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The Best Way to Celebrate World Water Day?
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The Best Way to Celebrate World Water Day?

Posted 22 March 2011   by         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: water, dairy, environment, milk, meat

Today is World Water Day!

World Water Day is brought to you by the United Nations to remind us that over 1 billion people don't have access to clean water. It's staggering to think that nearly 4,000 kids die every day as a result. [1]

And this got me thinking… A lot of us have water restrictions affecting out gardening or our shower time, but these savings aren't even a drop in the ocean compared with what is used in the meat and dairy industries every day.

When I was at uni, we went to a cattle feedlot in Tungali in rural SA. I nearly fell over when the guide told me that in summer, a cow can drink up to 80 litres of water in a day. There were 3,000 thirsty cows jammed into this feedlot! That's almost a quarter of a million litres of water used a day just so people can eat unhealthy hamburgers made from the bodies of unfortunate cows in just one of the many feedlots across Oz.

Now while I wait for you to find your feet again, I'll let you in on some other scary stats:

  • To produce just one kilo of chicken meat takes 3,500 litres of water. [2]
  • To produce a kilo of beef takes 100,000 litres! [2]
  • And wait for it … over 12% of all the water used in the world is used to produce … milk! [3] Yep, dairy is undoubtedly the biggest guzzler of water in the world (not to mention one of the cruellest industries to boot)

So, if you're serious about saving water, you could refuse to shower for an entire year, let your garden dry up into a dust patch, and never ever wash the car. OR, you could join me to go vegan and reward yourself with some amazingly delicious cruelty-free food!

How will you be saving water on World Water Day (and every other day)?

Refs
[1] who.int/water_sanitation_health/2005advocacyguide.pdf
[2] unleashed.org.au/change_the_world/go_veg/environment.php
[3] water.gov.au/WaterUse/Agriculturalwateruse/index.aspx?Menu=Level1_4_4

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To think there are droughts where people can't even shower, and people dying and suffering due to lack clean drinking water. And yet the meat and dairy industries are using so much water each year, that without them we could give water to drought affected areas, and we could give clean drinking water to those who dying without it. sad
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Taxidermied Baphomet Taxidermied Baphomet 23 March 2011
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My god!! Im almost speachless, what are we doing in this world? The goverment wants us to save water in our homes (which i dont have a problem with), and raise our water bills but fail to mention how much of it is used for the dairy and meat industry!
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