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The Green Life: H2-Whoa! How much water goes into a glass of OJ?

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March 22, 2012

H2-Whoa! How much water goes into a glass of OJ?

Gallons and gallons of water


How much water is on your plate? About 70 percent of the world's "blue water withdrawals" irrigate agriculture. World Water Day is March 22, and this year's theme examines food production. To see how many gallons of water bring common foods from field to plate, take our H2-Whoa! quiz.    



Q: How much water does it take to produce one glass of orange juice?

A) About 120 gallons.

B) About 45 gallons.

C) I'm chewing on so much pulp that I'm pretty sure there's no liquid in my OJ.

A: The correct answer is B, 45 gallons. A glass of orange juice not only uses a lot of water, but it also has a carbon footprint larger than bottled water.

To get your morning juice fix while taking it easy on the environment, try juicing the vegetables in your own garden. Compost the pulp or add it to muffins or breads.

--image courtesy of iStock / LisaValder

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