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Unsustainable Rolling Irrigation systems in NSW drought area on the way to Hay

Why do they try and grow rice and other thirsty crops in the desert?

 

see also www.murrayirrigation.com.au/

 

and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murray_Darling

A quote from

 

www.priorityspace.com.au/

 

September dust storms, 2009

 

Does this not seem like anger

 

Over 200 years we have plundered this land

 

Torn all the life from her ancient soils

 

Tortured her with thirst as we drank to excess

 

Carelessly Rubbed salt into her wounds

 

Infected her with an infestation of clumsy ruminants

 

Scratching at her dry parched skin

 

Until she bleeds red soil from her collapsing veins

 

So when she turns

 

And tosses all her dust into the sea

 

Can you not hear her saying

 

“If you value this so little,

 

what use do you have for it…..”

 

Used here on web watersaverswebquest.weebly.com/drought.html

  

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Taken on November 27, 2002