Touch the Soil News #112 –– includes 1 video and 1 info graphic
The following Info Graphic #1 illustrates the number of gallons of water needed to produce 1 lb. of 13 popular foods. You’ll find the answers here to the water IQ questions posed in Part I of this series.
This info graphic explains simply why there is growing awareness and activism to turn the corner from eating more beef to eating less beef. It also explains growing interest in animal protein that consumes less water and much less feed – i.e. cricket protein or tilapia protein.
The human race is placing more focus on water desalination – taking ocean water and making it drinkable. There have been noticeable advancements made. However, in relation to the total need, it is miniscule. There are presently 16,000 desalination plants in the world producing 18.5 billion gallons a day. It takes 800 gallons of water per day to produce the food necessary for one person. The 18.5 billion gallons from desalination plants would only provide enough agricultural water for 23 million people (.0032 of the need) out of a global population of 7.3 billion. In 10 years, estimates are that 1.8 billion people will be living with absolute water scarcity and 66 percent of the population will experience water stress conditions.
The water issue will require evolution – more desalination plants, changes in diet, water efficiency, water recycling and keeping pollution out of our fresh water resources. However, there is a risk that water shortages may be the common enemy that brings humanity to new levels of cooperation.
It probably does not take a Ph.D. in economics to calculate that the present economic configuration – of everyone out of necessity having to compete for dollars first – may well not meet the challenges ahead. While it is totally preposterous, organizing around the sanctity of water, life and planetary balance may begin crowding out a system of finance that demands obedience to scarcity, exclusions, and policies akin to the slow boat to China.
Uploaded here is a short video that came out of the efforts of World Water Day 2015.