Future of Agriculture 159: Water Economics with Dr David Zetland

Dr. David Zetland is a university lecturer, blogger, and economy researcher. He currently teaches at Leiden University College - The Hague as a lecturer in political-economy. He is the creator of the Aguanomics blog, a site that focuses on topics on the different ways people manage, use, and abuse water. David obtained his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from UC Davis and has earned extensive experience regarding water economy and water policy.


David joins me today to discuss the water economy and where we are right now as a civilization. He shares why we should be in a global state of panic and why we’re no longer in a world where water is sustainable. He explains the need for water to be priced and how it can positively affect the ag industry. David also discusses water rights, “free water,” the water market, and possible solutions to water scarcity.


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“If there is a price on water, supply and demand will balance.” - Dr. David Zetland





This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:


  • Why we should be panicking about climate change and its effects on water scarcity.
  • Water shortages and the problems it would impose on the ag industry.
  • The two major sources of water for agriculture and the water market.
  • Why water is essentially not free in agriculture.
  • The logic applied on who really consumes the most water.
  • Buying and selling water rights and how farmers conduct their water business.
  • The political struggles involving water and how it is in other countries.
  • Why desalination plants aren't the solution to water scarcity.




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