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Water – It’s What’s For Dinner

May 24, 2016

Did you know that you eat water every day? Not only are you drinking your water (which you should be drinking 8 ounces of each day…), the very food you consume has hidden water. So there’s more to that burger than meets the eye.

You would be surprised by how much water it takes to grow and make our food. Every food has a water footprint different from each other because of how it’s made.

So what does that mean? Let’s take a look at how much water 1 pound of different foods requires.

According to National Geographic, it takes about 1799 gallons of water to produce ONE pound of beef. ONE POUND! All the ‘hidden water’ in that one pound of beef includes water it takes to grow the grain and food to feed the cow and then the additional water it takes for the process of getting said meat! So imagine how much water it takes when you’re buying ground beef at the store! Beef takes up the most water to produce compared to everything else!

Pork and chicken aren’t the water hogs like beef – they only require 576 and 468 gallons of water to produce one pound of, respectively.

Here’s a quick chart to show how much water some other common food requires to be produced.

1 pound of wheat = 132 gallons of water
1 pound of rice = 446 gallons of water
1 pound of potatoes = 119 gallons of water
1 pound of corn = 108 gallons of water
1 pound of chocolate = 3170 gallons of water

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, California produces a majority of the fruit, vegetable, tree nut and dairy products for the United States. With the ongoing drought in California, that could impact the rest of the country by limiting the supply of goods AND (worse yet) hike up prices.

Not only do we need to change how we use water around the house by installing high-efficiency fixtures, watering yards less, and planting drought-tolerant vegetation, but we should also be aware that there are times we need to sacrifice wants for the greater good, like adopting a “drought tolerant diet”. By reducing demand on foods that are high in water resource usage, we can combat the “unseen” draw on our most precious natural resource. In fact, there’s PLENTY of healthy, nutritious, and (most importantly) delicious options to go with – why not give one of these recipes a shot?

1. Sweet Summer Corn Soup
2. Veggie Burger
3. Alaskan Cod Taco


For more fun recipes, check out this awesome site: Drought Friendly Recipes