when you see global warming and droughts that affect all animals
Very interesting reading Jeremy, how on earth have we managed to exist so long.....
Lot to learn
In reply to gaynorsl:
gaynorsl said:how on earth have we managed to exist so long
Maybe more efficient collection of rainwater & more de-salination plants Gaynor!
Quite eye-opening facts in this article!
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In reply to WendyBartter:
Not sure where they got their info Wendy, but I'd put these statistics down as extremely doubtful. I've worked in a vineyard for 10 years & never have any vines been watered except in their first year when it was done 2 or 3 times by hand from a tractor towing a tank. These vines then live 30, 50 or 100 years & are never watered again! The other stats look very dubious too!
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In reply to Noisette:
Ostriches bury their heads in the sand
Look on any site that offers the same stats, it is like all the scientists telling us global warming is killing the planet, and one idiot called Trump calling them all wrong.
In reply to Jeremy R:
are they all wrong
You obviously don't understand, what has water to do with growing wine, duh. What about the BOTTLES that are manufactured, the tops or corks, the transport, the storage, every single stage uses WATER.
It takes 872 gallons of water to produce 1 gallon of wine. But if you look at standard servings of each, the race gets closer with about 28 gallons of waterneeded for 12 fluid ounces of beer and 34 gallons of water needed for 5 fluid ounces of wine.13 Oct 2014
Other than as a scare tactic to get people to minimise waste, which is OK I suppose, this article doesn't tackle any issues at all. I suspect, since they quote US sources, it is based on US data, not global. I'm no expert but I think the last estimates I saw, suggested the US use about twice the resources of Europe per capita, which itself is using 4-5x the resources per capita compared to SE Asia. I think the original data is not really about how much water is used for any given crop or whatever, but as a means of estimating what is the total population the planet can support depending upon what quality of life that population demands. Regardless of the quality we want, we are currently over-budget, a fact I suspect the politicians and press would prefer not to discuss, when they can discuss how much water it takes to grow beef burgers instead. If you really wanted the latter, you'd need to discuss the difference between what natural vegetation requires and what different food crops + processing and compare that to local rainfall to have any relevant meaning. I'm not sure it is really relevant how much water it takes to make a beef burger if it all happens in an area of high enough rainfall because no-one transports water just to make them.
In reply to Nigel O:
I suggest you and other watch this, again POINT MISSED, why !!! If you have one pint of water do you use it in manufacturing or for someone to drink, it can only be used once, watch the video
By the end of David Attenboroughs film an additional 9000 people will have been born on this planet, that is 216,000 extra by this time tomorrow. THREE MILLION + by this time next year, and the water level has been the same since the dawn of the Earth.
Remember "There are none so blind as those who will not see"
Gosh Jeremy R, you're a bit wound up aren't you. My comments were based on this item in the first report "1 gallon of wine requires 1,008 gallons of water (mostly for growing the grapes), " & I pointed out, quite correctly, that actually the grape vines are not watered. If you don't like it, tough cooky! We are very aware of the need to conserve water & collect rainwater for garden watering. We also save as much water as possible in our daily lives. However I don't believe everything I read on the internet.
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