Water needed to produce:
Potatoes: 60 gallons per pound
Wheat: 108 gallons per pound
Corn: 168 gallons per pound
Rice: 229 gallons per pound
Soybeans: 240 gallons per pound
Beef: 12,009 gallons per pound
16 pounds of wheat and soy per 1 pound of beef
“The average U.S. resident eats over 200 pounds of meat a year, or more than 1/2 pound per day.”
According to the USDA, one pound of ground lean beef has 1,197.5 calories. The USDA lists one pound of potatoes as containing 288 calories.
925 million people are hungry.
Every day, almost 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes. That’s one child every five seconds.
884 million people lack access to safe water supplies; approximately one in eight people.
3.575 million people die each year from water-related disease.
Millions of women and children spend several hours a day collecting water from distant, often polluted sources.
At any given time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from diseases associated with lack of access to safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene.
Even if you’re terrible at math, you can figure out the devastation the production of meat is perpetuating in the U.S. and around the world. To reallocate all this food and water to produce meat (that also ends up being unhealthy because of the way it’s produced and is full of antibiotics and other chemicals), is irresponsible and counter-productive when regarding world hunger and global issues like water and the environment. So, you either support the meat and dairy industry in this travesty or you oppose this horrible practice. And in case you’re wondering how you support or oppose (and it’s either one or other), it’s by what you buy/eat. So next time, think before you eat. (MC)