1. It takes a great deal of water to manufacture our goods:

    • 1 newspaper takes 150 gallons
    • 1 liter of orange juice takes 1000 gallons
    • 1 pound of beef takes 2500 gallons
    • 1 new car takes 40,000 gallons

    — WaterDoc.org, Hart Productions Inc, 2005

  2. The report also notes that “The number of observed ‘dead zones’, coastal sea areas where water oxygen levels have dropped too low to support most marine life, has roughly doubled each decade since the 1960s. Many are concentrated near the estuaries of major rivers, and result from the buildup of nutrients, largely carried from inland agricultural areas where fertilizers are washed into watercourses. The nutrients promote the growth of algae that die and decompose on the seabed, depleting the water of oxygen and threatening fisheries, livelihoods and tourism.” (p. 60)

    The report also notes that “The number of observed ‘dead zones’, coastal sea areas where water oxygen levels have dropped too low to support most marine life, has roughly doubled each decade since the 1960s. Many are concentrated near the estuaries of major rivers, and result from the buildup of nutrients, largely carried from inland agricultural areas where fertilizers are washed into watercourses. The nutrients promote the growth of algae that die and decompose on the seabed, depleting the water of oxygen and threatening fisheries, livelihoods and tourism.” (p. 60)

  3. ➞ http://www.bvsde.paho.org/bvsacd/ssataller/heasustdev.pdf