At first glance, you think "none", until you realize that WATER was used to grow each and every ounce of discarded edibles you see. A LOT of water.
It's one thing to think of your water footprint as how many gallons flow through your faucets. This is something right in front of you, measurable, by the bowls, cups, tubs (and, of course, your wallet when the water bill comes!)
But it's another to try to visualize "gallon jugs" attached to the growing of the pork chop on your plate, the cucumber in your salad, the egg you eat for breakfast.
And because we don't SEE that water that the chickens-cows-goats drink, much like our trash after picked up by the garbage men, that water is out there somewhere. Out of sight, out of mind. Until now.
Forgive me if I am slow, but looking at all this wasted, perfectly edible food in the dumpster photo at the top of this post, I am not only now seeing dish after dish after dishes of meals that will never happen, I now am seeing the gallon and gallons of water THAT WE DON'T HAVE , in ghost-like jugs, super imposed in my minds eye in that same dumpster.
And then there is my lown food waste.
It all of sudden doesn't seem matter anymore where my food scraps end up-landfill or city compost-either way, I am throwing away gallons and gallons of perfectly good WATER along withe the food and I am now rethinking not only how to reduce my at-the-tap water footprint, but the embedded water footprint in what I eat.
I need to rethink my food, in order to save my water. How much water do you think you "eat"?
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