Re: water for food
C'mon, get serious. 500 liters of water for a kilo of potatoes?
100,000 liters for a kilo of beef? Strains credulity, well past my
Whoever is responsible for this chart owes all of us a closer look at
how these figures were derived.
Looks cooked up to me, in a plot to pile on animal agriculture in
general, and beef producers in particular.
Beef takes a bum rap. Under grazing systems, cattle utilize forages
unsuitable for human consumption, reducing tillage, benefitting water
quality and erosion control.
I challenge anyone to justify these remarkable estimates. Until someone
does, all of us should consider them BS.
On 07/21/97 at 15:01:18 Douglas B. Johnson said:
>Friends and Colleagues,
> I thought this might interest you.
>>From: ROBERT BAYLIS <Baylis@CARDIFF.AC.UK>
>>Date: Mon, 21 Jul 1997 13:57:39 GMT
>>Subject: INFOTERRA: Water for food
>>Reply-To: ROBERT BAYLIS <Baylis@CARDIFF.AC.UK>
>>I thought this data might provide food for thought:
>>Litres of water required to produce 1kg of food:
>>Soya beans 2000
>>Source: New Scientist 1.2.97
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