This New Yorker article is damn relevant to our decisions about water usage, in the garden or anywhere. Items:
- Nearly half the people in the world don’t have the kind of clean water and sanitation services that were available 2,000 years ago to the citizens of ancient Rome.
- Simply providing access to clean water could save 2 million lives each year.
- It takes 15 times more water to grow cows as it does to grow grain; 1,300 gallons to produce a single hamburger, double that for a steak.
- A typical cup of coffee requires 140 litres of water to produce, mainly in growing the coffee plant.
And because we love controversy here at GardenRant, this last thought-provoker: "Although genetically modified crops remain controversial, researchers have produced several strains of rice that require only a fraction of the water most rice farmers use today."