Friday, August 17, 2007

Beef Factoids: Water

From Jay Weinstein's The Ethical Gourmet:

here are some comparisons for how many liters of water it takes to produce 1 kilo of various agricultural products:

Potatoes: 500 liters
Wheat: 900 liters
Sorghum: 1,110 liters
Maize: 1,400 liters
Soybeans: 2,000 liters
Chicken: 3,500 liters

Beef (feedlot): 100,000 liters

Maize and Soybeans are grown primarily for feed.

These numbers continue to astound.

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