According to International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the world uses 70 percent freshwater for irrigation, 22 percent freshwater for industry, and 8 percent freshwater for domestic use. They also point out that by 2025, water withdrawals are predicted to increase by 50 percent in developing countries, and 18 percent in developed countries. They also forecast that around 1800 million people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity and two-thirds of the world population could be under stress conditions caused by water scarcity.
It is also a fact that food production consumes large quantities of water. For example, a tomato requires 13 litres of water, an apple requires 70 litres, getting to a cup of coffee takes in 140 litres and producing a hamburger will consume 2400 litres. IFAD also points out that the rapidly growing demand for meat and milk in urban areas of developing countries will substantially increase the need for agricultural water resources, especially for feed production. This infographic from MeetGreen tries to educate people on the fact that making the best choices of food used at large events or gatherings, in terms of minimal water used for its production, can go a long way in communicating the sustainability message to people attending the event as well as those directly or indirectly associated with it.
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