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The Rise of the State: Profitable Investing and Geopolitics in the 21st Century by David F. Dittman, Elliott H. Gue, Yiannis G. Mostrous

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10. Water Is Money

Less than 3 percent of the water on Earth is fresh. Ensuring the quality of this 3 percent is critical for everyday life. We need to drink it, we need it to farm, and we need it for industry. The problem is that people have wasted available freshwater and disrupted its renewal through inefficient use and poor agricultural and industrial practices.

Three distinct investment areas are worthy of consideration by investors: water supply, demand reduction, and management of inefficiencies. Furthermore, an important issue about water’s usage in Asia and its economic importance is the regional diet. Two of the region’s basic foods are rice and fish. Compared to other staples, these two products require significant amounts of freshwater ...

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