Jun 02

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Water Footprint…or Should We Make That Food-print?

Wanna shrink that water footprint? Take a look at the food you’re eating. Listen up:

Here’s some food for thought: More than 90 percent of our water footprint relates to water usage in agriculture—which means the food we eat is our biggest use of water.

Food needs to drink, too… (via Dwight Burdette)

Fresh water comprises just 2.5 percent of the world’s supply, so conservation is critical. But to be truly water-wise, we need to look less at our plumbing, and more at our plates.

According to Arjen Hoekstra, Chair of the Department of Water Management at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, “92 percent of the water footprint of humanity relates to water usage in agriculture.”

He illuminates another fact invisible to most: Making our meat, dairy, fruits, veggies, and clothes demands much more water than flushing and brushing.

For example, it takes over a thousand gallons of water to produce a single gallon of coffee, and over 1,800 for a pound of beef.

Get schooled:

The fine print:



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