When it comes to the heat of summer, the use and availability of water can be of concern. If you have a lawn, you’re watering it, and if you’re a farmer, you’re well aware how little will grow without it. In our area as in many this mid summer, there has been no shortage of it. When it comes to what we eat water plays a big role there as well. Even though we likely never consider it.
When it comes to water conservation, we rarely think of how our food choices impact water use. For every gallon of cow’s milk we drink it takes 1000 gallons of water to produce it. For every pound of hamburger meat or boneless steak we consume it takes nearly 1900 gallons of water. For chicken fans, it takes 520 gallons of water to produce a single pound of boneless chicken.
On the other side of the food isle are vegetables and fruit with water requirements a bit lower. A pound of broccoli takes 34 gallons of water to produce; tomatoes take 26 gallons, potatoes take 34 gallons while citrus takes 67 gallons of water. Fruit and vegetables that are grown hydroponically take much less.
When you’re eating something you enjoy this weekend be aware of all the water it takes to produce it. Consider investigating online for the water it takes grow your favorite foods and become aware of your H two O footprint at each meal. No matter what you choose to consume may it be enjoyable and nourish you. Feel free to share this and Be well!