Geo-rule, you say rice is the most water intensive crop. Are you sure, I believe corn is no slouch in that area. Republican farmers grow corn which is then used by repubs to make ethanol, a complete waste of food. Ethanol requires about 36 gallons of water to make 1 gallon of ethanol. It seems like ethanol is a double waste and is a lousy, unnecessary fuel to boot. Talk about misallocation!