The Global Water Footprint of Key Crops

In order to grow the corn for your tortilla and the cotton for your T-shirt, farmers rely on freshwater from the world's river basins. Whether crops get
watered by rain only or by irrigation as well, much of the water gets "consumed" through evaporation or transpiration, and so is no longer locally available.
Click to learn more about the water embedded in everyday items, and calculate your own water footprint.

barley
cocoa
coconut
coffee
corn
cotton
grapes
nuts
olives
rice
soybeans
sugarcane
wheat
indus
indus
miss
nelson
parana
sanjoaquin
volta

Sources and Partners: Water Footprint Network, The Nature Conservancy

Illustrations by Timm Kekeritz

Graphic Designed by Stephen Rountree : Code Created by Sam Forman