Food, Water and Energy: Know the Nexus
From the report:
"Our consumption of food, water and energy — directly or indirectly — impacts ecosystems and
natural resources that society depends on for its survival. Recent events like droughts, oil spills and increasing food prices
tell us that we can no longer view our food, water and energy systems in isolation. Instead, we all must understand how
and where these three systems intersect — the nexus.
» Energy is required to treat wastewater and transport drinking water;
» Water is required to make electricity and produce transportation fuels;
» Energy and water are required to grow food;
» An increasing portion of certain crops is being used for fuel instead of food; and
» Water quality can be adversely impacted by food and energy production."