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WHERE THRIVING GRASSLANDS GROW, SO DOES HOPE
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5.18.20
IT TAKES TOO MUCH WATER TO PRODUCE ANIMAL PROTEIN.
by Force of Nature
 

Most of the droplets below represent "green water," or rainfall that would have occurred whether or not the cattle grazed in that particular location. “Blue water" represents water that has been sourced from surface or groundwater resources. Beef requires only 280 gallons of “blue water" per pound, which is less than the amount required to produce a pound of avocados, walnuts, or sugar. Additionally, I find the water argument frustrating because it fails to consider humans’ impact on the water cycle.  How many gallons of water it takes for us to grow? – drink/day (although we never turn into food to nourish others), take a shower, brush our teeth, water our lawns.  Unscientifically speaking, I imagine that most people water their yards with more water than it takes to hydrate an animal which will feed their family for an entire year. See our blog post, THE MYTH OF TOO MUCH WATER.