Some daft worrier sends me an email telling me that:
It takes 6.3 gallons of water to produce just one hamburger. That 6.3 gallons covers everything from watering the wheat for the bun and providing water for the cow to cooking the patty and baking the bun. And that\’s just one meal! It would take over 184 billion gallons of water to make just one hamburger for every person in the United States.
Hmmm, gosh, really? So, lessee, global precipitation (you know, that fresh water that falls, free, from the skies) is 121,000 cubic miles a year.
The land area is 30% and the US is 6.5 % of that meaning that there\’s only 2,350 cubic miles falling on the US, there are 1.1 x 10(12) (err, sorry, can\’t do this power to stuff) gallons to a cubic mile, giving us 2,600,000,000,000,000 gallons of rain a year divide by 184 billion gallons means that….
Hey, disaster! Each American can only have 3,300 burger meals a year! Christ, just think how skinny they\’d all be!
The average American uses 159 gallons of water every day – more than 15 times the average person in the developing world. From showering and washing our hands to watering our lawns and washing our cars, Americans use a lot of water. To put things into perspective, the average five-minute shower will use about 10 gallons of water. Now imagine using that same amount to bathe, wash your clothes, cook your meals and quench your thirst.
So rain in the US is 2,600 quadrillion gallons a year and usage is 17 quadrillion gallons (160 galx300 million Americans x 365 days) or o.65% of total precipitation.
I agree absolutely that there can and will be local problems: but it\’s difficult to see that usage of rainwater in general is a large problem.
Sorry, do you mind if I go and worry about something else instead?