Water Waste to Food Scarcity

Majid Ali, M.D.

 

Africa learned some decades ago what is the price of disrespecting water. We Americans should have learned it years ago but we did not.


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WATER GUZZLERS

  • THE AVERAGE AMERICAN EATS A SLIVER OF CALIFORNIA AVOCADO EACH WEEK.
    It takes 4.1 gallons of water to produce.

    • 6.2 gallons
  • A THIRD OF A HEAD OF LETTUCE
    4.1 gallons
  • TWO PEACH SLICES
    3.3 gallons
  • ⅓ OUNCE OF TURKEY
    4.1 gallons
  • TWO SLICES OF BREAD
     

  • 6.4 gallons
  • THREE MANDARINS
    42.5 gallons

  • 1.1 gallons
  • A BOWL OF PROCESSED TOMATOES
    9.1 gallons
  • A THIRD OF AN EGG
    6 gallons
  • FOUR BROCCOLI FLORETS
    2.2 gallons
  • AN ORANGE SLICE

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Four glasses of milk require 221 gallons of water to produce.

Americans consume the most water by eating meat and dairy products, primarily because a lot of water is needed to grow the crops to feed the animals. Not all of this water comes from California; about half is imported in the form of crops, like corn, from the Midwest.


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1.75 ounces of beef require 86 gallons of water to produce.


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LEAST WATER CONSUMPTION

    • THE AVERAGE AMERICAN EATS A TIP OF CALIFORNIA ASPARAGUS EACH WEEK.
      It takes 0.22 gallons of water to produce.
    • AN APPLE SLICE
      0.39 gallons
    • FOUR PEPPERS
      0.66 gallons
    • A CABBAGE LEAF
      0.39 gallons
    • A CAULIFLOWER FLORET
      0.49 gallons
    • SEVEN DRIED BEANS
      0.91 gallons
    • A TINY GRAPEFRUIT WEDGE
      0.34 gallons
    • AN ONION SLICE
      0.75 gallons
    • A TINY PEAR WEDGE
      0.51 gallons
  • A POTATO SLICE
    0.62 gallons
  • A HALF RASPBERRY
    0.08 gallons
  • A SWEET POTATO SLICE
    0.44 gallons
  • A TOMATO SLICE
    0.54 gallons
  • ONE BLUEBERRY
    0.04 gallons

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