Threat of a water crisis?

Is a water crisis looming?

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Abundance of water means life, prosperity and wealth. But lack of water means death. Due to heat and drought, water will be scarce in many parts of the world in summer 2018

In the french vosges mountains, the food company nestle and the local population are fighting over water – in southern spain, tourists are fighting with farmers over the precious liquid. Large parts of central and south africa, india and all of southeast asia suffer from water shortages. The un estimates that about one billion people do not have access to clean water; by 2050, the number is expected to double. The climate heating lets dig.

Durre summer 2018 in germany

Even in germany, which is still abundant in water, the durre summer of 2018 has left its mark. Rivers are drying up, and some counties have banned their inhabitants from drawing any more precious water from rivers with little water. Residents of vogelsberg in hesse reproach the city of frankfurt, "to drink the vogelsberg empty".

In the small town of ulrichstein, tankers have to supply the inhabitants with sufficient drinking water. The growing world population is facing a water crisis. There is not less, but also not more water on our planet. But a fairer distribution of water is one of the key tasks of the 21st century. The consequences of the 21st century.

In many regions of germany, the water is polluted by nitrogen from manure and slurry due to intensive livestock farming. Only by significantly reducing animal husbandry can agriculture in this country contribute to climate protection and water conservation. Worldwide, 70% of all water is used in agriculture.

One strawberry contains seven liters of water

Growing strawberries in water-scarce spain is very water-intensive. But the majority of these strawberries are exported to germany, which still has plenty of water. German consumers who buy spanish strawberries are helping to exacerbate the water problems in spain. Believe it or not, dear reader: one strawberry contains seven liters of water. Without even meaning to, we are cutting off water from other countries.

Through world trade and globalized agriculture, enormous quantities of virtual water (hidden water consumption) are routed around the globe. If this water was directed in the opposite direction, the plight of water-scarce spain could be alleviated.

We eat more water than we drink?

109 liters of water are used to produce a glass of wine, 130 liters for a cup of coffee, 200 liters for an egg, 1020 liters of water for a liter of milk, and 1 liter of water for 100 grams of chocolate.700 liters, for a kilogram of chicken meat 4325 liters, for a kilo of almonds 8047 liters of water and for a kilo of beef 15.500 liters of water. Our daily water! We "eat" much more water than we drink.

This is how globalized agricultural trade challenges the worldwide fight for water. We consume the water of other continents. Imported water is also in our clothes: for one kilogram of harvested cotton, approx. 8000 liters of water are used. The fact that almost half of all food we eat is thrown away also means a gigantic waste of water.

Water is the number one food

If we want to better protect our water, the number one foodstuff, we must put a stop to gulle pollution. That is: billions in subsidies for coarse industrial agriculture must be redirected in favor of land management based on water and environmental contracts. Climate protection, soil conservation, animal welfare and water conservation are closely linked.

Pope francis calls this new way of thinking in contexts the "the beauty of the challenge". It should awaken courage and desire for a sustainable policy and desire for the necessary water turnaround.

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