Blog Transitioning to AgroEcology
Many people are aware of climate change, hunger in developing countries, obesity in developed countries, food scandals, Transatlantic Trade negotiations, gentech on maize and soy, but we hear or read about them as separate events and different topics. Hardly anyone can make the link between, for example, obesity, and the way the food is being produced; or between the lack of water in developing countries (for them to grow their food) and the ‘water footprint’ of the US and Europe, which we create by importing water from such developing countries, in the form of imported vegetables, fruits, flowers, cattle feed( soy/maize), oil ( from palm-oil plantations).
In my book, I explain about such relations. please have a look at the Water foot print of Great Britian, below, just as an example. The Water Footprint was developed by Arjan Hoekstra of Twente University, Netherlands, downlaod the pdf here: .Water FootPrint
While average household water use in the UK is around 150 litres per person per day, UK consumption
of products from other countries means that each English citizen effectively soaks up a staggering 4,645 litres of the world’s water every day. Even if this massive amount seems important in itself, the critical issue is where
this virtual water comes from. In the case of the UK, about 62% of the total national water footprint is accounted for by water from other nations, whereas only 38% is used from domestic water resources. In other words, UK
consumption of food and clothing has an impact on rivers and aquifers both globally and domestically and is inextricably linked to the continuing security and good management of water resources in other parts of the world.