Water Use in Production of Foods Should be Shown on Food Labels

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The issue of water conservation has affected many regions around the world. One of these places in the United States is California. For many years, California has had to ask its citizens to reduce their water consumption in order to have enough water to supply to its citizens. California is also one of the leading producers of almonds in the world. They produce 80% of the world's almonds. The issue with this is that it takes 8 gallons of water to grow a single almond. If this was known on labels, it might discourage people to buy almonds from California. This could make farmers turn to other crops, conserving water. 

Another example of this would be the amount of water used to raise livestock, beef in particular. To produce one pound of beef, approximately 1,840 gallons of water are used. California is also one of the top producers of beef. If beef production were reduced, water could be preserved. 

The water crisis has hit hard in California in particular. If some of the water used for agriculture could be given to the residents of California, then water laws wouldn't have to be as restrictive. We have the right to know what is in our food. That doesn't just mean calories, fats, sodium, etc., but also the amount of water used for the production of that particular product. We hope that the amount of water used to produce that certain product would be shown on food labels, by law. 

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