the water war

The anger started in Bolivia where the people felt stripped out of their “material inheritance and natural resources”, and will definitely soon? inflame the world. It’s official now Europe is preparing to a massive attack on individual tap water consumption. Great Britain launched the offensive in proposing to tax the tap water upon the volume consumed. Demonstrations already unwelcomed the uncongruous project.

As the result of the discrepancy between the high consumption and the depletion of the resource, the commodious response of the government is unsurprisingly the increase of the price of the commodity. When will it reach the American continent?

The overexploitation of water sources from the corporatocracy? (Dasani in 50 Indian villages), the greenhouse gas, the climatic changes, consequences of the human footprint, are the significant symtoms of a coming shortage. When global warming peers up with human recklessness, the? eradication? of the vital commodity is not too far. Nationalized, privatized (soon?), speculated? the water issue is so dramatic that scientists found the way to turn our urine into water!? That’s where we are! Cogitating for the humanity not to end that soon! What a pityful acknowledgement of our impotence!

Since the USA is the biggest consumer? what is the future of the commodity? When Europe surrended to? its energetic dependency in the 1973 oil shock, they reformed radically and consequently their consumptions. Water in France, because of its price is regarded as a rarity. Not here, is its price a determining factor as well for their waste behavior? What I know for certain is that from now on, responsibility will have its price!

When governments, to the image of England put the blame on domestic consumption in order to inflate their profits to persuade the public to responsible behaviours (effective weapon in France), they found an easy target to the visible part of an iceberg. If you analyze who among all the actors of an economy leaves the biggest footprint, domestic consumption represents the smallest portion of the water consumption. To understand the concept, to define water footprint is inevitable.

The water footprint for the novice is the extent of water use in relation to consumption of people and logically for any given country, the volume of water needed for the production of the goods and services. The data is relevant since the accused, the domestic consumption appears like David facing Goliath that would be in the circumstance, the agricultural sector.

According to Hoekstra and Chapagain’s study, a correlation has to be established between the water footprint and the consumption of food and agricultural products. America, being the biggest producer of agricultural goods logically its water footprint? should be? the highest worldwide : it actually? reached 2480 cubic meters per capita and per year. As explained, because of its consumption pattern, America with its 120 kilos of meat per year and per capita, three times the world average, as the biggest consumer, therefore the biggest producer becomes the biggest water footprinter. Not yet, but definitely among the first since other factors more prevalent come into the equation. Given that 16000 liters are necessary to produce one kilo (2 pounds) of beef, 1000 liters for a liter of milk, we are not surprised by the figures reported by the World Bank concerning the 120.9 billion cubic meters of water consumed by the agriculture, on its own.

In the country of the hamburger and the cotton t-shirt, they ulitize respectively 2400 liters and 2000 l, simply do the math to understand the magnitude of the damages on the water supply.

To give you figures that speak on the agricultural cost over the global water footprint on a worldwide scale, rice consumes 21% of the total volume of water used for crop production, wheat 12%… Agriculture acts like a sponge when it comes to consumption, 73% of the water pie! The domestic share is only 5%! To the examination of those figures should not governments shift their targets and aim at the real problem?

The agricultural sector as the black sheep, should be reformed. New solutions appeared on the market to replace technics that consume too much water. Rainforest and supplementary? irrigation technics are the new methods for manageable and sustainable agricultural policies. For obtuse minds pricing should be the last resort to raise awareness.

Unlike? the precipitated measures taken? against the oil depletion (biofuel, the source of the inflation on the corn, of? the reduction on the share of the commodity dedicated to human consumption, of the upheavals and riots in agriculture-based economies),? let’s develop? rational and? adequate solutions proper to any given economy.

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