Citing the enormous strain animal agriculture has on its dwindling water supply, the state of California announced it would close all meat, dairy, and egg operations and provide assistance in transforming these businesses into water-saving vegan food production facilities.
“Animal agriculture wastes nearly half of California’s available water. Turning factory farms into sustainable plant-based farms and facilities will not only avert a major water crisis, it’ll be better for public health and alleviate horrendous animal suffering,” said the California Water Conservation League in a press release this morning.
Indeed, animal advocates and environmentalists have been pointing this out for years. It takes a staggering 2,500 gallons of water to produce just one pound of beef and 660 gallons of water to produce one hamburger. That’s enough water for two months worth of showers!
Additionally, 477 gallons are required to produce one pound of eggs and a whopping 62 gallons of water are needed for just one glass of milk.
We’ve been told that plant-based meat companies such as Gardein, Beyond Meat, and Field Roast are getting ready to retrain workers and amp up production. So Delicious and Coconut Bliss, makers of dairy-free ice cream, milk, and yogurt, have also been tapped.
All animals currently exploited for meat, dairy, and eggs in the state will be released to sanctuaries where they will live out the remainder of their lives in peace.
We’re thrilled California is taking this amazing step to help save one of Earth’s most valuable resources.
Don’t live in California but want to do your part? Visit ChooseVeg.com today and learn how you can easily transition to a humane, healthy, and environmentally friendly vegan diet.
*April Fools... unfortunately. But in all seriousness, the facts and figures regarding water usage in this blog post are accurate.