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Agriculture and Sustainability,  Waste

How much water is needed to produce your food?

How many litres of water does it take to produce 1kg of common food items?

  • Chocolate – 24,000
  • Beef – 15,500
  • Cheese – 5,000
  • Pork – 4,800
  • Olives – 4,400
  • Chicken – 3,900
  • Rice – 3,400
  • Nuts – 3,100
  • Dates – 3,000
  • Sugar – 1,600
  • Wheat – bread 1,300
  • Corn – 900
  • Bananas – 860
  • Apples – 700
  • Cabbage – 200
  • Lettuce -130

Luckily for me, I don’t eat meat, cheese or sugar so I don’t have to feel bad about that. Unluckily for me, I’m somewhat addicted to chocolate and olives which isn’t that great.

Now, I should note that these numbers are based on 1L/1kg. I would be surprised if you could remember the last time you bought a kilo of chocolate or olives but I assume the same can’t be said for beef or pork. The main takeaway from this is that in general plant based foods do use less water, particularly straight fruit or vegetables. So do what your mum tells you and eat more fruit & veg!!!

Source: Hoekstra, 2008

 

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