Your Broccoli Is Way Too Thirsty: Ritholtz Chart

Barry Ritholtz is a Bloomberg View columnist. He founded Ritholtz Wealth Management and was chief executive and director of equity research at FusionIQ, a quantitative research firm. He blogs at the Big Picture and is the author of “Bailout Nation: How Greed and Easy Money Corrupted Wall Street and Shook the World Economy.”
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The rain in California over the weekend offered some relief from the extreme drought conditions the state has been suffering through recently. Some scientists have observed that the Golden State may be experiencing its driest period in 500 years.

The state's lovely climate is ideal for growing many fruits and vegetables, and farmers are among its largest consumers of water.

Which leads us to this fascinating chart. It shows how much water it takes to grow certain agricultural products. Who knew it took 5 gallons of water to produce a head of broccoli?

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(Barry Ritholtz writes about finance, the economy and the business world for Bloomberg View. Follow him on Twitter @Ritholtz.)

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