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Importing goods, exporting drought

What we eat, drink and consume requires far more water than most of us imagine

We need far more water to support our lifestyles than most of us imagine.

Join our expert panel to discuss the increassingly thristy lifestyles of countries such as the UK. Our panel includes Andy Wales, Head of Sustainable Development for SABMiller brewers, Robin Farrington, WWF and the event will be chaired by BBC's George Alagiah.

There is a hidden cost of what we eat, drink and consume, from coffee to t-shirts; food to computers. All the goods we consume each day require a lot water to be grown and processed.

Huge amounts of the food we eat and the cotton that make our clothes are now grown in drier parts of the world. The UK relies on over 60% of its virtual water needs from imports.

Is it time we start thinking about our water footprint?


Chair: George Alagiah, BBC | talks | www
Speaker: Andy Wales, SABMiller | talks | www
Speaker: Robin Farrington, WWF | talks | www


Date and Time:

14 October 2009 at 7:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



21st Century Challenges, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
1 Kensington Gore
020 7591 3000

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