Reduce your Water Consumption, at the Grocery Store!

If you’re looking to cut back on the amount of water you’re consuming, one of the first places you should be looking is your grocery list! Taking shorter showers and using a dishwasher definitely helps reduce your consumption, but most of our water use actually goes toward making our food!

Animal products such as meats and dairy, and other crops such as nuts have the highest water consumption for the amount of food produced. Reducing your intake of these kinds of foods can go a long way to helping reduce your personal water use. These foods are also quite high in fat, so there’s an added bonus to reducing consumption!

Unfortunately, chocolate also has a very high water footprint, so it’s a good idea to stop binge eating chocolate during every holiday (or weekend :P)!

Food to increase include fruits and vegetables, sugar crops (with moderation!) and starchy roots such as potatoes! These foods have the lowest water use and therefore have a much lower footprint on the earth.

Pulses, cereals, and oils hang out in the middle of the spectrum. Their water consumption isn’t terrible, but it’s definitely higher than the fruits and vegetables.

So if you’re looking to lessen your impact on the environment, try starting at the grocery store! You’ll also notice a cheaper grocery bill as the foods high in water use come with a higher price tag!

 

Looking for more scientific info, check out this paper!

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Eat Locally!

Between the low Canadian dollar and droughts, now is the best time to start looking at buying locally! When you buy local food, you not only pay less, but you’re helping the environment. Every head of cauliflower that makes its way up here in the dead of winter comes at the expense of a lot of fuel.

The Government of Alberta actually keeps this wonderful availability chart to show which Alberta grown crops are most available in any given month. If you’re buying something in the supermarket which isn’t showing “Available”, that means its getting shipped here. Click the image below for the full chart!

When we stuck to this chart on our last grocery trip, we noticed a $20 reduction in our grocery bill!

Not from Alberta? Your own province might have something similar! Look around on your government websites. Taking a trip to your local food market is also a great way to judge what is grown locally in your area, and is a great way to support local farmers!