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  • Up to 40 percent of drinking water worldwide comes from underground waterways that make up largely uncharted aquifer systems, some containing water that’s tens of thousands of years old
  • When NASA published a study of global underground water reserves, they found 37 major aquifer systems — 21 of which were at risk of being depleted
  • Industrial agriculture uses about 70 percent of the water withdrawn from underground aquifers
  • Damages from toxic dicamba drift are expanding to affect not only farmers but also homeowners, resort owners, state parks and organic specialty farms, leaving victims with little recourse
  • The world’s five largest meat and dairy corporations alone create more greenhouse gas emissions than Exxon, Shell or BP each year

By Dr. Mercola

Up to 40 percent of drinking water worldwide comes from underground waterways that make up largely uncharted aquifer systems, some containing water that's tens of thousands of years old. When NASA published a study of global underground water reserves, they found 37 major aquifer systems — 21 of which were at risk of being depleted. The problem is especially pronounced in the U.S. southwest (among other regions in Asia and the Middle East), where it's not unusual for family wells to run dry.


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