Meatless Monday

 I attended a workshop on Friday and one of the presentations was titled “Vegan and Vegetarian Options for Reduced Environmental Impact”. The presentation included stats about how much water is required to produce meat. I wanted to to investigate the water used to produce other foods and I found this list on the National Geographic website.

It looks like my favorite foods require lots of water for growth and processing. This really put Meatless Mondays in perspective for me and gives me another reason to try to eat less meat and processed foods!

  •  1 lb of chocolate requires 3,170 gallons of water
  • 1 lb of beef requires 1,799 gallons of water
  • 1 gallon of wine requires 1,008 gallons of water
  • 1 gallon of milk requires 880 gallons of water
  • 1 gallon of coffee requires 880 gallons of water
  • 1 lb of sheep requires 731 gallons of water
  • 1 1/3 lb burger requires 660 gallons of water
  • 1 lb of cheese requires 600 gallons of water
  • 1 lb of pork requires 576 gallons of water
  • 1 lb of chicken requires 468 gallons of water
  • 1 lb of rice requires 449 gallons of water
  • 1 lb of soybean requires 216 gallons of water
  • 1 lb of barley requires 198 gallons of water
  • 1 lb of refined sugar requires 198 gallons of water
  • 1 lb of wheat requires 132 gallons of water
  • 1 gallon of tea requires 128 gallons of water
  • 1 lb of goat requires 127 gallons of water
  • 1 lb of potato requires 119 gallons of water
  • 1 lb of corn requires 108 gallons of water
  • 1 egg requires 53 gallons of water
  • 1 apple requires 18 gallons of water
  • 1 orange requires 13 gallons of water
  • 1 slice of bread requires 11 gallons of water

What will you eat on this Meatless Monday?

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