Greek Yogurt Takes HOW Much Water?! (Plus More Green News From the Week)

Dairy products require a whole lot of water—and many of them come from drought-ridden California.

California is experiencing one of its driest years in the past half millennium. It also happens to also be the country’s leading dairy supplier. With profits surpassing $7 billion in 2012, the California dairy industry is far and away the most valuable sector of the state’s enormous agricultural bounty. Unfortunately, as the chart above shows, dairy products use a whole lot of water.

Why is our dairy so thirsty? According to a 2012 study in the journal Ecosystems by Mesfin Mekonnen and Arjen Hoekstra, 98 percent of milk’s water footprint comes from cows’ food. Read the latest Green Divas myEARTH360 report for more…

Listen to this week’s Green Divas myEARTH360 podcast to hear more about this and some of the other highlights from this week’s earth news…

In Other Earth News this week…

Our Homogenous Global Food Supply Will Make the World Fat & Sick

fat man

In the not-so-distant future, expect to see a spike in diseases like diabetes and a food supply that is increasingly vulnerable to climate change due to the world’s growing reliance on a narrow range of foods.

According to a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, people’s diets around the globe have become too similar over the last 50 years, to the point where 90 percent of people get their calories, protein and fat from the same 50 crops.

Experts say this is due mainly to modernized agriculture, urbanization and the rise of supermarkets and processed foods.

More people every day, the study found, are consuming a “Westernized” diet of animal meat, dairy, sugary drinks and oils. Meanwhile, local grains and vegetable crops, from sorghum and rye to yams and sweet potatoes, have decreased. Read the latest Green Divas myEARTH360 report for more…

In the What the Frack? Category…

Testimony Reveals Record 36 percent of North Dakota Fracked Gas Was Flared in December

The recent March 6 House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power hearing titled “Benefits of and Challenges to Energy Access in the 21st Century: Fuel Supply and Infrastructure“ never had over 100 online viewers watching the livestream at any point in time. And it unfolded in an essentially empty room.

But the poor attendance record had no relation to the gravity of the facts presented by testifiers. Among other things, one presenter revealed 36 percent of the gas by-product from oil obtained via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale basin was flared off as waste during a brutally cold midwest winter with no end in sight.

These damning facts were brought forward by Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (Ceres) Oil & Gas and Insurance Programs Director Andrew Logan, one of eight people called to testify around topics ranging from domestic propane markets to fossil fuels-by-rail markets, to pipeline markets and flaring. Read the latest Green Divas myEARTH360 report for more…

But there were some encouraging words this week too…

Sec. of State Kerry Urges Climate Action

“Protecting our environment and meeting the challenge of global climate change is a critical mission for me as our country’s top diplomat.”
~ John Kerry

Democrat senators stage all-night session of climate change speeches—#Up4Climate

The U.S. senators who participated in the all-night session on climate change didn’t get much sleep, but they may have made progress for a country that is seemingly still divided on the issue.

The event, which began Monday around 6:30 p.m., lasted 14 hours and 26 minutes, according to the Sierra Club. It featured about 30 senators who spoke at varying lengths about how the nation should address the issue.

None of the senators proposed legislation, but they were pleased to divert attention away from climate deniers. Groups that have long advocated for the recognition of climate change were pleased, too, hoping that the event will lead to serious, legislative work on the matter. Read the latest Green Divas myEARTH360 report for more…

Snickers, Twix to be deforestation-free


Mars, Inc., the maker of M&M’s, Snickers, Twix, and a variety of other food products, has committed to a zero deforestation policy for the palm oil it sources, reports Greenpeace.

The policy pledges Mars to use only palm oil produced legally and without conversion of high conservation value areas, peatlands, or high carbon stock areas like tropical rainforests. It also establishes a “no burn” requirement and sets criteria for labor standards and human rights, including the need for free, prior informed consent from communities that may be affected by new oil palm plantation development. Read the latest Green Divas myEARTH360 report for more…

Lots more in the full GD myEARTH360 report, including some ways to get active on behalf of climate change!


Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Magdalena J.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thank you!

june t.
reft h4 years ago

well, as far as water consumption goes, maybe they are including the cleaning of the plastic containers the yogurt goes into, or how much water it takes to recycle the yogurt container.

Ashley heffner
Lady Suki4 years ago

90 gallons?

Ashley heffner
Lady Suki4 years ago


Oleg Kobetz
Oleg Kobets4 years ago

Thank you

Anna Ballinger
Anna Ballinger4 years ago


Sue L.
Sue L4 years ago

I'll admit that I didn't listen to the podcast but I need more hard facts from reliable sources to believe that it takes 90 gallons of water to produce 1 cup of Greek yogurt. Show me the proof.

Donna F.
Donna F4 years ago


Teresa W.
Teresa W4 years ago

Eating sand doesn't take water...