The future of fresh water is under threat, so why are we wasting so much to produce animal products?
Producing meat, eggs and dairy is thirsty work!
Unlike the majority of vegan foods, to raise animals to eat requires vast amounts of water. Animals need water to:
- drink and to wash
- for cleaning their living spaces
- to cool them during hot periods
This is in addition to all the water needed in the slaughter process and to produce the grain to feed them!
Unsurprisingly, the United Nations describes animal agriculture as having ‘an enormous impact on water use’. [i]
If you want to save water – eat vegan!
[i] Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, 2006. ‘Livestock’s role in water depletion and pollution’ ftp://ftp.fao.org/docrep/fao/010/a0701e/a0701e04.pdf [Assessed 20 October 2014].
[ii] Water Footprint Network, 2011. http://www.waterfootprint.org/Reports/Report49-WaterFootprintSoy.pdf / [Assessed 20 October 2014].