What do you think the world’s most important commodity is? Is it copper? Is it gold?
No, it’s water. Water truly is a commodity we cannot live without.
Gigantic quantities of water are used in almost every food and drink we consume.
2,065 gallons of water are needed to produce one pound of chocolate
1,851 gallons of water are needed to produce one pound of beef
94 gallons of water are needed to produce one pound of bananas
20 gallons of water is needed to produce one glass of beer
If you are from the west coast of the United States you may have heard of Kern County, nestled in the San Joaquin Valley.
If you’re just driving by, it may just seem like a dusty valley with rolling tumbleweeds.
In reality, it hosts some of America’s most prestigious ground for growing pistachios, almonds, and pomegranates.
Kern County uses over 400,000 acre feet of water every year and has a population of 893,000.
For comparison, the entire city of Los Angeles with a population of 4 million requires less than 600,000 acre feet per year.