Environmental effects of meat production

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Tons of water used in meat production

Globally, this year

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Tons of water used in meat production

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The environmental effects of meat production...
are pretty serious. Meat production contributes to the global water crisis and cattle and other livestock animals generate a lot of waste and greenhouse gas.

Top 4 facts about water use in meat production

1

Meat production requires gigantic amounts of water

It requires at least 15,500 liters of water to produce 1 kilo of beef. In total, meat production demands more than 2,000 trillion tons of water every year (that's 63 million liters a second!). In less than 40 hours that’s enough to provide drinking water for everyone on earth for a year.


2

Meat contributes to the global water crisis

The ground water level is falling dramatically in China, India and the USA. This is serious - especially as these 3 countries currently produce half of the world’s food.


3

And that’s not all

Worldwide, cattle and other livestock animals generate an estimated 13 billion tons of waste every year. This is the weight of the Eiffel tower every 24 seconds. The problem of what to do with this waste is increasing.


4

Meat and global warming

Surprisingly, the burps and farts by cattle and other livestock animals account for 18 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. That's more than the total emissions from the transport sector.



Water use in meat production

Global meat consumption is the following: Beef: 0.064 gigatons, sheep & goat: 0.012 gigatons, pork: 0.100 gigatons, poultry & egg: 0.139 gigatons. Water use per kilo of meat is the following: Beef: 15,500 liters, sheep & goat: 5,050 liters, pork: 4,800 liters, poultry & egg: 3,600 liters. This gives a total of 2,033,000,000,000 tons of water Estimates of water use from meat production vary. For example, some estimates put water use for 1 kilo of beef at an astonishing 100,000 liters.


Meat production requires gigantic amounts of water

Meat contributes to the global water crisis

And that’s not all

Meat and global warming

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