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Today, approximately 54 percent of the global population lives in an urban area, and the United Nations expects that by 2050, urban dwellers will make up 66 percent of the population. With the global rise of urbanization, we are becoming increasingly disconnected from our food sources.
For the past three years, the U.S.
Water shortages, population growth, and competition for water supplies are driving water providers to consider reusing water to augment drinking water sources, and potentially go directly into drinking water treatment and distribution systems.
If you think about it, for the most part at least, our economy and the way we make and use goods tends to follow a rather linear process. Natural resources are extracted from the ground, turned into products, used by consumers, and thrown away.