A pound of beef requires 3,000 gallons of water - expert
MANILA, Philippines - Meat-based diet places pressure on water resources, a sustainability expert stressed.
This as one of the consequences of obesity, said Catherin Cameron, a visiting fellow from the University of Oxford, in a presentation at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) forum on Tuesday, November 6.
"We are reaching the earth's limits. Our way of life is the dark force that is threatening our way of life," she said.
"In most countries, 30% to 80% of adult population are obese," she added.
She compared the water resources needed by different diets, ranging from vegetable- to meat-based ones.
Eating a pound of grain fed beef involves using 3,000 gallons of water, she stressed in the table below.
|How much water?|
|1 pound of lettuce||23 gallons|
|1 pound of tomatoes||23 gallons|
|1 pound of potatoes||24 gallons|
|1 pound of wheat||25 gallons|
|1 pound of carrots||33 gallons|
|1 pound of apples||49 gallons|
|1 pound of chicken||815 gallons|
|1 pound of pork||1,630 gallons|
|1 pound grain fed beef||3,000 gallons|
"You can have growth now or sustainability forever, you can't have both," she stressed. - Rappler.com