Australians seem to want to confront the inevitable conflict between ag and urban water use by buying out the farmers:
Australia’s government promised Tuesday to spend about $2.9 billion to buy river water from farmers in a bid to address the country’s worst drought in a century….
But a mayor in the farming district targeted by the water purchasing plan cautioned that the it would reduce Australia’s agricultural exports at a time of global food shortages and inflation.
“The cost of food will certainly rise. The nation’s exports will drop,” Brian Sharp told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio.