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What's Consuming Our Fresh Water Supply?

Annmarie Rodriguez

By Annmarie Rodriguez 

When attempting to live a more water-conscious life, many of us automatically think of taking shorter showers, turning the faucet off while brushing our teeth or letting our lawns brown. These are all worth while tips! However, after writing our Making Water Conservation The Norm post, I continued researching and came upon some astonishing numbers.

Many people are unaware of how much water is used to produce certain foods. According to the Department of Water Engineering and Management from the University of Twente, 

Agricultural production takes the largest share, accounting for 92% of the global WF [water footprint].

Below is a comprehensive list containing the amount of water (per gallon) required to produce particular foods (per pound). We have also included tips on how to change eating habits in order to save water, care for ourselves and care for the earth. 


  • Beef requires 1,847 gallons of water per pound. 
  • Pork: 718 gal/lb. 
  • Chicken: 518 gal/lb. 


  • Almonds: 1,929 gal/lb. 
    • This number is especially relevant for California where 80% of the world's supply of almonds are produced. This fact, coupled with it's increasing demand, have added difficulties to ending California's drought. 
  • Cashews: 1,704 gal/lb. 
  • Pistachios: 1,362 gal/lb.
  • Hazelnuts & Walnuts: 1,260 gal/lb. 


  • Vanilla Beans 15,159 gal/lb. 
    • Keep in mind, vanilla beans are often used in very small proportions. 
  • Chocolate: 2,061 gal/lb. 
  • Cocoa powder: 1,874 gal/lb.


  • Artichokes: 98 gal/lb. 
  • Eggplant: 43 gal/lb.
  • Cucumbers: 42 gal/lb.
  • Broccoli: 34 gal/lb. 
  • Lettuce: 28 gal/lb.
  • Tomato: 26 gal/lb. 

*Tips of the trade:

Work on developing trends in your eating habits.

  • Eat less animal products and processed foods. Instead, eat more plant products. This will help you save water and eat well.

10K Raise To Build A School

Fay Johnson


A giant Thank You to the 52 people who participated in our first community action. We raised $10,000 in under a month – money that will be used to build a school in Kenya. Are manifesto says that We The Deliberate believe in moving forward together, because people connected to one another win. This collective action will allow over 1,000 kids to learn in a clean and safe school.

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From all of us at deliberateLIFE, Thank you!

We're excited to be building a better tomorrow with you.

Let's Build a School Together

Fay Johnson


Today we are kicking off our first deliberateLIFE Community Action – an opportunity for us to come together to build a better tomorrow.

The deliberateLIFE Community is made up of people in 52 countries and we're going to come together to support education for others because we believe in moving forward together.  

With the release of our Back-to-School issue, we want to do more than just discuss the importance of education – we want to make a difference. We The Deliberate have teaming up with our friends at Change Heroes  and Free the Children to launching a campaign to build a school – together.

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For every group of 34 participants we can build another school. We're starting with Kenya because our founder first sketched out the idea for deliberateLIFE on a 10-hour bus ride across Kenya. Once we reach our initial goal, we as a community can decide where we want the next school to be built >> Ecuador, Ghana, Haiti, Rural China, Sierra Leone, India or Nicaragua.

Learn more about what's involved and track our collective progress on our campaign page.

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