Eating for the sake of Water

Trouble for California translates to trouble for our food system. California produces a vast majority of the fruits and vegetables in the United States. Here’s a little breakdown of California’s production:

  • 99 percent of artichokes
  • 99 percent of walnuts
  • 97 percent of kiwis and plums
  • 95 percent of celery and garlic
  • 89 percent of cauliflower
  • 71 percent of spinach
  • 69 percent of carrots

Vegetables and fruits require a lot of water to grow, especially when soil health is depleted from repeated fertilizer abuse. Water retention decreases dramatically when soil is eroded of micronutrients and left uncovered (versus rooted with cover crops). So how much water does our diet consume?

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