People who eat are exacerbating California’s drought problem

People who eat are exacerbating California’s drought problem
The melancholy water-guzzling avocado. (Image via NYT)

[Ed. – Sinners!  In the hands of an angry “environmentalist” Gestapo!]

The average American consumes more than 300 gallons of California water each week by eating food that was produced there.

California farmers produce more than a third of the nation’s vegetables and two-thirds of its fruits and nuts. To do that, they use nearly 80 percent of all the water consumed in the state. [Ed. – False. They use 40% of the total water captured, stored, and distributed by all water projects in the state.  50% of that total water amount is reserved for “environmental” releases, which means water literally released to run into the sea and not be put to human use.  Of the other 50%, most goes to agriculture.] It is the most stubborn part of the crisis: To fundamentally alter how much water the state uses, all Americans may have to give something up.

The portions of foods shown here are grown in California and represent what average Americans, including non-Californians, eat in a week. We made an estimate of the amount of water it takes to grow each portion to give you a sense of your contribution to the California drought.

The estimates include the amount of water used to make derivative products. For example, grape consumption includes not just fresh grapes, but also wine, jam and juice. …

Americans consume the most water by eating meat and dairy products, primarily because a lot of water is needed to grow the crops to feed the animals.

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