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Shocking Ways Your Water Is Being Wasted

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Posted September 5, 2014 by Hannah Healy

There are 7 billion people on the planet, compared to 70 billion animals who are used for food—a number that has increased drastically over time.

Population Animals Used for Food

 Basically, we’re raising a lot more animals for food every year than there are people in the ENTIRE WORLD!

Animal agriculture uses MORE THAN 50 percent of the water used in the United States.

Domestic Ag Water Usage

Can you IMAGINE? More than 50 percent of America’s water is being used to raise animals for food!

It takes 660 GALLONS of water to produce only 1/4 pound of hamburger meat.

Burger Water Gif

 How could one li’l burger be worth 660 GALLONS of water???

More that 70 percent of the grains and cereals grown in the United States are fed to animals on farms (another gigantic pull on our water resources).

Cow Soy Field

Animals eat large quantities of grain, soybeans, oats, and corn while producing small amounts of meat, dairy products, and eggs in return. If the world went vegan, we could feed an entire village with those plants instead of just one family.

Farms require drinking water for billions of animals each year and for cleaning away the filth on factory farms, on transport trucks, and in slaughterhouses.

This is another example of how MASSIVE amounts of water are wasted in order to produce limited amounts of animal flesh and animal products.

Every second, our nation’s factory farms produce roughly 89,000 pounds of waste, which contaminates our water supply.

Cow Covered In Poo

People living near factory farms are at constant risk of having their water supplies contaminated. There have been multiple examples of disease outbreaks caused by such contamination, including as a result of E. coli and pfiesteria.

Factory Farming Kills Cow

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that chicken, pig, and cattle excrement has polluted 35,000 miles of rivers in 22 states and contaminated groundwater in 17 states.

A new documentary EXPOSES the TRUTH about animal agriculture.

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is the new must-see movie this summer. This riveting documentary was produced by Kip Andersen, an amateur filmmaker who became increasingly concerned about the environment after seeing An Inconvenient Truth. While the film inspired him to recycle more, take shorter showers, and use energy-efficient lighting, he felt like he wasn’t doing enough to counter climate change and other environmental problems. After doing some research, he realized that animal agriculture is destroying the Earth more than any other industry—but many environmental groups aren’t talking about it.

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