Water Footprint: The amount of freshwater you use (directly and indirectly). Water is required to produce almost everything we use/do/eat. Before we get started know this: The average persons DIRECT water footprint every day is approx. 400 litres. Once you account for all your INDIRECT water uses - from the clothes you wear, to the books you read and the food you eat - this number shoots up to 5000 litres a day! This album might help you eat your way through saving the planet.
American Vadapav: This meal looks delicious but it consumes a frightening amount of water! The thirstiest of them all is the beef patty, which requires 13,000-15,000 litres of water to produce just 1kg of beef! Any form of dairy (cheese in this case) is equally bad for the planet. Ugh, that's half our favourite foods.
Breakfast For Champions: Looks pretty healthy, right? Think again. A lot of what's on this plate came from a farm, and farms use 70% of the water we get from rivers and groundwater. Pro tip: if you ever have to pick between tea and coffee, go with tea. A cup of coffee requires 140 litres of water while tea would take roughly 30 litres. Eggs require tons of water because guess what? Chickens like to eat water-intensive food grains.
Maa Ka Pyaar: Indian meals are usually a combo of healthy and spicy dishes. The grains and cereals involved in almost every one of these meals make them very water-intensive. Rice is a staple in India, but it takes 3,000 to 5,000 liters of water to produce just a kilo of rice. After rice, wheat is the most consumed crop by the Indian population, which takes 900 litres of water to produce 1kg of wheat.
Mehengawala Khaana: Where water consumption is concerned, meat is the absolute worst! At least chicken is better than beef though (woohoo, beef ban!), requiring only about half the amount of water. In terms of beverages, beer requires 1/4 the water required by wine. Pasta is a combination of water and semolina flour and requires 2000-4000 litres of water to produce just 1 kg.
Dentist Appointment: Who doesn't like dessert, but when you go over the ingredients used to make them, you realize it may not be worth it. The water footprint of wheat flour is about 1850 litre/kg. A whopping 20,000 litres of water goes into giving cocoa it's yummy cocoa flavour. Your best bet is choosing a fruity dessert over a chocolate one.