27 Aug '12, 6pm

Your meat-eating days are almost over, water experts say

Your meat-eating days are almost over, water experts say

It takes about 1,800 gallons of water to make a pound of grain-fed beef. That’s the decent stuff, the beef that isn’t fed with detritus like pieces of other cows . Other meat products require less water during production, but all need at least some. With humans increasingly using meat as a protein source and with the number of humans increasing as well , we will use more and more water to produce meat in a world that has less water to spare. Here is a lot of water surrounding one cow, kind of the reverse of the actual problem. (Photo by indi.ca .) Something’s got to give — and the best place to cut back is meat consumption. From the Guardian : Leading water scientists have issued one of the sternest warnings yet about global food supplies, saying that the world’s population may have to switch almost completely to a vegetarian diet over the next 40 years to avoid catastroph...

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