The he end of the Burger? Hard to imagine even though the facts make it look inevitable. Well unless you are Mitt Romney or some other one percenter….
It takes about 1,800 gallons of water to make a pound of grain-fed beef. That’s the decent stuff, the beef that isn’t fed with detritus like pieces of other cows. Other meat products require less water during production, but all need at least some. With humans increasingly using meat as a protein source and with the number of humans increasing as well, we will use more and more water to produce meat in a world that has less water to spare.
Something’s got to give — and the best place to cut back is meat consumption. From the Guardian:
Leading water scientists have issued one of the sternest warnings yet about global food supplies, saying that the world’s population may have to switch almost completely to a vegetarian diet over the next 40 years to avoid catastrophic shortages.
Humans derive about 20% of their protein from animal-based…
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