Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Note from Professor of Foodservice

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Note from Professor of Foodservice

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Dear editor,

The often quoted, or rather misquoted, passage from Samuel Coleridge's (1772 - 1834):The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, '...water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink', is as relevant today as it was then. with something like 71% of the world's surface covered by water, only in the order of 3% is fresh. Hence, according to a UN-backed report, half of the world's population is living in unsanitary conditions without access to clean water, three billion of the world's most deprived people live in squalor without access to proper sanitation and one billion have no access to safe water at all.

Clean water for both drinking and sanitation is something we in the west take almost for granted, but it is rapidly becoming a scarce resource. The reasons for this are many and varied ranging from the man-made, such as increased industrialisation, urbanisation and population growth to the naturally occurring such as climate change and drought, although even here, there is an argument that these are also man-made.

Fresh water is required for aspects such as crop irrigation and animal husbandry, and the consumption of adequate amounts of water is essential for life itself; more so than food. we can go without food for some time but not water. even where water is relatively plentiful, there are those who do no consume enough and dehydration is common; this applies not only in hot climates but it is also a common phenomenon in Arctic countries. …

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