Monday, August 27, 2012

Water conservation

With this year's drought causing the midwest farmers so much pain, here are some interesting facts about the amount of water needed to make the food we eat.  Source: magazine and the Water Footprint Network (I guess that's like your carbon footprint).

  • Growing a gallon of coffee requires 880 gallons of water.  Growing a gallon of tea: just 128 gallons.
  • Growing and producing a gallon of wine requires 1,088 gallons of water; beer: 689.
  • It takes 713 gallons of water to produce a single cotton tshirt.
  • Half a pound of leather for shoes requires 1,096 gallons of water.
  • Paper for a magazine takes about 76 gallons of water.
  • A pound of beef requires 1,799 gallons of water to produce.  So a 1/3 pound burger costs 660 gallons of water.
  • A pound of chicken takes 468 gallons of water to produce, and each egg takes 53 gallons.
  • A pound of goat meat takes only 127 gallons of water to produce.
  • A pound of cheese requires 600 gallons of water; a pound of soybeans takes 216 gallons.
  • One pound of Chocolate needs 3,170 gallons of water to make.
  • Apples and oranges take less than 20 gallons of water each.

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