Water takes up 70% of the Earth’s surface. However, the resources of potable water are not sufficient to meet the demand of the human population.
We have to eat…
…and water is indispensable for cultivation of edible goods. The agricultural industry is the largest consumer of water. Globally, there are 2.5 billion lesser farmers who grow plants and farm animals. Agriculture requires fresh water whose deposits are not spread evenly on the continents.
We have been observing marked changes of global weather conditions, resulting from global warming. Dry regions are getting even less water, while places where plentiful rainfall had been common are now getting even more water. The first issue necessitates coming up with special solutions which enable farming in areas with little fresh water. In the second case, countries in South-East Asia, first and foremost Bangladesh, face the consequences of even more vicious monsoon rains that cause floods and result in grave losses for local farming.
Another problem human population ought to tackle is wasting food, which is paramount to wasting water that has been used in the production of this food. 25% of global water supply is currently used for the manufacturing of food that is not consumed. If we juxtapose this figure and the number of people afflicted by famine (1 billion) and in danger of being malnourished (2 billion), the conclusion is easy to reach.
Food safety is the most important
Having considered the above data, let us direct our attention to the need of greater respect for the the water we have at our disposal. This is synonymous with care for global food supply security. Each of us should start with their own household. Publicizing such statistics as those given above may persuade many of us to change our attitude. On condition that we use the water at our disposal wisely and recycle as much as possible, as well as use the most advanced mechanical and chemical technologies, we may assist in securing global food supply security.