We've selected some of our top Water and Food Security related content, to tie in with the theme of World Water Day March 22, 2012. The day draws attention to an issue that is central to every person's life, and is integral to business success: water.
WATER AND FOOD SECURITY
This lively session focused on the viability of water and food security solutions. Core topics covered were: innovation or traditional methods; intensification or greener agriculture; food import or self sufficiency; increasing food production; and reducing food waste and adopting sustainable diets.
A radical transformation in the way farming and natural systems interact could simultaneously boost food production and protect the environment - two goals that often have been at odds.
In this podcast, we talk to LEAF - Linking Environment And Farming, an organization that promotes environmentally responsible farming. LEAF’s current work, specifically their new Water Management Tool is disucssed and we find out how the Water Management Tool offers farmers a complete health check for water use on their farms.
Did you know The average water footprint per calorie for beef is 20 times larger than for cereals and starchy roots? The water footprint per gram of protein for milk, eggs and chicken meat is 1.5 times larger than for pulses? This paper looks at the water footprint of animal products in the supply chain, considering different production systems and feed composition per animal type and country.
Cow’s milk and beef burger have much larger water footprints than their soy equivalents. This study looks at the water impacts of the respective products and also shows that shifting from non-organic to organic farming can reduce the grey water footprint related to soybean cultivation by 98%.
ADDITIONAL WATER RESOURCES
The GEMI Local Water Tool™ (LWT) and the GEMI LWT™ for Oil and Gas are free tools developed by a group of 40+ global companies to help identify the external impacts, business risks and opportunities related to water use and discharge at a specific site or operation.
The AWS International Water Stewardship Standard is designed to be an international, ISEAL-compliant, standard that defines a set of water stewardship steps, principles, criteria, and indicators for how water should be stewarded at a site and watershed level in a way that is environmentally,socially, and economically sustainable. Find out more and give AWS your feedback.
Izabela Stacewicz highlights her top 5 picks from the 2degrees coverage of World Water Week 2011.
Analysis of global companies operating in sectors which are exposed to water-related risks, based on findings from the 2011 CDP Water Disclosure Report.
Water scarcity impacts at least 2.7 billion people for at least one month each year. Through detailed analysis of the total water consumption, or depletion, rather than water withdrawals, this study highlights how the water used to grow crops, sustain industry and provide drinking water has in many places exceeded sustainable levels of water use.
This webinar, Ruth Mathews, Executive Director at Water Footprint Network, addressed: how to move from beyond water footprint accounting to assess of the sustainability of water footprints; how to evaluate the most strategic responses; how to reduce the impacts of corporate water use; and, the role of WFN and its activites .