We’ve all heard the famous idiom 'Save Water, Shower Together’ … unfortunately, if California’s current drought is any indication, that isn’t enough. As someone who was raised in California, we were often told to shower for a shorter period, to let the front lawn go yellow, and many more excuses…. not ONCE we’re we told to eat less meat. Well, as it turns out, the crisis around water is mostly impacted by farming animals for meat consumption.
According to OneGreenPlanet.Org:
- Nearly half of all the water used in the United States goes to raising animals for food (“The Food Revolution” by John Robbins). It takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of meat and only 25 gallons to produce one pound of wheat (“Water Inputs in California Food Production” by Marcia Kreith)
- To produce a day’s food for one meat-eater takes over 4,000 gallons; for a lacto-ovo vegetarian, only 1200 gallons; for a vegan, only 300 gallons (The Vegetarian Times Complete Cookbook)
- Animals raised for food produce approximately 130 times as much excrement as the entire human population and animal farms pollute our waterways more than all other industrial sources combined. Run-offs of animal waste, pesticides, chemicals, fertilizers, hormones and antibiotics are contributing to dead zones in coastal areas, degradation of coral reef and health problems. (The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency).
If we want to save the planet, we need to change how we eat on a massive level. It starts individually, and ripples outward. Eat vegan, tell your family to eat vegan, tell your friends to eat vegan, and let’s conserve some f*&$king water!