Many people know that the more animal products you consume, the more water you use. One of the easiest ways to slim your water footprint is to eliminate meat and dairy from your diet or at least cut down on consumption. Below are a few facts and statistics that may help put into perspective, how much water you may actually be using if you consume animal products.
- Below is a chart showing how much water (in gallons) and food (in lbs) 7 billion humans use in comparison to just 1.5 million cows.
- It takes about 660 gallons of water to produce 1/4 pound of hamburger meat and it takes about 1,000 gallons of water to produce 1 gallon of milk.
- Worldwide, the meat and dairy industries use 30 percent of our fresh water every day.
- It takes about 4,000 gallons of water to produce the average meat eaters diet per day.
- A quarter pounder is worth more than 30 average 1st world showers.
- A serving of poultry costs about 90 gallons of water to produce.
- 477 gallons of water are required to produce 1lb. of eggs; almost 900 gallons of water are needed for 1lb. of cheese.
Going plant-based makes a bigger impact than any other action you can take. Here’s an example: If you gave up showering, you’d save less water than what’s required to make a single pound of beef. Not beef for a whole year, just one miserable pound. A whole year’s worth of showers takes about 5,200 gallons, but it takes 5,214 gallons to produce a single pound of beef. By going plant-based, you would also be cutting your average daily footprint from about 4,000 gallons to about 300 gallons.
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-The Vegan Lily