March 23, 2012

Animal Frontiers: Animal production and water

The April issue of the review magazine Animal Frontiers is out, and animal scientists from around the world have weighed in on the impact of animal production on water supplies.

Why focus on water issues? According to Animal Frontiers paper author Arjen Hoekstra:

– Global meat production nearly doubled between 1980 and 2004.

– Between 2001 and 2007, 37 percent of cereal grains in the world were used for animal feed.

– 27 percent of the water footprint of humans is related to the production of animal products.

“Reducing the water footprint of meat and dairy requires an international approach and product transparency along the full supply chain of animal products,” writes Hoekstra.

How can we better manage water use? Read Animal Frontiers to find out.