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World Water Day: How Much Is at ‘Steak’?

Written by PETA | March 22, 2010

The message in a bottle has been a cultural mainstay since ancient times. The first person known to send one was Greek philosopher Theophrastus around 310 B.C.E. But I’m willing to bet that PETA Germany’s message in 4,000 bottles is the first of its kind.



In observance of World Water Day, PETA Germany placed this aqueous installation on the sidewalk of Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz to remind people that it takes 4,000 liters of water to produce one steak, while it only takes 1,100 liters to grow a vegan enough food for a whole day.

It’s a fact that no one can dilute: You can save more water by not eating 1 pound of beef than you can by giving up showers for an entire year. In addition to saving the lives of more than 100 animals per year, going vegan is the best way to conserve water and the most sustainable way of life for people and the planet.

Written by Logan Scherer

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  • Sjdasdja says:

    After reading this, I guess I’ll just flush my toilet, cause I’m vegetarian!

  • ron smith says:

    the best thing the human race could do would be to eliminate it self for the good of the rest of the earth the thought of another species eating another’s species flesh for nourishment is outrages and unheard of in the rest of the animal world go peta

  • Jay says:

    I don’t know how often you shower but please no alibi for doing it more often because the waste of water is awful stuff. The responsibility for every action to keep in mind is always important! And it’s not only the water it’s also the grain. I read somewhere 20 to 1.

  • Tom says:

    Mike some are yes. some irrigate when it’s least effective and some of the methods themselves waste water.

  • moo.lennon. says:

    well 2 wins for me!i barely showeri know embarrasing! and im a vegetarian!so i wonder how much water i save?…a lot.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Anthony Why do I need to read The Vegetarian Myth Food Justice and Sustainability? Tom Are you saying that farmers are currently wasting water with their irrigation practices?

  • anthony russo says:

    you need to read The Vegetarian Myth Food Justice and Sustainability by Lierre Keith

  • Alex Macias says:

    OMG Great job!

  • EVA says:

    Good job PETA GERMANY! Eat no meat!Also wash your car once in a while and recycle rain water to water plants ! Every little thing you can do helps to preserve nature and save our precious animals.

  • Tom says:

    There are a lot of things that could be done to conserve water. Using less wasteful methods to irrigate plants would save thousands of gallons of water as well.

  • Aneliese says:

    Well done! This should air on television!