Think globally, eat locally
It is becoming increasingly important that we save water. It’s easy to think that in the US we don’t need to worry about water, but the global water crisis is very real. There are many ways in which you can help reduce the amount of water we as Americans use, and one of them is to be mindful of your diet.
Americans waste a lot of water on their diet
What you eat and where you buy your foods can have a large impact on water conservation. According to National Geographic, we spend approximately 1,000 gallons of water per person, per day to produce all the food that we eat. In fact, the average American uses more water to sustain their daily diet than the global average water consumption for diet, household use, transportation, energy, and material goods combined! That is a scary statistic, and we should all take note and do something about it.
Minimize meat and dairy intake
Meat and dairy are the biggest consumers of water. If you want to reduce the amount of water that is used to produce your food, try to minimize your cheeseburger and chicken wing intake, as these are the types of foods that need the most water to produce. And you should definitely stop buying your burgers from fast food joints that will waste incredible amounts of precious water to make you a sub-par meal.
Buy locally produced meats and veggies
This doesn’t mean you have to turn your next BBQ into a vegan extravaganza (although that wouldn't hurt). You can still have some juicy steaks on the grill, as long as you buy locally produced, grass-fed meats. By doing this you are taking a big step towards reducing the amount of water it takes to produce and transport that steak. Sure, you may live right down the street from the grocery store, but the steak you buy there may have been transported across the country before you picked it out. Buying from local farmers reduces the water needed to make the gasoline that fuel trucks for transport, and more.
Grass-fed beef saves water
Buying grass-fed meats will reduce the water needed to feed the animals. It takes a lot of water to grow corn and grain to fatten up cattle quickly. If you buy local grass-fed beef, you will be conserving a lot of water.
Only 1% of fresh water is available
It may seem like there is plenty of water to go around. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Only 3% of the earth's water is fresh, and only 1% of the fresh water is accessible for human consumption. The rest is frozen in glaciers (although, maybe not for long). What you eat can make a big difference.
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