Water Shortages

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Water Shortages – 7 November 2008

“Several of the world’s mightiest rivers no longer reach the sea, and aquifer levels around the world are dropping by dozens, and even hundreds, of feet. Largely responsible is the fivefold increase in worldwide (water-guzzling) meat production that’s taken place over the last half-century, and the trend is not over. Producing a pound of animal protein requires about 100 times the water to produce a pound of vegetable protein. It takes about 1,300 gallons of water to produce a single hamburger. Seventy percent of the water that is pulled from the world’s rivers, lakes, and underground wells goes to agriculture, and 43 percent of the world’s grain goes to feed animals for meat.”
– From “101 Reasons Why I’m a Vegetarian” by Pamela Rice

We’ve been hearing a lot about worldwide water shortages, but few people want to talk about the major cause: the dramatic increase of animal agriculture as more and more try to imitate the eating habits of western countries. That’s just one of the many reasons we do not support Heifer International’s efforts to distribute livestock worldwide.

The only real solution to the many problems associated with animal agriculture is going vegan. It’s better for humans, nonhumans, and the environment. After all, according to the Bible (Genesis 1:29), God’s original intent for humans was a vegan diet: Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you.”

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