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Today is World Water Day (March 22, 2012)

Water droplets on grass (Tapetum,, under a CC-BY-SA-2.0 license)

The United Nations General Assembly declared March 22, 1993 the first World Water Day. This year, the event is coordinated by FAO  (UN Food and Agriculture Organization); appropriately, the theme is Water and Food Security: The World is Thirsty Because We are Hungry. About 70% of the water we “drink” is actually through the food we eat. Abundant water is needed to grow crops and raise livestock for consumption; with the world’s water supply shrinking or becoming more contaminated, hunger is a very real current and future water supply-related threat.

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