How Thirsty is Our Food?
We're all by now familiar with the term 'carbon footprint', but what about our water footprint? While most people have their upcoming bill in mind when taking a long shower or watering the lawn, does anyone really think about H20 when grocery shopping?
As the infographic below shows, depending on your diet, the food we buy can have a huge water footprint. If you buy 1kg of beef for a barbecue at the weekend, there has been an average of 15,415 liters of water used in its production!
Breaking up meat's monopoly as the most thirsty food type is nuts, with 9,063 liters of water needed to produce the average kilo. Further down the scale are fruits and vegetables, requiring 962 and 322 liters per kilogram respectively. In terms of the most water-efficient way to consume calories, the best option from this list is cereals -one kilocalorie demanding 0.51 liters.
- Water use of food and drink sub-sectors in the United Kingdom (UK) 2013Water use of food and drink sub-sectors in the United Kingdom (UK) 2013
- China's water use 2003-2013China's water use 2003-2013
- Water in China: water use per GDP 2003-2013Water in China: water use per GDP 2003-2013
- Monthly inflation rate in China April 2017Monthly inflation rate in China April 2017
- U.S. unemployment rate: April 2017, seasonally adjustedU.S. unemployment rate: April 2017, seasonally adjusted
- U.S. disposable personal income - monthly percentage of change 2016/17U.S. disposable personal income - monthly percentage of change 2016/17
- Projected Consumer Price Index in the United States 2010-2022Projected Consumer Price Index in the United States 2010-2022
- Global animal health market 2002-2016Global animal health market 2002-2016
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