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By Andrew Martin Global food shortages have placed the Middle East and North Africa in a quandary because they are facing a choice of growing more crops to feed an expanding population or preserving their already scant supply of water. For decades, countries in this region have drained aquifers, sucked the salt from seawater and diverted the Nile to make the deserts bloom. But those projects were so costly and used so much water that it remained far more practical to import food than to...
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