‘Eating’ Water Latest and Rising Threat to a Thirsty World
In an intelligently managed civilization, drought and water shortages would be overcome by an international effort to purify and then transport sea water to the areas most affected. But this would require some form of massive government intervention- and to those who cling to antiquated political precepts, they’d rather die than see the day when government actually gets off the couch and does something beneficial for the people. -Grant J. Kidney
IPS — Paradoxically, the water we “eat” is likely to become one of the growing new dangers to millions of the world’s thirsty, hungering for this finite natural resource.
“More than one-fourth of all the water we use worldwide is taken to grow over one billion tons of food that nobody eats,” Torgny Holmgren, executive director of the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), told delegates during the opening of the annual international water conference, World Water Week, in the Swedish capital Monday.
Torgny Holmgren, executive director of Stockholm International Water Institute, warns that more than a quarter of global water usage is spent to grow food that goes to waste. Credit: Thomas Henrikson, World Water Week/ CC by 2.0
“That water, together with the billions of dollars spent to grow, ship, package and purchase the food, is sent down the drain,” he said.