So, I read another idiotic article about us using up our water.
Extensive drought has Californians thinking twice about running the tap while brushing their teeth or taking that 20-minute shower. But what some people don’t realize is that a huge portion of our water footprint is “hidden,” meaning it’s used for the things we eat or wear, and for the energy we use. Globally, agricultural production accounts for 92 percent of our water footprint. In the United States, meat consumption alone accounts for a whopping 30 percent of our water footprint.
So exactly how much water do the foods you eat require? Which food would win in a water use showdown? We’ve got the answers below, along with some helpful hints about reducing the water footprint of your diet.
All data come from Water Footprint Network’s website and reports on the global average water footprint of different foods. All winners are based on the gallons of water needed to produce a pound of each item or a gallon of each drink.
The article then goes on to compare how much water it takes to produce certain food items. Stuff like what’s listed below …..
Tofu vs. Lentils
Winner: Tofu at 302 gal./lb. It takes 704 gallons of water to produce one pound of lentils. Chickpeas require less than lentils at 501 gal./lb., and soybeans require less than the more processed tofu, at 257 gal./lb. All of these options are better than eating beef, sheep or pork.
Some will argue that the measurement of gallons per pound isn’t fair — we should consider water consumed per gram of protein. In this case, pulses (including beans, lentils, peas, etc.) win out at 5 gallons per gram of protein, followed by eggs at 7.7 gal./gram, milk at 8.2 gal./gram, and chicken at 9 gal./gram. The numbers only go up from there, with beef topping the scale, requiring 29.6 gallons of water per gram of protein. …..
So, clearly, by eating, we’re using up all the water!!! And, the proof is right there in the USGS graphic!!!
You see, no where in that graphic of the water cycle, do we see anything about crops or people eating food!!! So, clearly, when we grow crops and eat food, this causes an aberration in the water cycle! We’re using up all the water!!!!!!
These people are unfathomably stupid.