This is a guest post from our sister site, Blue Living Ideas, a site dedicated to exploring water and water-related issues.
Our food choices have a huge indirect impact on our water consumption, but is there anything we can do about it?
It turns out that animal products are far more water-intensive to produce than plant-based food. This makes a lot of sense, if you think about it! Rather than watering crops to feed to people, producing meat requires that you water crops to feed to animals who also need water. In fact, 68% of the grains we produce don’t feed people directly.
There is a looming worldwide water crisis, and we need to start finding ways to use less water now. Sure, that means using efficient fixtures, reclaiming greywater, and ditching water-intensive lawns, but that might not be enough. 85% of our world’s water consumption is related to agriculture, so finding ways to reduce the water we use to produce our food is critical to our water future. Changing our diets can make a huge impact on our water footprints.
I know that not everyone is ready to make the leap to a vegan diet, but that doesn’t mean that omnivores can’t reduce your water footprints. Imagine the impact it would have if everyone ate just one or two more meatless meals each week! If you want to try eating vegan, even once a week, we have some resources in our Eating Vegan series to help get you started. Here are a few:
What are you guys doing to help reduce your water footprints? We don’t talk about water as much in this space, and I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by Lars P.