Cutting out meat will save water
- Over 1 billion people worldwide do not have access to clean water and more than double do not have proper sanitation.
- By 2025 there will be 1.8 billion people living with absolute water scarcity.
- Farming accounts for around 70% of all freshwater withdrawn from lakes, waterways and aquifers.
- Meat production, especially the feeding of cattle, is a particularly water-intensive process.
- Livestock production accounts for over 8% of global human water consumption.
- Estimates of the water required to produce a kilo of beef vary, from 13,000 litres up to 100,000 litres. The water required to produce a kilo of wheat is somewhere between 1,000-2,000 litres.
- Agricultural products account for 73% of the total water footprint.
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