New Study: Meat Production Largely to Blame for U.S. Water Shortage

According to a report by "Forbes" magazine, a new study authored by 14 researchers from the Nature Conservancy and several departments at the universities of Virginia and Minnesota revealed that more than 90 percent of fresh water depletion in many major cities is due to agricultural water usage.

Except in California, most of the land farmed in the U.S. is used to produce corn, soy and grains. Most of these crops end up as feed for animals raised on factory farms. Because grain takes so much water to grow and because animals need to consume so much of it, animal agriculture is currently our nation's biggest "water suck." In fact, animal agriculture accounts for nearly half of all fresh water used every year in the U.S., with a withdrawal rate of about 1.8 billion gallons per day.

With natural resources such as the Colorado, Yellow and Murray-Darling rivers running dry, it's high time that unnecessary and cruel meat production be called out.

The best way to help safeguard our nation's water supply while also taking a stand against horrific animal abuse is to transition to a delicious and healthy vegetarian diet. To learn more, visit