When I think of how much water I consume, and where it comes from I think of Spain. Here in the Netherlands, most of the fresh produce is labeled with the country of origin. I eat a variety of fruits and vegetables and I see Spain on a lot of my fresh produce purchases. In that sense, I consume Spain’s water through “virtual” water found in fruits such as mangoes and oranges. When I first saw these labels, before I took this course, I pictured tropical orchards and lush farms as the source of my food. Then, in doing external research, I came across an article that shocked me.
This “sea of plastic” looks like something out of a dystopian future film, I could not believe it was reality. Since learning this information I have been considering what actions to take. On one hand I do not want to support these sorts of growing operations with but on the other, I want to eat strawberries. Becoming an informed consumer is so important, yet it leads to some hard decisions.
Expectation photo: https://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-orange-orchard-morning-northern-thailand-image77383938
Reality photo: https://www.ecowatch.com/europes-dirty-little-secret-moroccan-slaves-and-a-sea-of-plastic-1882131257.html