water in your food

The Water Footprint of Beef: Industrial vs. Pasture-Raised

November 29, 2018

Beef has a large water footprint and the system in which cattle are produced can make a substantial difference in the size of the footprint. While pasture-raised beef can be more sustainable, many assume that its water footprint is always smaller than that of industrially produced beef. This is not necessarily the case, although it can […]

Why All Farms Don’t Use Drip Irrigation

November 21, 2018

For various reasons, many farmers cannot rely entirely on rainfall and must turn to irrigation to water their crops. While drip irrigation might seem like the logical choice because of its efficiency, the reasons why farmers use one system over another are varied and sometimes complex. The type of system can impact crop yields as […]

Water Friendly Food Choices

October 26, 2018

The largest portion of the average person’s water footprint comes from their diet. In order to lower water footprints, there’s no better place for a person to start than taking a closer look at their food choices. Water Footprints and Diet In the US, agriculture is responsible for between 80 and 90 percent of the […]

The 900 Gallon Diet: Meat, Portion Size and Water Footprints

September 21, 2018

Americans are expected to eat a lot of meat in 2018, and, while many might think, “Well, I don’t eat that much,” they might be surprised by just how much meat (and dairy) they actually consume every day. This is an important consideration in water footprints because it takes a lot of water to make […]

Food’s Big Water Footprint

July 1, 2017

You might be surprised by how much water it takes to grow and make our food. In the US, agriculture is responsible for 80 percent of all water consumed (water that is evaporated or otherwise removed from the watershed). The Big Water Footprint of Food and Agriculture California’s recent multi-year extreme drought was hard on […]