Africa in reality is a rich continent
But, Africa is being exploited by major and former colonial powers.
Watch the program by ARD First German TV channel on South Africa’s water crisis and the corrupt dealings of Swiss Nestlé.
Not only is water scarce in Africa but despite thta fact South Africa is exporting water, not in liquid form but by being a major food exporter.
But, also the production of steel translates into water. It is more visible how much water any kind of production requires if one relates it to products of daily use.
The production of beef for instance relates to 15,500 litres per kilogram that of a T-shirt: 2700 litres
1 kg of rice: 3,400 litres
A 4 sheet of paper: 10 litres for one page
Goat: 4000 litres per kg
Cotton: 11,000 litres per kg
Cheese: 5000 litres per kg
Maize: 900 litres per kg
cup of coffee: 140 litres per 150 ml
an apple: 70 litres.
After peak gold had been reached many years ago, peak oil was reached in 2007, at the end of 2010 in Egypt peak water had been reached and that is why food became scarce. In South Africa but also in Argentina acid mine drainage water (AMD) poses a severe problem and the costs are huge, bigger than all the gold ever could pay for. In this sense water is more precious than gold.
Water is the only commodity that can not be substituted.
We can help making sources available (such as fossil water, artesian waters, sea water) that so far have not been usable because of contamination as we are able to purify those sources with a very low energy and 60% less cost than any other reverse osmosis technology.
Usually, desalinisation is a death spiral as one needs more energy than what can be achieved as output. Not so with our technology!
Our method is the only one that is energy and cost efficient, especially because we do not use any chemicals for keeping water fresh and healthy. The best development aid is to invest into people’s water security. This is for all social classes!
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