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5 Ways to Increase Water and Food Security (Slideshow)

5 Ways to Increase Water and Food Security (Slideshow)
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Today, March 22, is United Nations World Water Day. Each of us drinks 1/2 to 1 gallons (2 to 4 liters) of water a day. As the UN points out, we get most of that water from the food we eat: It takes 3,900 gallons (15,000 liters) to produce 2.2 pounds (1 kilogram) of beef and about 400 gallons (1,500) liters for the same amount of wheat.

With 7 billion people living on earth today and another 2 billion expected by 2050, water and food resources are, and will be, under pressure. Moreover, global warming has led to environmental changes all over the world with effects on wildlife, rising temperatures, more frequent wildfires and more, notes Oxford University Press’s blog. All of these changes affect and could even endanger food production.

In view of all this, United Nations World Water Day seeks to raise awareness about the importance of freshwater and the need for sustainable management of freshwater resources. This year’s World Water day focuses on water and food security. According to the UN, it takes an average of 792 gallons (3,000 liters) to produce the food needed for just one person a day. Currently 12 percent of the world’s land is used for agriculture and 70 percent of the water from aquifers, streams and lakes for the cultivation of of farmland.

Here are some of the UN‘s proposals to increase water, food and nutrition security.

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11:26PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

wow

1:52PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

Good info

2:55AM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

We are on tank water & save so much water v. easily..the loo is flushed with laundry handwashing water - only when one person poos ....the kitchen rinse water goes on the herbs...we shower with buckets to catch the preheated water - that goes on the veges too as it is soap free....
It is a shame the saving is NOT reflected in the price as councils and water authorities WORLD WIDE exploit us and give no incentive to SAVE relatively small amounts ...

2:03AM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

Thanks

4:40PM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

all of these bad storms that are wiping out these cities yes we need bothto crare for this nation

1:11PM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

Learn to appreciate the wonder of water, if you are privileged enough to have it on tap!

11:25AM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

Thank you for a great informational article Kristina.
Without water the Human Race will not survive!!

7:52AM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

thanks, wonderful post.

7:01AM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

thnx for tihs

4:12AM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

The UN's calculations and proposals are so out of touch with reality that I wonder why we still support that non-entity!

LESS PEOPLE...LESS PEOPLE...LESS PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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