Produce that Won’t Make the Drought Worse

by Rachel Baker on April 30, 2015

Here is a good chart that allows you to figure out what produce won’t make the drought worse. So, when you go to the grocery store, consider the produce and other foods on this list before buying. The rest of the country wants to help make this better for California, not worse.

Wired’s Guide to Produce that Won’t Make the Drought Worse

Summer weekends find me at San Francisco farmers’ markets, buying up as much local stone fruit as I can carry. The peaches, plums, and cherries are burstingly delicious. They are also, it turns out, terribly thirsty crops. California’s historic drought has brought renewed attention to the water-suckingness of beef and almonds, and deservedly so. But look, about half the vegetables and three-quarters of the fruit grown in the US comes from California. So the question is, if you want to be environmentally sensitive and exert a bit of business pressure on water-users, what should you be eating? What’s the most drought-friendly part of the produce aisle?

To figure that out, we analyzed data produced by M.M. Mekonnen and A.Y. Hoekstra at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, showing the water required to grow crops around the world. We then ranked the crops by water usage and organized them by season.

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