Tuesday, August 19, 2008
It's World Water Week in Stockholm. At least 2500 experts have gathered in Sweden at the Stockholm International Water Institute to discuss water-related issues ranging from sanitation to sustainability. The winner of the institute's 2008 Stockholm Water Prize, British professor John Anthony Allan, took the opportunity to issue a warning about what he predicts will be the frightening global impact of the increasing use of biofuels. He also stated that meat consumption is just plain old bad news for the world's environment -- particularly because of the huge amount of water wasted in raising animals for food. He called upon people to lower their meat consumption. The sad truth is that this isn't groundbreaking news. Experts have been talking about the meat industry's impact on global water supplies for years; we just haven't been listening.