The Mary T. and
Frank L. Hoffman
Letters and Responses
Sydney Morning Herald
Alan Darley, scoffs at the quoted figure of 170,000 litres of water to produce a kilogram of clean wool, (Slaking the thirst of wool, 20 Aug 2008)
In a 1997 document entitled 'Water use in Australia' CSIRO'S Wayne Meyer says, "The largest consumers of water are meat and wool. To produce a kilo of beef requires 50,000 to 100,000 litres of water, while a kilo of clean wool requires a staggering 170,000 litres. These figures are even higher when the amount of water lost through drainage and delivery is added."
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