Sonya’s informative post on “15 Easy Ways to Conserve Water” last week was a prelude to this Thursday’s World’s Water Day. She gave us a glimpse of some alarming water usage facts.
According to UNWater.Org,
… with rapid urbanization and incomes increase, diets are shifting. Meat consumption in particular is expected to rise from 37 kg per person per year in 1999/2001 to 52 kg in 2050 (from 27 to 44 kg in developing countries), implying that much of the additional crop production will be used as feed for livestock production. For example, 80 percent of the additional 480 million tons of maize produced annually by 2050 would be for animal feeds, and soybean production would need to increase by a hefty 140 percent, to reach 515 million tons by 2050.
In other words, with 7 billion people on the planet right now and expected increase of 2 billion by the year 2050, not only the demand for food will increase, but water to grow the food will too.
Here is more in depth look at where water is being used and why we should care about conserving water.
Infographic by Seametrics, a manufacturer of water flow meters that measure and conserve water.
Are you making water conscious food choices? Have you changed your food habits, in consideration of water? How?
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