Animal-Based Vs. Plant-Based
Food Production Just in Terms of Water
Did you know even the UN knows…
…Freshwater makes up only
2 per cent of all water?
…70% of the world’s freshwater
is used in agriculture?
…80 per cent of agricultural land
is used for livestock feed?
…Meat and dairy products use 83% of farmland
and constitute 18% of our calories?
…On average your hamburger uses
3,140 liters of water?
…It takes 15,000 liters of water to produce
1 kilo (or 2 steaks) of beef?
…(While) producing 1kg of rice requires (just) around 3,500 Liters of water?
Water Management and Sanitation:
Human Vs. Animals for Human Consumption
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, animals at feeding operations—including CAFOs, houses, feedlots and other confinement facilities—produce 335 million tons of manure annually in the U.S. And that’s in dry weight. If you include the liquid fraction and waste from smaller farms, food animals produce 2 billion tons of manure per year, according to a report just published by the Rachel Carson Council (RCC), a science-based, nonprofit environmental group.American humans, on the other hand, produce 7 million tons of fecal material per year, as measured in dry weight. But unlike human waste, animal manure isn’t processed at all, says Robert Musil, head of the RCC, and that’s causing human health problems. Wing’s research, for example, has shown that people who live near hog farms have higher rates of asthma and breathing problems, and that CAFOs are disproportionately located in areas populated by African-Americans and other people of color. Flooding of these facilities also releases unsafe levels of bacteria downstream.Two Numbers: Animal Manure a Growing Headache in America