Today is International World Water Day, which is important to us at Rhyme et Reason because everyone does not have access to clean potable water and OUR (“first world”/”developed”/”Western”) eating habits are largely to blame.
Food for thought on your lunch break!
The United Nations says:
There are 7 billion people to feed on the planet today and another 2 billion are expected to join by 2050. Statistics say that each of us drinks from 2 to 4 litres of water every day, however most of the water we ‘drink’ is embedded in the food we eat: producing 1 kilo of beef for example consumes 15,000 litres of water while 1 kilo of wheat ’drinks up’ 1,500 litres.
- following a healthier, sustainable diet;
- consuming less water-intensive products;
- reducing the scandalous food wastage: 30% of the food produced worldwide is never eaten and the water used to produce it is definitively lost!
- producing more food, of better quality, with less water
Take a few minutes to watch this video to learn how global consumption patterns contribute to water and food scarcity:
Think before you eat/drink! Remember: it’s a luxury.
For more information visit this page: http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/index.html