Thursday, October 25, 2007

Part of why California is a tinderbox

This is from a comment on Common Dreams:

On October 23rd, 2007, an essay in the Los Angeles Times by Dorothy Green and Jamie Simons said that “agriculture uses about 80% of California’s developed water.” According to “Plant Roots” by Rex Bowlby, 80% of that 80% goes to support animal agriculture.

Eating meat wastes huge amounts of water. It takes 4,000 gallons of water to produce one pound of California beef. Feeding the average meat eater requires approximately 4,000 gallons of water a day. A vegetarian diet needs 1,200 gallons of water a day. For vegans, it is only 300 gallons of water a day.

Eating less meat or, better yet, no meat at all is a major step in the right direction.

Yes, it is - for all sorts of reasons. And don't forget: livestock is one of the primary producers of greenhouse gases.

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