Been to the Desert on a Course with No Shame

In Saudi Arabia, industrial-scale farming of forage crops such as alfalfa is banned because water is considered such a valuable resource. So where does a Saudi company called Fondomonte go to get water and grow such crops? Arizona. Yes, an increasingly hot and dry Arizona where water should also be considered a valuable resource. “The company is hardly alone in using state-owned land to irrigate crops: Fondomonte holds four of the roughly 20 state agricultural leases across Arizona’s three major transport basins, where state law allows transfer of water to cities. But its foreign ownership and strict limits on water use in its home country have fueled outrage here.” WaPo (Gift Article): How a Saudi firm tapped a gusher of water in drought-stricken Arizona.

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