HOW ECO-FRIENDLY IS BEEF?
- Just like every other food, raising beef requires the use of natural resources like land, water and energy. Today, farmers and ranchers raise more beef using fewer natural resources, including water, than ever before.
Usage of water for making hamburger
- According to UC Davis study: 1) 441 gallons of water required for producing 1 pound of boneless ground beef; 2) That equates to about 110 gallons of water for a quarter-pound hamburger.
- That 441 gallons includes: 1) The animal drinks; 2) Used to irrigate pasture land that the cattle graze; 3) Used to grow crops the cattle are fed; 4) Used in the processing of ground beef.
How much water is used by Americans on an average?: 1) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the average American uses about 100 gallons of water per day; 2) A running toilet can waste
up to 200 gallons of water per day; 3) Activities such as taking a bath require up to 70 gallons of water. A five-minute shower uses 10 to 25 gallons; 4) The average faucet flows at a rate of 2 gallons per minute;
5) Over 713 gallons of water go into the production of one cutton t-shirt; 6) The average faucet flows at a rate of 2 gallons per minute; 7) The New York City water supply system leaks 36 million gallons per day;
8) At 1 drip per second, a faucet can leak 3.000 gallons per year; 9) It takes 39.090 gallons of water to manufacture a new car.
Continuous improvement on the farm and ranch
- Rules step up by Federal Clean Water Act for those having feedyard with 1.000 or more cattle: 1) Owners of feedyard must submit an annual report, develop and follow a plan for handling manure and wastewater; 2)
Also must not discharge any pollutants into the waters of United States. Violators are subject to steep fines.
California Beef Council | Source: http://www.explorebeef.org/CMDocs/ExploreBeef/Fact_Sheet_Beef_and_water_Use.pdf; Website: www.calbeef.org; Blog: blog.calbeef.org; Facebook: Facebook.com/calbeefcouncil;
More info: www.factsaboutbeef.com.