In honor of World Water Day which was Thursday, March 22nd , here are some astounding facts related to the industry that bears the largest responsibility for over-consumption of Earth’s fresh water supplies.
According to Internet sources, animal agriculture accounts for approximately 30% of global humanity’s freshwater footprint. Thirty Per Cent
Water “footprint” is measured by the combined impact of producing fodder, raising/slaughtering, and food production, especially beef and dairy).
In the United States alone, animal agriculture water consumption ranges from 36-74 trillion gallons of water each year, compared with fracking which uses about 70-140 billion gallons annually!
GLOBE would like to share with you some actions that can greatly help in eventual mitigation of climate change impacts—particularly global water shortages.
Make adjustments to how we eat. We don’t have to be vegetarians, simply reduce the amount and frequency by eating less animal products--particularly beef and dairy--and more wholesome plant foods.
Beginning with city government, we can work with decision-makers on all levels to encourage expansion of access to food options that are good for our health and climate-friendly, such as promoting locally grown food through farmer’s markets, and revamping school lunch programs.
For more help on getting started, here are some online information sources:
Google: the Guardian article “Animal Agriculture is Choking the Earth”
And, for another take on eating for the Earth, check out: http://learn.eartheasy.com/2010/09/7-principles-of-a-climate-friendly-diet/
Keep in mind: In the same breath that we discuss fossil fuels, we should be talking about animal agriculture, or we’re missing a big part of the problem – and a big part of the solution.
Your G.L.O.B.E. Committee wishes you
Good and Smart Eating for Your Health and Planet Earth’s!