ACF Consumption Atlas
The Australian Conservation Foundation’s Consumption Atlas offers stats for each state on water usage, carbon emissions and ecological footprints
Food accounts for 44% of water usage in Victoria, and 25% of carbon emissions.
Excerpts from main findings of the Consumption Atlas:
“The emissions generated from producing the food we eat and the goods we purchase are together more than four times the emissions from our own personal use of electricity. This suggests that for households to make a serious dent in greenhouse emissions, they must go well beyond merely reducing energy and petrol use.”
“Australians use a lot of water – on average 722,000 litres per person, per year, including the water used to produce the food we eat and the goods we purchase. That’s nearly enough to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool.
Direct water use in the household accounts for only just over 16% of total water use. The water used to produce the food and other goods and services we buy is more than six times greater than our direct water use at home.
Production of dairy and beef products is particularly water-intensive; the dairy sector alone accounts for one out of every ten litres of total household water use.
Some might also be surprised at the amount of water (3.6 per cent of the total) used by power plants to generate electricity for household use.”
Intensive irrigation farming, Murray-Darling Basin