Working against the aridity. Fresh water, a scarcity

Among the various factors related to climate, atmospheric water precipitation over the territory is the most decisive regarding the creation of biomass. But, as happens in the Mediterranean climate, rainfall is insufficient, and the extra input via irrigation will be a deciding factor.

The possibility that, through the use of increasingly sophisticated technologies, we can get to modify the constraints implicated by our natural soil and climate is increasing. However, new technologies that promote substantial increases in agricultural production do it by adding to the inputs of agricultural systems significant amounts of fertilizer, water and energy coming from elsewhere. The ecological footprint of advanced agricultural systems by far exceeds the onslaught subjected to the territory on which people settle. In traditional agriculture, even until well into the 19th century, the ecological footprint only barely exceeded the boundaries of individual counties. Even with water, by taking advantage of the the local contributions of the Túria River, constituted an externa contribution to our agricultural system, and not for all: important areas of the agricultural garden had survived, with certain limits and the significant efforts of farmers, by exploiting water resources that originated from our own cultivated areas.


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(Kingdom of València) [1239-1453]

MODERN PERIOD [1454-1789]


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