The Meat Industry Wastes Water

Published by PETA Staff.
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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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