He World Water Day In 2020 it aims to draw international attention to water and its relationship with climate change, two closely linked realities.
Water, more than in other times, is a very important resource to stop the spread and contagion of the coronavirus. Hand washing is essential to contain the spread of COVID-19 as well as many other diseases.
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According to the UN, 'Water promotes the well-being of the population and inclusive growth, and has a positive impact on the lives of billions of people, by influencing issues that affect food and energy security, human health and to the environment.'
This same source indicates that today there are 7,000 million people to feed on the planet and it is anticipated that there will be another 2,000 million by 2050. Statistics indicate that all people drink 2 to 4 liters of water daily, and However, most of the water we drink is incorporated into the food we consume: producing 1 kilo of beef, for example, consumes 15,000 liters of water, and 1 kilo of wheat is drunk 1,500 liters.
Thus, from now until 2050, the world's fresh water is going to have to maintain the agricultural systems that will feed and provide a livelihood for 2.7 billion more people. It must be taken into account that producing a person's daily food involves between 2,000 and 5,000 liters of water. It should also be considered, according to UNESCO, that irrigation increases crop productivity by between 100 and 400 percent.
Changes in diet, tending towards a higher consumption of meat in developed countries, also influence the consumption of water for food. Thus, while to produce 1 kg of grain, between 500 and 3,000 liters of water can be consumed, to produce 1 kg of grain-fed beef, up to 15,000 liters can be consumed.
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At all stages of the supply chain, from producers to consumers, it is possible take steps to save water and ensure there is food for everyone. Educating children to save water on a daily basis is essential, especially in periods of drought. To guarantee access to nutritious food for all, it is necessary that we become aware one by one of the demand for a series of measures to which everyone, children and adults, can contribute:
1. Consume products that make less intensive use of water
2. Reduce outrageous food waste; 30% of the food produced worldwide is never consumed and the water used to produce it is permanently lost
3. Produce more food, of better quality, with less water
4. Eat a healthy diet.
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