The water we use in our households is about 98 gallons a day.
The industrial goods we use -- paper, cotton, clothes -- that’s about another 44 gallons a day.
Water used to produce the food (and drinks) in the average U.S. meat-and-cheese heavy diet: 1,000 gallons per person per day
And yet every single government-produced "water conservation tips for the public" fails to mention the effect of our dietary choices, instead shaming us for running the water while we brush our teeth.
Except it really isn't about dietary choices, either. Water rights are appropriated to landowners, who will use all of the water they have in whichever way is most profitable to them. Whether that's raising cattle feed, bottling it in single-use plastic bottles, or as a part of some industrial manufacturing process, they're going to use it to turn a buck.
@Tanuki All that rice you eat is grown in vast amounts of water and has vast amounts of water in your diet. You piss that water out like every American and leave your filth upon the world you feel you have no accountability for.
Leave your hate for Americans out and all you have left is your indictment your own country's peoples' disregard for natural resources.
@Dustup224 haha, you're off target. I'm an American living in California, where 80% of our state's water goes to agriculture.
California grows 99% of the white rice in the US but per-serving, that is still a small fraction of the equivalent serving of meat.
But the water is appropriated the way it is and a shift in diets (here or anywhere) will not cause the landowners to reduce their water use if they can make a profit with it in any way. That was my actual point about being told to conserve.
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