My friend was shocked when she discovered it takes 4 gallons (15 liters) to produce a pair of jeans. Although that is a lot, I would like to point out that it takes, according to the UN water use statistics, 1850 gallons (7000 liters) to produce 1 pound of beef. Yes, you read it right, 1850 gallons per pound, when it takes just 264 gallons (1000 liters) to produce a pound of rice.
When 1 out of 9 people in the world don't have enough water to live, is this really a smart way to use our earth's water resources? Is a steak that will be eaten in a matter of ten minutes, then digested, and finishing as poop and clogged arteries really worth it?
Like John Robbins said, "you can save more water by not eating a pound of beef than you will save by not showering for a year". Now isn't THAT shocking?
And don't get me started about how much grain is needed to produce a pound of tasty beef, and how many starving people it could feed.
I guess the message I want to pass is that if the world doesn't stop consuming meat in such an excessive and unhealthy way, well, we're all doomed. Just saying.