Unfortunately, it’s not just meat itself that can harm the environment – dairy products do too. It can take up to 683 gallons of water to produce just 1 gallon of milk and 1800 gallons to produce 1 pound of beef.
This is because cows, pigs, chickens, and other farm animals need to drink a lot of water in order to survive. The more of these animals (and their milk) we consume, the more animals we have to raise and care for.
It also takes even more water to produce the crops all of those animals eat. As a result, some states devote up to 80% of their total water consumption to farming and ranching.