Drought and pollution are a threat to the globe and are especially so for activities that are in direct contact with Mother Earth, as is theagriculture; but if agriculture were the cause of Drought and environmental problems?
Man uses 54% of the fresh water that is available on the planet. It must be said that available fresh water corresponds to only 2% of total water, in fact out of a total of 1.4 billion km³ of water, only 35 million km³ is made up of fresh , glaciers ...).
In Italy, over 60% of water consumption is linked toagriculture. Most of the small producers use cisterns to supply rainwater in order to use this asset to irrigate the fields. The discourse varies when dealing with multinationals to which issues such as drought and pollution are connected.
The supply chains of agri-food sector, especially those related to cattle breeding for the production of meat, dairy products and cereals, abuse too much of water resources. The production cycles of meat, feed and animal derivatives are high in water consumption. With current industrial trends, the globe will soon have to face, in addition to the deep-rooted energy crisis, also a global water crisis. This is where the need arises to establish a less invasive production chain, a task that falls to multinationals, in our own small way we can try to follow a diet without or less rich in meat.
The WWF has well thought of launching a system capable of monitoring the world's water basins so as to assess the risks associated with the production chains of large industries, such as pollution and Drought. Is called Water Risk Filter and it is the tool that the WWF wants to use to control the risks associated with the water supply by companies.
The Water Risk Filter is made available to investors and companies to analyze exposure to threats such as water scarcity or water contamination; factors that negatively affect the production chain and supply. So Water Risk Filter, from 28 March 2012, it can be used by farms and investors to check which risks their supply chain is facing.