It claims you can save 1,300 gallons of water if you:
– don’t flush your toilet for six months, OR
– don’t take a shower for three months, OR
– for lunch today, don’t eat one burger.
Turns out, this is FICTION.
Let’s look at how the cow (behind that burger) really measures up.
There are many misleading or confusing reports about the amount of water that goes into producing a kilogram of beef or growing a bushel of wheat, for example.
The simplistic math that is sometimes used to calculate water consumption ignores the reality that in crops, water falls as rain or snow before it evaporates or moves through the soils and is recirculated. It’s the same for livestock. It doesn’t make sense to say that animals drink water and then it’s lost forever. Animals retain only a very small fraction of the water they consume. Most of the water they drink is recycled back in the environment.
So, what about water? Here’s the #RealDirt on how consumption really stacks up:
• A mature sheep drinks between four and nine litres of water per day
• A mature beef animal drinks 35 – 65 litres of water per day, depending on their feed source and the outside temperature.
• A dairy cow drinks 80 – 160 litres of water, and produces about 27 litres of milk per day (DYK milk is 88 per cent water)
• Canadians use up to 350 litres of water per day per person – the second highest rate in the world
• A five-minute shower with a standard shower head uses 100 litres of water
• A single load of laundry can use up to 225 litres of water
Enjoy your lunch burger!
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