Beef’s Shrinking Water Footprint
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Research on the Record with Reynold Bergen
In 2016 I received 10 letters like this:
“Dear Dr. Bergen… My name is Emma. I am in 6th grade at Rime Street Elementary. My class found out on vegsource.com that it takes 2,500 litres of water to produce one kilogram of beef. Another site said 25,000 litres… all these different answers are confusing. My social teacher also showed us a video named Cowspiracy, but it didn’t help. Do you have a dependable answer?”
Eleven-year-olds aren’t the only ones asking these questions. So are consumers, retailers, and others. When the facts aren’t available, exaggerated opinions often fill the gap. A Canadian research team is providing the facts to help us answer these questions, and to help us know how to do better.