Should You Care How Much Water Goes Into Making Your Food?

Water is our most precious natural resource. Without it we can’t live.  From doing the dishes to hydrofracking we humans have found all sorts of ways to use precious H2O.

This short video from breaks down how much water is used to grow our food from Broccoli to Chocolate to an 8 ounce steak.

I don’t know what is more surprising: that agricultural uses more water than any other activity in this country or that it requires 924 gallons of water to yield an 8 ounce steak?

Here is the interview on MSNBC that Grist contributor Amelia Urry has with Greenhouse host Tony Dokoupil.  If you watch the MSNBC clip it has the above video in it. I like that Amelia Urry is really smart and I like that she is saying the best way to eat is to eat consciously. Not to go on some extreme Grasshoppers and cabbage diet.

Which immediately makes me wonder: what would be a good recipe for a cabbage and Grasshopper dish?  Crunchy fried Grasshoppers coated in a spicy hot chili powder sprinkled over slow cooked curried cabbage?  😉

Join the conversation, what do you think?

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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