Glob­al­ly, almost 70% of the Earth’s avail­able fresh water is used for agri­cul­ture alone.[7]

The Unit­ed States alone uses over 76 tril­lion gal­lons of water annu­al­ly for livestock.[8]

Video Sum­ma­ry: Water sup­plies stored in lakes, reser­voirs, and aquifers are quick­ly being deplet­ed. Approx­i­mate­ly 80% of this water (in the U.S.) is used for agri­cul­ture. Fur­ther­more, ani­mal waste and chem­i­cal runoff con­t­a­m­i­nate water sources, fur­ther reduc­ing the amount of clean water avail­able, and caus­ing great harm to the envi­ron­ment.

 

This com­par­i­son of the Aral Sea in 1989 (left) to 2008 (right) shows its rapid decrease in size as its water is tak­en for agri­cul­tur­al use. [6]

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