Preventing water crises
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Preventing water crises

If we want change, we must change ourselves

Food overproduction is an increasingly severe problem worldwide, and it goes hand in hand with industrial level wasting of water. In addition to the health considerations associated with what’s on our plates, conscious consumer decisions can also help to combat climate change to some extent.

A few simple guidelines can be put to very good use for conscious consumption:

  • Buy from reliable local producers
    This will not only minimise the ecological footprint of our food, but also support the local economy.
  • Choose seasonal fruit and vegetables
    Food that arrives in our kitchens from local farms rather than the other end of the world is healthier and more environment friendly, too.
  • Let’s not waste
    Buy only as much food as you really need.
  • Eat healthy
    We should avoid ready-to-cook processed foods. They are not only rich in additives and unnecessary packaging, their production also requires a lot of energy.
  • Support ethical producers
    We should pay attention to the methods of production we support with our purchases.
  • Bring back the tastes of old
    Let’s rediscover the local crops that have fallen out of favour. Try Jerusalem artichokes instead of potatoes or cornel cherries instead of raspberries.
  • Buy organic produce
    Chemical-free foods are good not only for us, but for the environment, too.
  • Have at least one meat-free day each week
    The water consumption of the meat industry is several times higher than that of plant cultivation, so reducing our meat consumption a little protects water reserves.
  • Cook
    Home-made food is usually not only cheaper but also healthier, since we can pick our ingredients ourselves.
  • Think about the real price of food
    When shopping, look beyond the packaging and the price tag to consider the real cost of delivering the goods to shelves.
Buying from local producers doesn’t only support the local economy, it can also reduce the ecological footprint of our food Photo: Shutterstock
Further information: Food Tank

The majority would pay more for environment-friendly products

Although consumers consider price and quality to be the paramount criteria, more than half of them would be willing to pay more for recyclable and sustainable products, a new international survey by Accenture has found.

Tracking blackwater and greywater

The freshwater reserves of Earth are at an increased risk from large-scale environmental pollution and wasteful water use: the quantity of available drinking water is gradually dropping, while its quality deteriorates. And yet, instead of saving it, we use drinking water to flush our toilets, although greywater would be quite suitable for that purpose.

How much water do we really use every day?

We might believe that humanity’s daily use of water mostly comes from bathing, cooking and drinking. But the operation of our electric equipment, meat production and the production of plastic boxes also consume a great deal of water, much of which is needlessly wasted.

France bans institutionalised wastefulness

On June 4, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that the destruction of unsold consumer products is to be prohibited, and it will become compulsory to reuse or recycle such goods.

How much water did your jeans cost?

The fashion industry has a massive ecological footprint: the raw materials, the production, the transportation and the burning of unsold clothes all result in significant carbon emissions and wasted water. There is one item of clothing that is above all the rest in terms of environmental pollution: the ever-popular jeans.

Young people turn to green investments

Environmental and social sustainability is an important criterion in the investment habits of young Hungarians: they are increasingly investing in consciously ethical companies – this was one of the conclusions of a conference on innovative financing schemes of the Hungarian Economic Association.

Making fashion greener

The fashion industry is in ‘prestigious’ second place on the list of high-pollution industries (with significant carbon emissions, water wastage and chemical pollution). As conscious consumers, we don’t only need to watch what we eat, but also what clothes we have in our wardrobes.

Eco-anxiety – a fairly recent psychological disorder

We have entered a new era in which climate change has become a palpable, daily reality: not a single day passes without encountering the frightening consequences of global warming either directly, while we are out and about, or indirectly, through the news. This unprecedented situation is eliciting new reactions from 21st century humans.

Water awareness in focus

Clean, potable drinking water is a question of life and death. That is why the Ministry for Innovation and Technology of Hungary has launched an exemplary, one-billion forint fund to support water awareness and promote environmentally conscious consumption of water; an initiative that may inspire others.

Smurfs protect the seas

In its campaign launched to protect the oceans and seas, the European Union is using well-known figures such as the Smurfs. They say that the little guys are a good choice because they live in nature, they are blue, and their message reaches far and wide.