Your water footprint and the food you eat

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Shrinking your water “footprint”… on this CurrentCast.

Fresh water comprises just 2.5% of the world’s supply, so conservation is critical. But to be truly water-wise, we need to look less at our plumbing, and more at our plates.

Water and waves

Hoekstra: “Ninety-two percent of the water footprint of humanity relates to water usage in agriculture.”

That’s Arjen Hoekstra, Chair of the Department of Water Management at the University of Twente in the Netherlands.

He illuminates a fact invisible to most: making our meat, dairy, fruits, veggies, and clothes demands much more water than flushing and brushing.

For example: it takes over a thousand gallons of water to produce a single gallon of coffee, and over eighteen hundred for a pound of beef.

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Fast Facts about The Great Lakes & Georgian Bay

  • Georgian Bay is a bay of Lake Huron, one of the five Great Lakes
  • Only 1 % of the water in the Great Lakes is renewable.
  • The 1% comes from direct rain and snow on the Great Lakes; and from surrounding lands and waterways (including streams) from the 200,000 + square miles Great Lakes drainage basin. (Source: Fast Facts about the Great Lakes, Great Lakes Forever.
  • 5 other things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. Read more.