Thursday, March 22 is World Water Day!

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My own work on this issue focuses on the dangers posed by gold mining in Central America, a region where safe drinking water is already scarce.

There are 7 billion people to feed on the planet today and another 2 billion are expected to join by 2050. Statistics say that each of us drinks from 2 to 4 litres of water every day, however most of the water we ‘drink’ is embedded in the food we eat: producing 1 kilo of beef for example consumes 15,000 litres of water while 1 kilo of wheat ’drinks up’ 1,500 litres.

When a billion people in the world already live in chronic hunger and water resources are under pressure we cannot pretend the problem is ‘elsewhere’. Coping with population growth and ensuring access to nutritious food to everyone call for a series of actions we can all help with:

•follow a healthier, sustainable diet;

•consume less water-intensive products;

•reduce the scandalous food wastage: 30% of the food produced worldwide is never eaten and the water used to produce it is definitively lost!

•produce more food, of better quality, with

less water.

At all steps of the supply chain, from producers to consumers, actions can be taken to save water and ensure food for all.

And you? Do you know how much water you actually consume every day? How can you change your diet and reduce your water footprint? Join the World Water Day 2012 campaign “Water and Food Security” and find out more!

lladutke's picture
Apr. 11, 2011 11:05 am


offers local communities in Africa or other 3rd world regions the tools to drill for water at a10th of the price. They also establish testing and treating methods. A documentary was made about the water retrieving chore the people now have that kills 1 in 5 children by contaminated water. Kids are more vulnerable from the diarrhea that comes from the bacteria they ingest. .this is normal the film.

douglaslee's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

Far more valuable than oil or even gold, our finite water supply needs to be the ULTIMATE COMMONS beyond the reach of Corporate or anyone.

Apr. 26, 2012 12:15 pm


If you have not seen this movie please find it on Utube>> BLUE GOLD, WATER WARS

MrsBJLee's picture
Feb. 17, 2012 9:45 am

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