Water Footprint – How much water do we eat? We all know (or at least we hope so) that water is running low on Earth, and this is happening at an alarmingly fast rate. Given climate change, pollution and the way man treats Mother Nature, we could be facing a real drinkable water crisis in the near future if we don’t act now.
Lithuanian artist Eglė Plytnikaitė decided to ‘clear the waters’ on this subject by creating awesome illustrations which show how much water do we eat. According to our diets, the food we eat requires different amounts of water to grow and based on this, you will know how you can change the world we live in for the best.
“The food we eat makes up more than 2/3 of our total water footprint”, says Eglė Plytnikaitė quoting the GRACE Communications Foundation report. Basically, we should try to eat more food that requires less water. Plants are the way to go because this way, mankind leaves a much smaller water footprint than if we were all based on meat consumption.
“Meat production requires much higher amount of water than vegetables. IME state that to produce 1kg of meat requires between 5,000 and 20,000 liters of water whereas to produce 1kg of wheat requires between 500 and 4,000 liters of water.”, according to The Guardian.
“You have to account for the water the animals drink and also the water that goes into growing their feed.” says Ecology.
“We should be eating veggie burger,” says California’s Governor Jerry Brown.
“You might be thinking, but the beef at the supermarket have already been grown. That water is already used, so we might as well eat it. However, if we buy and eat water intensive foods now, the food industry will continue to grow or even increase growing them in the future.” according to Ecology.
Although you can easily find 10 reasons why everybody should hate vegans and vegetarians, we have to give it to them on this one. Vegans & Vegetarians 1 – 0 Meat Eaters.