9 surprising foods that exacerbate water scarcity and what to eat instead

Sept 2019—There’s been a lot of coverage about how our dietary choices affect the climate. What is less well know is the effect on water availability. This article lists nine foods that use an exorbitant amount of water. A few are not surprisingly from livestock (eg, beef and poultry) but the shocker is some of the others. Here are a few factoids that caught my eye.

Almonds—”It takes a whopping 3.2 gallons of water to grow a single almond and, with more than 1.3 million acres of almond orchards in California, it is the most extensively irrigated crop in the state.” So choose other nuts, soy milk, etc.

Milk—”More than 52 gallons of water are used to produce a single 8-ounce glass of milk.” Choose plant-based alternatives but perhaps not from almonds.

Coffee—”It takes 35 gallons of water to grow enough coffee for a single cup of joe.” If you need a jolt in the morning, you might try yerba mate tea which has a similar compound. Or try some of the coffee alternatives like chickory. But switch slowly to avoid the caffeine-addiction headache. Here are nine alternatives.

Read about the other water-thirsty foods here.

Darcy HitchcockFood, Water scarcity