A Message from Food Tank, a member of the Finding Solutions to Poverty & Inequality Alliance Today is World Water Day! Ellen Gustafson and I, co-fou

       
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A Message from Food Tank, a member of the Finding Solutions to Poverty & Inequality Alliance

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Today is World Water Day!

Ellen Gustafson and I, co-founders of Food Tank, are happy to announce that Food Tank is partnering with the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) over the coming year. Today, BCFN is offering our newsletter subscribers a free download of their new report, The Water We Eat, in celebration of World Water Day!

According to The Water We Eat, each of us consumes more than 3,400 liters of virtual water each day—this is the water hidden in the products we buy and the food we eat and it can vary significantly. What we eat, how we produce food, and how much food we waste can all impact the size of our water footprint.

The Water We Eat (downloadable now for free by clicking HERE), highlights, for example, how diets rich in fruits, vegetables, and cereals make it possible to significantly reduce virtual water consumption. In addition, BCFN is featuring on its site, and the United Nations World Water Day website, a special video message prepared in collaboration with Angela Morelli, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader 2012.

Here are 7 other free World Water Day tools for you to check out:

1. On Pinterest, Food Tank developed 24 images about ways each of us can reduce water waste. Please check them out (and feel free to share them) by clicking HERE.
2. Drop In the Bucket put together this great short video for YouTube offering powerful facts about water.
3. UN World Water Day did a series of great animations and educational materials to celebrate World Water Day.
4. For great research and advocacy campaigns about food and water all year long see the Food and Water Watch website.
5. For more information about international water policy check out the Global Water Policy Project.
6. The Center for Investigative Reporting offers these six cool infographics about food and water.
7. And several of the CGIAR centers provide great research and tools, including the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF),International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

Finally, Food Tank is trying to draw as much attention as possible to ways we can all help reduce water waste this World Water Day. Check out our columns today in The Miami Herald, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the New Jersey Star-Ledger, Alaska's Anchorage Daily News, California's San Jose Mercury News and Oakland Tribune, the Kansas City Star, Kentucky's Herald-Leader, Georgia's Savannah Morning News, the Daily Herald (Illinois), AlterNet, the Huffington Post, and many more.

What resources for World Water Day do you recommend? What are you doing to reduce water waste this year? Send me an email at danielle@foodtank.org!

Editor’s note: Please be sure to visit Food Tank at www.foodtank.org and see how you can be a part of the solution.

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