Federal Statistics Office of Germany: Water footprint of food products in Germany for the time period 2000-2010

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Report of the Federal Statistics Office Germany

Title of the report:
Water footprint of food products in Germany for the time period 2000-2010

The report is available online (pdf): https://www.destatis.de/EN/Publications/Specialized/EnvironmentalEconomicAccounting/Waterfootprint5851302129004.pdf

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From the introduction:
"The project highlights, in particular, global water consumption associated with the
domestic consumption of food products in Germany. It also examines water
consumption for various food categories (crops and food of animal origin) and food


When considering indirect water consumption for food products, this project builds
especially on findings of the Water Footprint Network (www.waterfootprint.org), an association made up of a
large number of scientists headed by Arjen Hoekstra (University of Twente). One aim of
the network is that of developing general methods and concepts to calculate water
footprints. These methods and concepts were used as a basis for calculating indirect
water use in relation to German consumption of food products. Especially the "water
coefficients" for vegetal and animal products from Mekonnen/Hoekstra were used in
the calculations. A time series for the years 2000 to 2010 has been produced in order
to highlight trends in total water use for food products."


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