16 Almonds = 15.3 Gal of Water

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25 May 2015

It may be Memorial Weekend the official kick-off for summer, but here in NoHu the weather is clearly not cooperating. I’m supposed to golf this AM and probably am not– extremely soggy and not to mention the chilly weather. So wherever this finds you, I hope you are enjoying the long weekend with skies of blue and your sun is shining.

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THE AVERAGE AMERICAN EATS A SLIVER OF CALIFORNIA AVOCADO EACH WEEK.
It takes 4.1 gallons of water to produce.

So, it was a bit nicer earlier this weekend and while I was preparing a dinner of marinated, grilled octopus and sautéed soft shell crab. I was making a wonderful summer-like salad with hearts of palm, fresh sweet corn, red bell pepper, fresh basil from the patio, etc (you get where I’m going with this– right?). I cut open an avocado when much to my despair it had spoiled and I had to toss it away. I was quickly reminded of a shocking article I had just read earlier in the week.

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THREE MANDARINS
42.5 gallons

READ THIS VERY IMPORTANT ARTICLE by New York Times.

I’m not a wasteful type person by any means, but it has me thinking about my purchases for sure. Is it going to change what I buy and prepare? Probably? maybe not? But it’s starts the conversation and thought process.

“California farmers produce more than a third of the nation’s vegetables and two-thirds of its fruits and nuts. To do that, they use nearly 80 percent of all the water consumed in the state. It is the most stubborn part of the crisis: To fundamentally alter how much water the state uses, all Americans may have to give something up.

The portions of foods shown here are grown in California and represent what average Americans, including non-Californians, eat in a week. We made an estimate of the amount of water it takes to grow each portion to give you a sense of your contribution to the California drought.

The estimates include the amount of water used to make derivative products. For example, grape consumption includes not just fresh grapes, but also wine, jam and juice.”

Oh and those (2) olives in your martini? 1.4 Gal of water. Sip on that.

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ONE BLUEBERRY
0.04 gallons

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