Fruity black rice salad with coriander, avocado, mango and a chilli-citrus dressing, adapted from Serious Eats
Taking only 15 minutes to prep (if the rice is pre-cooked), it’s quick and simple. It’s also incredibly colourful; good for abolishing any stressful moods but also a clear indication of diverse nutrients and vitamins on your plate.
- Juice from one orange
- 1.5 tbsp red or white wine vinegar (we actually used Balsamic and that was fine)
- 2 medium cloves of garlic (minced)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp chilli powder
- 1/4 tsp ground cumin
- salt and pepper to taste
- 128g black rice (pre-cooked, take it off the heat just as it loses its crunch)
- 1 mango (diced)
- 1 avocado (diced)
- 1 orange (segmented)
- 1 red onion (finely chopped)
- handful of roasted pumpkin seeds*
Water For A Sustainable World, by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Division
You often hear the remark that water is the source of life. It is not only the source of life, but underpins pillars of sustainable development including poverty, rights, food, governance and ecosystems. From the everyday production and consumption of foods and products to the longer term resilience of our communities and environments to climate and land use change, our reliance on safe, clean and accessible water sources is at the core.
|Water is a basic human right.
- We have already overexploited 20% of our groundwater reserves worldwide
- 1 in 10 people still live without access to safe, clean and running water. The majority of these individuals live in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa – comprising nearly 700 million.
- 2.5 billion people still live without sufficient sanitation
- 1 billion still practice open defecation due to lack of functional sewerage systems. To really hit home: more people have access to a mobile phone than those with access to a toilet.
Our insatiable thirst will simply catalyse any vulnerability already seen: If we continue ‘business as usual’, we risk reducing safe, clean water to 40% in the next 15 years.
That is a lot to swallow, and the UNESCO report does justice to the enormity of our water resource challenge.
In the final chapters, the report proposes a need for a post-2015 ‘goal for water’, including universal access to safe water and hygiene services, sustainable use of water, improved infrastructure and reduced risk of water-related disease and disasters. To achieve this, they urge a reorientation of policy frameworks, equitable growth, minimisation of risk through better service provision.
World Water Day 2015: Photos to make you think twice about wasting this precious resource by David Sim, International Business Times
|Villagers carrying water containers, Gujarat, India
Source: Amit Dave/Reuters in ibitimes.co.uk
“All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.”
These, often harrowing, photos immerse us in the everyday actions and emotions of people suffering from lack of access to fresh, clean water. They help us to feel something, which could compel us to act.
We all need to reflect on how we play a role in this inequitable geography of water resource access around the world. Water is part of our food choices, land uses, industries, retail products… whether direct or indirect, it is not simply through a photo that we participate in an individual, communities or environments vulnerability and instability.
I want you all to look at the photos, then continue reading this blog. The Inspiration section will provide one food-related way in which you can start to reshape and reinvent the water wheel.
|A man washing in polluted rivers, New Delhi
Source: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters in ibitimes.co.uk
“What if I told you…you eat 3496 gallons of water…”
I found this website a few years ago and continue to be in awe of the graphics and content. It truly makes you realise just how much hidden water there is in our everyday consumption patterns; a form of water aptly named ‘virtual water‘.
This includes domestic consumption, our clothing choices, food choices… In fact, 92% of the ‘hidden’ water we consume is in our food.
|Water used to produce our staple foods.
Source: bungartbessler.com, adapted from Angela Morelli Water
As Angela states: “an understanding of our water consumption can help us provide a solution to one of our most pressing problems”. We are literally addicted to water and we don’t even realise it.
Reflecting back on my recipe for this week, I calculated how much water we consumed using information from the fantastic website Water Footprint. Here’s what I found…
- 180 litres for one mango
- 80 litres for one orange
- 300 litres for black rice
- 110 litres for an avocado