The Scientist features article on 'global water crisis' by Elsevier Aquatic Sciences publisher

Dr. Christiane Barranguet points out connection to food production and calls for 'dedicated investment in research'

Christiane Barranguet, PhD, is Executive Publisher of Aquatic
  Sciences at Elsevier

In today's issue of The Scientist, Dr. Christiane Barranguet writes about the consequences of a shortage of potable water and why it affects people worldwide. In an article titled "Opinion: The Water Crisis," she explains:

There is enough freshwater on the planet to ensure access to clean water for everyone, but it is distributed unevenly and too much of it is wasted, polluted, or unsustainably managed. Since the flow of water respects no boundaries, related problems are often international in scope, but solutions tend to be implemented on a local level with limited coordination between the various stakeholders to optimize effectiveness.

Dr. Barranguet focuses on the connection to food production, citing research by theFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations:

The FAO estimates that by 2050, the world must grow enough food to support an additional 2.7 billion people — and it must do so with less water.  ... While the daily drinking water requirement per person is 2 to 4 liters, it takes 2,000 to 5,000 liters to produce one person’s daily food.

The Scientistis a global magazine for life sciences professionals. Read the articlehere.

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Ahmad Baraka March 27, 2013 at 11:24 pm

I totally agree with you,but the following points should be taken into consideration”

*There isn’t a political decision to end the water crisis all over the world,for example:India has a nuclear pump while 75% of the people have no water.

*Water should be managed away from business and political people because those people have transferred water into any commercial Commodity that bring money to them.

*Water management shouldn’t discussed only on the national level but on Earth (planet)level.

Christiane Barranguet April 2, 2013 at 8:12 am

Thank you for your input, Ahmad.


Behzad Farahjood November 15, 2013 at 11:16 am

Hello, Dr. Christiane Barranguet

What are your solutions about the Caspian Sea water crisis among 5 countries which they have no common procedures to control and manage each part of their basins?

I am talking about endangered sturgeon fishes living more than 200 million years and I will be so glad to hear your particular point of views about this challenging issue.

I am extremely thankful in advance and warmest regards.


Mr. hogarth March 11, 2014 at 9:58 am

well it's been over a year since this article and it seems the problem has only gotten worse. More water is being used to raise farm animals than is being used for other things. It's quite simple stop using water to raise animals to eat will drastically lower water crisis.