This is the latest thing we have to worry about apparently. Our water footprint.
Me, I\’m calling this one as bollocks. Why you might ask, why is Timmy simply snarling at the nice man instead of engaging with his arguments? Well, the nice man has form:
Prof Lang, who coined the term "food miles" more than a decade ago, now believes that overuse of water is the biggest threat facing Britain\’s food chain.
We know that food miles is bollocks…shipping lamb from New Zealand uses fewer resources than growing it in Wales, tomatoes from Spain fewer than growing them here.
The liklihood that our water footprint is similarly bollocks is high.
"Huge amounts of water is being used as irrigation or fed directly to animals. It is a nightmare. Water stress is huge across huge swathes of the globe.
"We think that we are liberally supplied by God\’s water. But that\’s not true."
According to the World Wide Fund, the production of a simple pint of milk uses up more than 550 litres (968 pints) of water – the equivalent of running six full baths.
A cut of coffee uses up 140 litres (246 pints), while a hamburger uses an astonishing 1,800 (3,168).
These figures take into account the amount of water used from the start to the end of the food chain, including the irrigation on the farm, the processing of the food, such as washing the coffee beans, and the cooking of the product. Meat uses so much because of the water needed to irrigate the crops that end up as animal feed.
"We cannot carry on consuming the same amount of meat and dairy that we do currently. We are convinced about that now. It is absolutely madness."
That "irrigation" on the farm. That, umm, includes the rain that falls from God\’s skies. The rain that Ireland gets (and oh boy does Ireland get rain) to grow the grass upon which the cow to make the hamburger feeds. The rain that falls upon the coffee bushes (no, no one "irrigates" coffee bushes).
Essentially the nice professor is complaining about trade. That things are being grown where there is a comparative advantage, in this case lots of water, and shipped to places with other comparative advantages.
Just like food miles was a complaint about trade actually.
So bollocks to both ideas.