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Water and Drought – 17 October 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

Water is a hot topic in the news lately. Areas with drought conditions are arguing (maybe “fighting” is a better description) with those in other areas who feel they must defend their available water.

There is talk about taking shorter showers, etc. This reminds me of the suggestion for decreasing global warming by changing the type of light bulbs used. Seems like almost everyone refuses to face the facts: that just as worldwide livestock production produces 18 percent of our greenhouse gas – more than cars, trucks, motorcycles, motorboats, jetliners and cruise ships – far more water is used to produce meat than to grow vegetables.

According to ‘101 Reasons Why I’m a Vegetarian” by Pamela Rice, Seventh Edition, 2007:

“Less than 1 percent of the Earth’s water is usable for human consumption. Most either comprises the salty seas or is locked up in glacial icecaps. You might think that the world would be judicious in how it uses this precious substance. On the contrary: Just one of many examples of worldwide profligate waste is that of the great Ogallala Aquifer, which sits atop America’s High Plains states. Farmers mine this titanic water source of 5 trillion gallons per year to power an infrastructure of feedlots and industrial slaughterhouses. Scientists say this natural wonder will be diminished by 80 percent in 2020.”

Humans stubbornly refuse to acknowledge that they are creating many of their own problems. Their greed and gluttony knows no bounds – literally: Other countries are copying the Western ways and industrial agriculture.

One of the most effective ways to conserve water and ensure its availability is to stop eating animals and their by-products and switch to eating healthful plant-based foods.

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