shortages and excess. However, I was encouraged to learn about the Australian water […]

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