Urban Food Consumption and Associated Water Resources: The Example of Dutch Cities


Science of The Total Environment
D. Vanham
T.N. Mak
B.M. Gawlik
15 September 2016

This paper analyzes the dependency of urban inhabitants on the resource water for food consumption, by means of Dutch cities. This paper found that in extremely urbanized municipalities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam, people eat more meat and cereals and less potatoes than in other Dutch municipalities. Their current water footprint (WF) related to food consumption is therefore higher (3245l/cap/day) than in strongly urbanized cities (3126l/cap/day).