Your food has a drinking problem

Friday, February 3, 2012 at 12:13

How can you preserve water? And why should you? Can you help the one billion that are without access to clean water by taking fewer showers or drinking less water? While changing the world certainly begins at home,  there might be ways which actually might be more effective in helping those less blessed or cursed (depending on your point of view!) with moisture, than the rain soaked Western European countries.

The statistics speak for themselves:

  • Each of us drinks 2-4 litres of water every day.
  • Producing 1 kilo of beef consumes 15,000 litres of water. Yes this is not a typo: one kilo = fifteen thousand litres of water or about 7,500 pints for those who are used to think in terms of beer drinking!
  • 1 kilo of wheat, on the other hand "drinks up", 1,500 litres.

These are some of the interesting facts that UN Water has collected in its campaign in the run up to 22 March, World Water Day 2012. The focus of the campaign is best explained with the slogan: "The world is thirsty, because we are hungry".

"When a billion people in the world already live in chronic hunger and water resources are under pressure we cannot pretend the problem is 'elsewhere'," states UN Water.

To cope with population growth and to ensure access to nutritious food for everyone, UN Water urges all of us to take a series of actions, such as:

  • Consume less water-intensive products;
  • Reduce scandalous food waste: 30% of the food produced worldwide is never eaten and the water used to produce it is definitively lost!
  • Produce more food, of better quality, with less water.

In other words, the problem is more about what is on your plate than in your glass.

Think about it next time you decide what will be on your plate.

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