Freshwater conservation

Water Cattle Consumption

Cattle Industry Gulps Our Water Reservation.

Persistently, there is stock of more than 1 billion cows in ranches all over the world to indulge us with the delicacy of beef. Just imagine how to feed them:  30 percent of the earth’s entire land surface is turned into pasture, including 33 percent of the global arable land used to producing feed for livestock (FAO report, Livestock’s Long Shadow -Environmental Issues and Options).  Now, how about the cattle water consumption?

Beef Production is a Thirsty Industry.

A milking cow will requires 30 gallon to drink per day, while dry cow and beef cattle drinks less, 12 gallon a day. A cattle house  also requires a large amount of water for sanitary purpose, just imagine how much water will be needed for this as in the Amazon region of South America alone there are 100,000 beef ranchers and 800,000 ranchers in US.  Growing corps for their food also requires significant amounts of water. So much is the water withdrawn for producing beef that over half of the water used in the United States goes to beef production.

Producing 1 Kg. beef requires 100,000 liters fresh water. 

By calculating the need of  water to grow the animal’s consumption, David Pimentel, professor of ecology in Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences,  discovered that  amount of fresh water needed to produce 1 kg beef is incredible : 100,000 liters!   Yes, 100,000 liters livestock water and should be all freshwater!  Just to remind you that freshwater represents only about three percent of all water on Earth and freshwater lakes and swamps account for a stingy 0.29 percent of the Earth’s freshwater. Our planet is facing a serious water crisis.

But the harm to the water does not stop here. Cattle industry does not only gulp our water reservation, it also pollutes and contaminates this scare water reservation. The pollution and contamination are sourced from the cow’s wastes, antibiotics and hormones, fertilizers and the pesticides used to in growing feed crops. The extensive overgrazing has as well disturbed water cycles, decreasing replenishment of above and below ground water resources.

 What You Can Do:

 Except the Methane emission and deforestation triggered by this beef industry, you have learned now that it also threatens the freshwater conservation. Beef is the thirstiest meat; Prof. Pimentel further noted that  1 kg pork only needs 3,260 liter, chicken 12.665 liters, soybean production uses 2,000 liters for kilogram of food produced.  So it  will help a lot if we eat less beef and vary our diet  with other meat or even better replacing  meat with soybean, hemp and other base plant protein sources which are more eco-friendly. Reducing your consumption of beef can save many: the rainforest, the atmosphere and the freshwater reservation.

There are lots of alternative protein sources than just meat; they even offer healthier diet for your heart. Here they are :

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