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- Meat Makes the Planet Thirsty: Beef turns out to have an overall
water footprint of roughly four million gallons per ton produced. By
contrast, the water footprint for “sugar crops” like sugar beets is
about 52,000 gallons per ton; for vegetables it’s 85,000 gallons per
ton; and for starchy roots it’s about 102,200 gallons per ton. Changing
one’s diet to replace 50 percent of animal products with edible plants
like legumes, nuts and tubers results in a 30 percent reduction in an
individual’s food-related water footprint.
Alfalfa growers are now exporting some 100 billion gallons of water a year from drought-ridden California to the other side of the world in the form of alfalfa.