Surprisingly, a large amount of drinking water goes to producing food and related products, and meat products such as beef make up a large portion of that number. That’s right — producing meat is leaving a large water footprint in our planet’s fragile system.
It takes a whopping 1,799 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. Yes, all that water for one pound of beef.
A lot of the water goes into feeding the livestock before they are turned into food. The rest of the water goes into producing the meat.
FoodTank released an article about the specifics of the process, as well as how it compares to the production of other foods.