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Water ResourcesWater Resources More focus on water is occurring at the consumer level, driving action at the policy and commercial use level. Below are several stories and resources to help the conversations toward developing water solutions for everyone.

Maggie Monast, Environmental Defense Fund, introduces the EDF as one group that listens and works in a practical aspect to achieve beef sustainability. Ms. Monast shares some of the EDF initiatives that focuses on sustainable sourcing and the supply chain structure to meet the needs of people, prosperity, and the planet.

How is the EDF working with the beef industry? By working directly with the whole supply chain and supporting the activity with data & information.

Dr. Sara Place, Sustainable Beef Cattle Systems, Oklahoma State University, presents as to why beef sustainable is important today and what factors contribute to "sustainability".

Dr. Place offers perspectives on the various aspects of sustainability and what people believe about them. Her take away is that all stakeholders have very different ways of looking at a problem and there is a need to understand them to work toward supporting sustainability solutions.

Feeding the World in the 21st Century- A Wide Boundary Perspective - Dr. Nate Hagens, University of Minnesota, from the 2014 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 15-16, 2014, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

water resourcesUnderstanding the Water Flow Water is clearly critical to life. But water is a very regional resource. Some areas have plenty of water and there is no concern. Other areas have no water but their neighbors do. Below are some resources to better understand the issues and solutions.

How much plastics does agriculture use yearly? And what happens to it?
Fruit and Plastic

Weather Tracking and AnalysisWeather Whisperers Weather history goes back thousands of years. Data from tree rings, fishing fleets, and written records can be pulled together to help understand weather historically. Combine that with powerful technology and smart people results in tools to help people understand the weather and what impacts will occur.

These are a series of resource links to better understand the environmental and ecological issues affecting the Great Lakes.