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TODAY'S VEGAN STREET MEME  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2014

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The average American household used 5,000 gallons of water each day to produce the animals they eat.

Here is how we arrived at the number above...

US annual per capita consumption in pounds
+ amount of water to produce each pound
= total amount of water to produce per capita consumption
365 (avg days in a year)

            Pounds/year        Gal. of water 4   Gal. /year    Gal./day
Beef                58.4 1            2500             146,000        400       
Milk/Cream    189 2               1000 5           189,000        518
Cheese           23.6 2              896                21,146         58
Butter               5.5 2            2044                11,242         31
Pork               46.9
  1           1630                76,447        209
Chicken          56.1 1              815                45,722        125
Eggs              28* 3                573                16,044         44

Total per capita daily water consumption: 1385 gal. x family of 4 = 5,540 gal.

*Per capita 256 eggs per person – avg. medium egg weighs 1.75 oz6 = 28 lbs.

Sources:
1 beefusa.org
2 usda.gov
3 unitedegg.org
4 treehugger.org (same numbers as waterfootprint.org, but converted to US sizes)
5 waterfootprint.org
6 sizes.com




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