How Eating Animals is a Waste of Water

In Empowerment, Environment by Jesse Soberal1 Comment

Jesse Soberal

Jesse Soberal is a vegan activist who was born and raised in New York City. He spent much of his youth like every other city kid playing sports, listening to Hip Hop music and eating lots of fatty meats and junk food.

Eventually in his 20's he developed health issues such and asthma, acid reflux and one doctor told him he had unhealthy sperm and might never have kids. Out of frustration he began researching on why he was so unhealthy. This lead to a slow but steady transformation to a healthier life style of plant based dieting and no processed food.

Jesse has now been a vegan for over 4 years and is a proud father of 2 healthy boys. His experience has lead him to spread awareness of the power of a plant based diet, animal cruelty, and environmental concerns. He is involved with many grass roots organizations striving to create change in NYC and can be reached on his Instagram page @vegantake0ver
Jesse Soberal

We raise 70 billion animals each year for food. Each of these animals, especially cows and pigs , require a lot more water than any human would. Now, multiply that times 70 billion and it’s not difficult to guess where all our drinking water is going. It actually takes over 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. It is common knowledge that humans require six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day for proper hydration and health. Did you know cows drink thirty gallons of water every day, just to stay alive , and a pig requires up to twenty one gallons? That is up to sixty times more water for just one animal than a human would drink in a day. That also doesn’t take into consideration how much water it requires to grow the crops the animals eat or how much water it takes to clean the areas where the animals live. A tremendous amount of water is also used in the slaughtering and butchering process.

To understand what can only be viewed as an insane misuse of our drinking water, it is important to understand that there are currently eight million humans living in the states of Iowa and Missouri amid more than fifty million pigs. That’s 50 million pigs, in just two states, that are raised each year, using land, crops, fossil fuel, and water, with a tremendous amount of waste polluting our ground, water and air. Why would we do this? Well, that is where your pork chops, bacon, and hotdogs are really coming from, not from your local grocer. Every time you eat these animal products, please think about all the depletion you personally are responsible for.

“Freshwater resources are very scarce—just 2.5 percent of all water on earth, and 70 percent of that is locked in glaciers, snow, and the atmosphere. This leaves accessible fresh water at less than 1 percent.”

In fact, more than half of all the water used in the United States is, in one way or another, given to livestock. That’s half of all the water used by humans and businesses is going to animals we raise for food. It takes more than 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of edible beef, but only 20 to 60 gallons of water to produce one pound of vegetables, fruits, and certain grains (all of which are much more nutritious than meat and which do not contribute to a number of diseases, as do animal products). Basically one person can save more water simply by not eating a pound of beef than he could by not showering for an entire year.

It needs to be understood that fresh drinkable water from the ground isn’t infinite in quantity, and it isn’t renewable in our lifetime. Freshwater resources are very scarce—just 2.5 percent of all water on earth, and 70 percent of that is locked in glaciers, snow, and the atmosphere. This leaves accessible fresh water at less than 1 percent. While some water is replenished through the natural evaporation/ precipitation cycle, much is collected from underground aquifers or surface water, such as rivers and streams. Depletion of our fresh water supply occurs globally, due to excessive withdrawals for agriculture, as well as terrible water management.

The Colorado River is drying up. California is becoming a desert. It is important to understand where our water is going and do something about it before it’s to late. Knowing that the majority of our water supply is involved in raising and processing animals to eat, and knowing it takes a tiny fraction of water to provide a much more nutritious foods derived from plants , one of the solutions to the global depletion of our water is quite simple: STOP EATING ANIMALS.


  1. Great article. A really important topic. People will realize how important water is, if& when BigCorp gets the vote to privatize it. Will melting glaciers be the silver lining to increasing fresh water?

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