11 Jun '11, 10pm

Which crop is the biggest water hog? (Warning: You’re not gonna like the answer.) via @grist

I'm sorry, but this list is just plain meaningless. What kind of farming are you talking about for each product? Is this factory farming of beef, or is this sustainable farming? They have nothing in common, and that goes for all these categories. My friend who raises pastured dairy cows, sheep, pigs and chickens just posted a photo of new grass growing in the field where she had pastured some of her animals briefly. In a drought, in mid-90's temps, new grass is springing up because the cows ate half the grass and trampled down the rest. Sounds bad, but in fact the manure has fertilized the field and the trampled blades of grass provide mulch that holds moisture on the grass roots, and here in the Southeast there is dew every morning to water the grass, which the mulch retains. The trampled grass will become food for worms, who will produce the perfect pH and nutrients for ...

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