Freshwater is literally the lifeblood of agriculture. Learn more about how agriculture uses and impacts water, the large water footprint of food and ways to protect water by understanding the impacts of our food choices and water-smart agriculture practices.
Water Footprint of Food
  • What we eat - our diet - makes up about 50 percent of our total water footprint, which includes the large volume of "virtual water" needed to produce food.
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  • Water is important to agriculture and agriculture can significantly impact water. Industrial agriculture has an especially negative impact.
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A More Energy Efficient Food System
  • Alternatives to oil-based fuels look increasingly attractive. However, corn-based ethanol is not the answer.
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