This totem pole shows how much water is used in the production of 1 kcal of different types of food.
Meat production (especially the production of beef) needed to feed an entire population uses significantly more resources such as water, energy or agricultural land than growing vegetables, fruit or cereal. Moreover the meat production industry is responsible for the emission of 58% of greenhouse gases as a result of agricultural activities while producing only 18% of the calories of food.
Use of land
Our World in Data
Yields and Land Use in AgricultureLink
Water Footprint Network
A Global Assessment of the Water Footprint of Farm Animal ProductsLink
Avoiding meat and dairy is ‘single biggest way’ to reduce your impact on EarthLink