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Old 05-27-2014, 06:13 PM   #11
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It takes 880 gallons of water to produce one cup of coffee according to National Geographic (using the Water Footprint Calculator).
Presumably this includes the water required for the plants' cultivation.
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Old 05-28-2014, 12:40 PM   #12
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Presumably this includes the water required for the plants' cultivation.
I don't know what happened to the reply I thought I'd sent----- Of course water required for cultivation is included.

But that figure I'd first posted was wrong and jenny wisely corrected it. Read all the posts and you'll see the number of gallons for ONE CUP of coffee is greatly reduced. But still a lot IMHO.
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Old 05-28-2014, 12:41 PM   #13
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Not about coffee but still talking about the water footprint:

"Corn-based ethanol G, which the United States touts as an eco-friendly alternative fuel, places an even higher demand on water supplies than gasoline. A recent study found that as corn-based ethanol production doubled between 2005 and 2008, related water use more than tripled. On average, it takes 3.5 to 6 gallons of water to produce one gallon of ethanol as compared to 1 to 2.5 to produce one gallon of gasoline."

The Water Footprint of Energy
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I don't know what happened to the reply I thought I'd sent----- Of course water required for cultivation is included.

But that figure I'd first posted was wrong and jenny wisely corrected it. Read all the posts and you'll see the number of gallons for ONE CUP of coffee is greatly reduced. But still a lot IMHO.
Yes, indeed
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...On average, it takes 3.5 to 6 gallons of water to produce one gallon of ethanol as compared to 1 to 2.5 to produce one gallon of gasoline."...
Sadly, it's not as simple as simply comparing water footprints. Consider what happens to the water used to grow the corn to make the ethanol. Either via irrigation or rain, plants are watered so they will grow. That water either evaporates and falls as rain again or ends up in the water table for reuse via irrigation systems.

There is as much water on the planet today as there ever was.
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There is as much water on the planet today as there ever was.
Are We Running Out of Water? – News Watch

There's always a "catch". But people ARE looking into how to fix it. Maybe.
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