The Water We Eat

Combining Virtual Water and Water Footprints

  • Marta Antonelli
  • Francesca Greco

Part of the Springer Water book series (SPWA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. To Begin: Virtual Water and the Water Footprint

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Francesca Greco, Marta Antonelli
      Pages 3-15
  3. Virtual Water, Humans and the Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Eva Alessi, Gianfranco Bologna
      Pages 51-59
    3. Lynne Chatterton
      Pages 61-68
    4. Carlo Petrini
      Pages 69-77
    5. Andrea Segrè, Luca Falasconi, Cecilia Bellettato
      Pages 79-89
    6. Francesca Greco, Marta Antonelli
      Pages 91-102
  4. The Italian Case

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Monia Santini, Maria Cristina Rulli
      Pages 139-143
    3. Paola Allamano, Pierluigi Claps, Paolo D’Odorico, Francesco Laio, Luca Ridolfi, Stefania Tamea
      Pages 145-158
    4. Roberto Roson, Martina Sartori
      Pages 159-174
    5. Antonio Massarutto
      Pages 175-186
    6. Luca Ruini, Laura Campra, Carlo Alberto Pratesi, Ludovica Principato, Massimo Marino, Sonia Pignatelli
      Pages 187-206
  5. Water in Food

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Lucrezia Lamastra
      Pages 209-228
    3. Maria Cristina Rulli, Arianna Veroni, Renzo Rosso
      Pages 229-241

About this book


This book pursues a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach in order to analyze the relationship between water and food security. It demonstrates that most of the world’s economies lack sufficient water resources to secure their populations’ food requirements and are thus virtual importers of water. One of the most inspiring cases, which this book is rooted in, is Italy: the third largest net virtual water importer on earth. The book also shows that the sustainability of water depends on the extent to which societies recognize and take into account its value and contribution to agricultural production. Due to the large volumes of water required for food production, water and food security are in fact inextricably linked. Contributions from leading international experts and scholars in the field use the concepts of virtual water and water footprints to explain this relationship, with an eye to the empirical examples of wine, tomato and pasta production in Italy. This book provides a valuable resource for all researchers, professionals, policymakers and everyone else interested in water and food security.


Food Production Food Security Sustainability of Water Virtual Water Water Footprint Water Footprint of Tomatoes Water Footprint of Wine Water Scarcity Water Security

Editors and affiliations

  • Marta Antonelli
    • 1
  • Francesca Greco
    • 2
  1. 1.University IUAV of VeniceVeniceItaly
  2. 2.GeographyKing's College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

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