The Top 5 Foods that Take the Most Water to be Produced

  Foodstuff Litres of Water
(per 1 kilo of food)
1 Chocolate (1kg) 17,196 litres
2 Beef (1kg) 15,415 litres
3 Bio-diesel (1kg) 11,397 litres
4 Sheep meat (1kg) 10,412 litres
5 Pork (1kg) 5,988 litres
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  1. On average, it takes about 3 000 litres of water per person to produce our daily food.
  2. In an industrial beef production system, it takes in average of three years before the animal is slaughtered to produce about 200 kg of boneless beef.
  3. To produce one cup of coffee we need 140 litres of water.
  4. The water footprint of China is about 700 cubic meter per year per capita. Only about 7% of the Chinese water footprint falls outside China. Japan with a footprint of 1150 cubic meter per year per capita, has about 65% of its total water footprint outside the borders of the country.
  5. The water footprint in the United States is 2500 cubic meter per year per capita.
Top 5 facts sources: FAO Aquastat,
Tags: Water, Top 5 Most, Food & Drink

Sources:   Institution of Mechanical Engineers Report: Global Food, Waste Not, Want Not (January 2013)..

List Notes: List is litres of water per kilo needed to produce the specific foodstuff indicated.
Foods that Take the Most Water to be Produced

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