California Water Restrictions and your Burger

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In this PBS video, the newscaster asks California’s governor if the highest agricultural users of water should be singled out to reduce use in the southwest drought.  He mentions almonds, which take a lot of water to grow compared to other fruit and nuts.  But he fails to mention the agricultural industry of growing beef.

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It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. This is due to the corn and feed that must be grown to grow a cow through it’s lifetime.  So next time you eat a hamburger, remember that it is equivalent to taking 25 showers (625 gallons of water). Most people eating a standard American diet eat twice this amount of meat every day.  The water wastage and amount of crop area needed to grow this kind of animal feed is mind boggling. If only we could grow plant food for human consumption with that water instead, it would go a lot further to feeding more people.  Meat is a luxury, one that has made us fat and sick in developed countries and also accounts for too much of our water consumption. Make a change and become a vegetarian or vegan, not just for your own health, but for the plant’s health too.

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