publication . Article . 2016

Assessing the Blue and Green Water Footprint of Lucerne for Milk Production in South Africa

Morné Erwin Scheepers; Henry Jordaan;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2016 Journal: Sustainability, volume 8, page 49 (eissn: 2071-1050, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: MDPI AG
The Global Water Footprint Standard approach was used to calculate the volumetric blue and green water footprint indicator for lucerne production as important feed for dairy cows in a major lucerne production region in South Africa. The degree of sustainability of water use then was assessed by comparing water use to water availability for the region. The results show a volumetric water footprint indicator of 378 m 3 /tonne of lucerne. Of the total blue and green water footprint, 55% is green water footprint and 45% is blue water footprint. Thus, albeit in a major irrigation area of South Africa, the largest component of the total water requirement is met by eff...
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free text keywords: water footprint, sustainable water use, South Africa, lucerne production, Irrigation, Water resource management, Farm water, Agriculture, business.industry, business, Environmental science, Sustainability, Environmental engineering, Footprint, Water scarcity, Water conservation, Water use, lcsh:Environmental effects of industries and plants, lcsh:TD194-195, lcsh:Renewable energy sources, lcsh:TJ807-830, lcsh:Environmental sciences, lcsh:GE1-350
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