Every year, on March 22, the World Water Day is decreed by the UNO which, in the 2012 edition, deals with water and food safety. More than 1 billion people lack a basic supply of water and 1.5 million children die every year due to illnesses caused by non-drinkable and contaminated water.
According to Xavier Torras, director of the We Are Water Foundation, “The majority of the water that we use as humans is in the food we eat. Each day, a person can drink 3 liters of water, but to produce a kilo of rice, we need 2,450 liters of water and for a kilo of pork, almost 6,000 liters”. These are two examples of the amount of water necessary to produce food. A resource that is not available in many places around the world.
This application includes recipes coming from different countries and each recipe specifies the Water Print for the dish. The Water Print adds up all the water necessary, not only to cook the recipe, but also the water used to produce the food. For example, to make simple Chinese “wonton”, 5,804 liters of water are used.
That is why the Foundation wishes to emphasize how important it is to ensure access to this vital resource. To this end, the Foundation has sought the support of Carlos Jiménez Renjifo, who is the responsible in Spain of the UN Information Center for Western Europe (UNRIC), which has warned about the need to look for joint solutions to face this problem. “In 2012, the world population has reached 7 billion inhabitants and it is estimated that within three decades we could reach 9 billion. Therefore, the water needs for the growing demand of food production, or in other words, the power to guarantee sustainable nourishment for a large part of the planet, will be one of the principal problems that we will face”.
We eat more water than we drink: APP “We Eat Water”
With the objective of increasing awareness promoted by the United Nations, the We Are Water Foundation has launched a campaign with the slogan, “We eat more water than we drink”, and has created the application for Smartphones, “We Eat Water”.