Agriculture has a large water footprint, and some foods take a lot more water to produce than others. How do your favorite foods and drinks stack up?
Much of the water involved in getting food on our plates is indirect – we never see it. Watering fields, producing feed for animals, and even transportation all factor into a food’s water footprint, though, and our food choices can make a big impact on our total, true water consumption. The folks at Lock Ness Water Gardens compiled some interesting data on common foods and drinks and how much water it takes to produce them.
My favorite suggested substitution? If you drink a daily glass of milk, replace it with a beer for a savings of 15,582 gallons of water per year. Fill ‘er up, kids!
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