World Water Day. Saving water starts at the kitchen table. - Naturis Spa Rovigo, Riso, cereali, legumi, Farine funzionali

World Water Day. Saving water starts at the kitchen table.

On “World Water Day”, we choose to talk about the Water Footprint of the food that we consume every day. The water footprint is the volume of water needed to process a product at an industrial level, considering the water used in all production processes.

In the ranking of foodstuffs which processes require the highest amount of water, meat comes in the first place, as it takes 15.400 liters of water to produce 1 kilogram of it.

It takes 2.500 liters of water to produce one kilo of rice and 1.420 liters of water to produce one kilo of barley.

The water food print per calories of animal meat is twenty times higher than cereals.

World Water Day was therefore established to focus on consumption and waste of water and to try, as much as possible, to reduce them, starting with conscious choices both at our table and through our own production processes. 

So, what can we do?

Limit consumption of some foods that are recognized as having a ‘high water impact’, by adopting sustainable diets as the flexitarians do, or by following a ‘universal diet‘ (as proposed by researchers in the Lancet journal), which involves doubling consumption of vegetable products and halving consumption of red meat, or by adopting a vegan/vegetarian diet.

A sustainable diet rich in vegetables, fruit, pulses and whole grains saves up to 2.000 litres of water per meal compared to a meat-based approach

Everyone can do his part, the key to success, however, is awareness, starting by the food we buy. Reducing meat consumption and choosing more water-saving products, such as pulses, cereals and vegetables, could reduce the negative impact on the consumption of important water resources.

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