Our most important resource – Water

Access to water is a problem in many parts of the world, and despite many initiatives to solve this problem, we see no direct solution in the near future. Therefore, we as consumers need to look over our water use and think about how we use this precious resource.

Water scarcity is directly linked the food we eat, as agriculture is a sector which  requires a lot of water. Animal foods generally require more water than plant-based, but many plant-based alternatives require huge amounts too. One example is almonds and almond milk, which is currently marketed as a climate-smart and nutritious beverage, but in fact, requires large amounts of water. Coffee is also a beverage which requires lots of water in production. We rarely think about it. According to a list from WWF, the World Wildlife Fund and SIDA, following foods require x amount of water in its production:

A kilo of beef: 16,000 liters

A kilo of cheese: 5000 liters

One kilogram of chicken meat: 3,900 gallons

A kilo of rice, 2700 liters

A hamburger 2400 liters

A kilo of wheat 1200 liters

A liter of milk: 900 liters

A kilo of maize: 900 liters

A cup of coffee: 140 liters

A glass of wine, 120 liters

In comparison, a bath holds about 150-200 liters of water. It’s kind of hard to take in how much water is used for your daily morning coffee, right? Insects require no water in production, they eat vegetables and ingest the water they need through the vegetables. We have said it before and say it again: insects are a true superfood.

 

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