When the well is dry, we know the value of water- Benjamin Franklin
For thousands of people in Flint, Michigan and East Porterville, California, the well dried up. For 800 million people around the world, the well is dry.
There’s a new book arriving on November 1st, 2017 titled “Eat Less Water.” The author and researcher, Florencia Ramirez, state experts predict two-thirds of people living on this planet in 2030 will experience water scarcity, a situation expected to result in the deaths of millions and an unprecedented rise in military conflicts.
Can we as individuals hope to have any effect on the global scale of water misuse?
The answer is “Yes,” if we change some of our lifestyle habits. The author states, “THE MOST FAR-REACHING, effective strategy to save water is to eat less of it.”
This book gives the reader an eye-opening education on how much water is used in food production:
1 pound of beef has a “virtual water footprint” of 1,851 gallons.
1 pound of pork = 631 gallons of water
1 pound of lamb = 398.8 gallons of water
This is not a book against meat, it’s a book describing the benefits of organically raised water sustainable livestock.
“Food grown without chemicals saves fresh water more than any other water-saving strategy.”
There are sixteen chapters ranging from Wheat and Water to Eggs and Water; Beer and Water; Coffee and Water, and other major food groups. Each chapter ends with a recipe for an organic, water sustainable dish or beverage.
The author traveled over 16,000 miles across the USA and took seven years to research and interview farmers and food producers who illustrated the very best in food cultivation. The food is grown with farming systems in sync with their surrounding environment, “working to replenish rivers, not pollute them,” and methods used to regenerate the soil, “keeping more water in the ground…”
Written in an engaging narrative, the book is non-fiction and several footnotes cite studies which back up the research. The book encourages families and the household shopper to be selective in what they buy and consume. The recipes encourage you to shop for locally grown organic products.
“What we choose to put on our dinner tables can rewrite the story of water scarcity touching people around the world.
Be part of a change that will make a difference in creeks, rivers, groundwater, and oceans across the planet. Start tonight at your kitchen table.”
Check out the Vimeo book trailer:
This book can be found at:
Note: Florencia Ramirez is a personal and professional friend. She co-founded the writing group: WOmen Who Write (WoWW) in Ventura County. I am a member of this small group and this in no way detracts from an honest review. I’m delighted to participate in Florencia’s writing journey and see the fruition of all of her very hard work.
To find a reading visit Florencia’s website at EatLessWater.