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Want a slice of pizza? You’ll first need 42 gallons of water

January 31, 2014

By : sfgate – excerpt

California is in its worst drought in decades, or according to some, in 500 years. As Gov. Jerry Brown stated in his State of the State speech, Californians need to frugally use water to overcome the drought.

In an average year, nearly 80 percent of all consumed water in California is used for agriculture and food production. So how much water do some of our favorite foods require to produce?

The GRACE Communications Foundation put together a report that calculates the “virtual water” — the amount of water used to produce the food — and its water footprint. Some of the food, mostly meat-based, needs exorbitant amounts of water to produce. The report also offers some recommendation to how you can lower your water footprint.

What are you doing to conserving more water through the drought? Are you willing to put down your steak knife to lower your water footprint?.. (more)


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  1. January 31, 2014 1:58 pm

    I’m doing my bit. I piss in the garden.
    1. Less flushing, saving 5 gallons per flush. It supplies phosphate to fertilize plants, too.
    2. I shower once a week. Maybe if I’m going out sure. Otherwise…I save water.
    One benefit of having been ‘retired’: Being unemployed produces less sweat,
    3. It uses way less fuel on commuting, thus unemployment produces way less C02. Ironic, isn’t it? Who else do you know that is doing so much for the good of others? 😉


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