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.
Basically, we’re raising a lot more animals for food every year than there are people in the ENTIRE WORLD! 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.
How could one li’l burger be worth 660 GALLONS of water? Answer: 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).
Animals raised for food 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.
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.
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.