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An Overview of Drinking Water

Posted on March 22, 2012

Drinking water or potable water is water pure enough to be consumed or used with low risk of immediate or long term harm. In most developed countries, the water supplied to households, commerce and industry is all of drinking water standard, even though only a very small proportion is actually consumed or used in food preparation. Typical uses include washing or landscape irrigation. Over large parts of the world, humans have inadequate access to potable water and use sources contaminated with disease vectors, pathogens or unacceptable levels of toxins or suspended solids. Drinking or using such water in food preparation leads to widespread acute and chronic illnesses and is a major cause of death and misery in many countries. Reduction of waterborne diseases is…

March 22 – World Water Day

Posted on March 22, 2012

World Water Day

Five Food Finds about Water

  • Over 70 percent of an adult’s body is made up of water.
  • The recommended daily intake of water is 8 cups per day, but it can come through the consumption of food as well.
  • There’s more fresh water stored under the ground in aquifers than on the earth’s surface.
  • Drinking too much water too quickly causes water intoxication, caused by reduced sodium (salt) levels in the blood stream.  Some confuse this with a “runner’s high”.
  • Of all the water on the earth, humans can use about three tenths of a percent of it for drinking water.

Daily Quote

“My fake plants died because I didn’t pretend to water them.”

-Mitch Hedberg

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1841 Cornstarch was patented by Orlando Jones in England.

1960 R.I.P. Agnes Arber the British botanist who wrote ‘Herbals: Their Origin and Evolution‘ (1912) and ‘The Gramineae: A Study of Cereal, Bamboo and Grass‘ (1934).

1975 ‘Lady Marmalade’ by LaBelle is #1 on the charts.  (Marmalade is a French name for Jam or Jelly.)

Water Water Everywhere

Posted on March 22, 2010

Water has been used since antiquity as a symbol by which to express devotion and purity. Some cultures, like the ancient Greeks, went as far as to worship gods who were thought to live in and command the waters. Throughout our history, the places we’ve been able and unable to live in have been defined by water. The fertile crescent, the so-called “birthplace of civilization”, is fertile because of the presence of water in the soil. Since then most of our cities have been built in consideration of nearby lakes, rivers, and wells. Wars have been fought for the land nearest an easily-accessible water supply. With two-thirds of the earth’s surface covered by water and the human body consisting of 50-75 percent water (depending…

  

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