Water is the basic necessity for all living beings on the planet. Without water, it is difficult for humans, animals as well as the vegetation to survive. The world is observing the World Water Day on 22nd March. This year the theme is ‘Water and Food Security’.
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 following a healthier, sustainable diet; consuming less water-intensive products; reducing the scandalous food wastage. 30% of the food produced worldwide is never eaten and the water used to produce it is definitively lost!
At all steps of the supply chain, from producers to consumers, actions can be taken to save water and ensure food for all.