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The Meat Industry Wastes Water

Written by PETA | October 15, 2010
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Today we’re joining thousands of bloggers from around the world who are participating in Blog Action Day, an annual event in which bloggers post about a common worthy cause—such as preserving water.

So let’s dive right into the deep end by taking stock of how much water is wasted when animals are raised for food

  • Nearly half of all the water used in the U.S. goes to raising animals for food.
  • It takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce just 1 pound of meat, but it takes just 25 gallons to grow 1 pound of wheat.
  • You save more water by not eating a pound of meat than you do by not showering for six months!
  • It requires more than 4,000 gallons of water per day to produce food for a typical meat-eater but only 300 gallons of water to produce food for a typical vegan.

So what’re you waiting for? Help someone you know take the plunge—persuade him or her to try a vegan diet today!

Written by Amy Skylark Elizabeth

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  • dwight says:

    Sounds very simple just eat veggies.  What will you do with the millions of folks employed in the farming& ranching business not to mention the meat industry , plus restaurant and food industry.  The idea of significant numbers of people going vegan in the world is insignificant.  Even in Asia and lower income countries meat and fish is in the diet, although at lower rates.  Reducing meat consumption might help in reducing obesity although sedentary life styles probably has more to do with it than anything.  Getting rid of dairy products will never happen,  that is totally unrealistic, cheese is enjoyed by everyone.  

  • rebecca says:

    I feel so bad for the animals killed in factory farms just so another fat dude can eat McDonald’s!

  • ma *** says:

    THE FRIGG????????

  • giovanni Di placido says:

    The simple act of choosing a healthier life style, a person can make the planet a healthier place to live. A vegan lives longer, consumes less petroleum,water,and space.

  • BUNKER says:

    I wish people were more aware of how good for the environment Veganism is. It is sad that over 3 BILLION people in the world have no access to clean safe water. Half of our population! The worlds resources are distributed so unfairly and unethically!

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    Back in the day when I was teaching school children how to handmilk cows, I would tell them how the average milk cow needed to drink about 30 gallons of water a day to produce milk.  Now imagine every milk cow in every dairy in the United States drinking 30 gallons each a day….start those calculators!!