“Irrigation has been used for thousands of years to increase agricultural production and provide protection against drought. Agriculture provides us with many goods, but it also takes away from us. Agriculture is the single largest food provider and also the largest user of global water resources.”
Scroll down to learn how much water is needed to produce food and feed animals as well as how much of that is wasted and what are the challenges in the future of agriculture and farming.
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Eating local saves water, but might not be possible 100% of the time for everyone in the U.S., with seasonal vegetables and the need to import things like bananas and coffee. However, almost everyone can reduce their water footprint by drinking local. Here are some tips on how to reduce your bottled water footprint:
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Healthy soils are critical for global food production, but we are not paying enough attention to this important “silent ally,” FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said on the eve of World Soil Day, to be celebrated on 5 December.
Healthy soils not only are the foundation for food, fuel, fibre and medical products, but also are essential to our ecosystems, playing a key role in the carbon cycle, storing and filtering water, and improving resilience to floods and droughts, he noted.
The UN has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils. Help raise awareness and promote more sustainable use of this critical resource. Related links: http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/en/
Award-winning author Tristram Stuart argues that food waste is a global scandal.
I stumbled upon this video and is never enough when we publish something about food waste. Here are some facts and numbers in a visual easy-to-read infographic way that show what is costing to the environment, here is a video with some story about food waste, a video showing “stellar examples of ugly fruit and veggies” from FB and yet another video as example of how food that has been trashed out can be perfectly edible and even help others who can’t afford to eat nice food from the supermarkets or in a nice restaurant without having to go to the junk cheap food place. Well, there is even a Food Waste Day with some tips you can do to avoid wastage. We have even posted about how to use up some leftovers.
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As most of us would probably agree, a good shower helps us get ready to start the day or wind down after a long day. Sure, you could shorten your shower by one minute and save 550 gallons of water a year. But some are not ready to give up any of their shower time. The good news is that consumers can switch their older model showerheads to a new WaterSense labeled showerhead that is certified to save at least 20% or more water and provide a satisfying spray. This amounts to saving 2,900 gallons of water a year! And switching to a WaterSense labeled showerhead not only saves water but also saves energy and money on your utility bills. Join Flo and her cat, Puddles, in making the switch to savings with WaterSense.
EPA’s WaterSense program is dedicated to helping Americans be water-efficient in their homes, both indoors and outdoors.
For more tips on how you can save water when you are in the shower and out, visit http://www.epa.gov/watersense
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