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How Much Water Do You Eat?
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Illustration, Social Issues7 years ago

How Much Water Do You Eat?

As the record-setting California drought continues, everyone is encouraged to reduce the water footprint. Numerous experts tell us to think twice before taking a hot relaxing bath, to install low-flow shower heads, to purchase water-efficient toilets, and so on. It’s all very nice but hardly anyone knows that “the food we eat makes up more than 2/3 of our total water footprint”, as the GRACE Communications Foundation has reported. So, if we really want to make the change, we have to change our eating habits. You may ask how to do that and the answer is more than simple – eat more plant-based food.

The Guardian says that “meat production requires much higher amount of water than vegetables. IME state that to produce 1kg of meat requires between 5,000 and 20,000 liters of water whereas to produce 1kg of wheat requires between 500 and 4,000 liters of water.” Ecology explains that the difference is so radical because “you have to account for the water the animals drink and also the water that goes into growing their feed.” Even California’s Governor Jerry Brown claimed that “we should be eating veggie burger” in an interview with the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday night.

As Ecology says, “you might be thinking, but the beef at the supermarket have already been grown. That water is already used, so we might as well eat it. However, if we buy and eat water intensive foods now, the food industry will continue to grow or even increase growing them in the future.” That’s why the best time to change our eating habits is today.

If you are still not sure whether it’s worth it to cook beans instead of beef tonight, scroll down and check out some statistics.

Info: The Guardian, IME, Ecology, GRACE Communication Foundation, Los Angeles Times

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MichelleGoldsmith
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7 years ago

BBQ Ribs, Baked potatoes, followed by ice cream with chocolate sauce!

DesireeFlow
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7 years ago

yeaaah ... the perfect concept to get unhealthy body size! <3

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ConnieMay
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7 years ago

Im a farmer of waterfowl and poultry. And I eat less meat because I see, first hand, how much goes in to a livestock animal. Everything from massive amounts of water, to massive amounts of grains to supporting low wage slaughterhouse employees and the shipping costs and packaging cists and transportation costs all along the way...... ugh. Its awful. And yes, Nestle and other major corporate monsters ARE hugely important to stop. But agriculture is no longer truly sustainable anymore. And no- we cant become vegetarians and solve the problem. Im not sure there is a solution anymore.

ShadaM.
Community Member
7 years ago

Why do you think we cannot solve the problem by becoming vegetarians? It would immediately put a drastic halt to much of the water consumption. The United Nations believes that veganism can save the world from many of the problems we face and is going on a huge campaign to promote the lifestyle. http://www.unep.org/resourcepanel/Portals/24102/PDFs/PriorityProductsAndMaterials_Report.pdf

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MaciekRavs
Community Member
7 years ago

Animal agriculture creates soil,water and air pollution.. It's takes a lot of land and water.. All the food which is used to feed animals for meat, so people can eat meat, could feed about 4 x More People if eaten directly by people..

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MichelleGoldsmith
Community Member
7 years ago

BBQ Ribs, Baked potatoes, followed by ice cream with chocolate sauce!

DesireeFlow
Community Member
7 years ago

yeaaah ... the perfect concept to get unhealthy body size! <3

Load More Replies...
ConnieMay
Community Member
7 years ago

Im a farmer of waterfowl and poultry. And I eat less meat because I see, first hand, how much goes in to a livestock animal. Everything from massive amounts of water, to massive amounts of grains to supporting low wage slaughterhouse employees and the shipping costs and packaging cists and transportation costs all along the way...... ugh. Its awful. And yes, Nestle and other major corporate monsters ARE hugely important to stop. But agriculture is no longer truly sustainable anymore. And no- we cant become vegetarians and solve the problem. Im not sure there is a solution anymore.

ShadaM.
Community Member
7 years ago

Why do you think we cannot solve the problem by becoming vegetarians? It would immediately put a drastic halt to much of the water consumption. The United Nations believes that veganism can save the world from many of the problems we face and is going on a huge campaign to promote the lifestyle. http://www.unep.org/resourcepanel/Portals/24102/PDFs/PriorityProductsAndMaterials_Report.pdf

Load More Replies...
MaciekRavs
Community Member
7 years ago

Animal agriculture creates soil,water and air pollution.. It's takes a lot of land and water.. All the food which is used to feed animals for meat, so people can eat meat, could feed about 4 x More People if eaten directly by people..

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