Did you know that only 5% of all water used in the United States is for home/personal use.
Ever wonder where all of the other water goes? According to studies 55% of all water used in the United states is for animal agriculture. Yep, it’s true. 56% of water ultimately consumed in the US of A is by animals. California alone exports 100 BILLION gallons of water found in alfalfa to Asia that is used in meat and dairy production.
Additionally, it takes 2,500 gallons of water (that’s a lot of showers) to produce just 1 pound of beef. If you decided to forego just one hamburger, you could take a shower a day for 60 days!
Do you think milk is an innocent bystander? Not hardly. It takes 1,000 gallons of water to make only 1 gallon of milk. So does milk really do a body good? Or is the consumption of milk and meat killing the planet that is home to those bodies?*
A LITTLE MORE INFO TO CONTEMPLATE
Cows are drinking up most of our valuable water but did you know they are also responsible for putting over a quarter of million wild horses behind bars? As difficult as it may be to comprehend, there is simply not enough land to allow horses to be free on the range. Why you ask? Because that land is now needed for grazing and feedlots to feed cows. It takes 10 to 50 acres of land to feed one “grass fed” cow.
The global crisis of making sure cows get fed so our bodies can be loaded with heart-deadening animal protein is somewhat incomprehensible. In addition to horses being corralled and no longer able to roam freely, we are losing nearly 70% of the Amazonian rain forest to deforestation for cows!
We simply must discuss eggs too! Fact is that hens were meant to produce about 15 eggs a year, which equates to a little over a dozen. However, due to years of genetic manipulation and selective breeding they now produce over 300 eggs per year. They live in horrible conditions and oftentimes pull out their own feathers from stress. Baby chicks are torn from their mothers just moments after birth and put to work so people can have their byproducts over easy or sunny-side-up.
*Source: The Cowspiracy Cookbook
Editor’s Note: I don’t want to be preachy in any of my content but rather inform readers of the current crises facing the planet and humankind. I would hope that you take the time to consider the information and contemplate making some adjustments, no matter how small, to your everyday life.