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Australia’s food bowl drying up, scientists warn

June 20, 2008
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Australia’s food bowl drying up, scientists warn
Sydney – The Murray-Darling river basin where one-third of Australia’s food is grown is in dire straits because upstream farmers are taking too much water for irrigation, scientists warned Wednesday. They said parts of the basin would be “beyond the point of recovery” unless the government bought back water allocations and got more water flowing by October.

“There has been 10 years at least where people have said you have got to restore the environmental flows to the system if you want to keep the natural assets,” Adelaide University’s David Paton told national broadcaster ABC.

“We have failed to do that. Now we should be seriously trying to repair the damage and at least prevent it going to the point where, when we do have water back, which might be two or three years away, you are just not going to have a system which you can recover,” he said.
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