Water Consumption and Beef Production

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  1. hydromiles Post author

    Here are the main sources for this:
    Production and rainfall data: http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/

    The water per pound estimates are from a few places, I tended to chose the more ‘reasonable’ (conservative) of what I found. This one I leaned on a lot: http://www.waterfootprint.org/?page=files/Animal-products, as well as estimates published on National Geographic website.

    Average american diet (a little dated, but not super sensitive to the analysis unless things changed alot:)
    http://www.usda.gov/factbook/chapter2.pdf

    American meat production:
    http://www.meatami.com/ht/d/sp/i/47465/pid/47465

    Groundwater depletion report
    http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2013/5079/SIR2013-5079.pdf

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