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To put this into perspective, one egg uses up 50 gallons of water whereas one potato uses up about 25 gallons of water.

This statistic is especially startling since a typical egg has about 78 calories whereas a potato has about 163. A potato uses up half as much water as an egg, but will give a human more than twice the amount of energy.

Find out more about food and water usage at waterfootprint.org


Product Footprints: Animal Footprints. (2014, January 1). Retrieved from http://www.waterfootprint.org/?page=files/Animal-products

Bycatch is any living animal or plant that was unintentionally caught and most likely killed by fishing equipment. Bycatch may include corals, fish, dolphins, whales, sharks, and sea turtles.

Sea turtles are considered endangered species, but it is estimated that 150 sea turtles are captured every day in the Gulf of Mexico because of shrimp fisheries.

Bycatch is considered one of the largest threats to marine ecosystems and sadly, often goes undocumented. It is estimated that the U.S. alone is responsible for 2 billion pounds of bycatch every year.

Learn more about the problem of bycatch here.


Keledjian, A., Brogan, G., Lowell, B., Warrenchuk, J., Enticknap, B., Shester, G., ... Cano-Stocco, D. (2014). Wasted Catch: Unsolved Problems in U.S. Fisheries. Oceana. http://oceana.org/sites/default/files/reports/Bycatch_Report_FINAL.pdf

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), that 500 million tons of manure from livestock and poultry is three times the amount of waste produced by humans in the entire United States.

All that poo is supplementing the environment with pollutants such as nitrogen, phosphorous, pathogens, pesticides, antibodies, hormones, and salts. These pollutants can damage the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the plants we eat. It is extremely harmful to our health and to the health of our planet.

You can read the EPA’s entire report on animal waste here.

The comparison between the Giants stadium and the waste of 10 billion farmed animals was found in David Robinson Simon’s groundbreaking book, Meatonomics. It is an excellent read for anyone interested in the hidden costs of the meat and dairy industry.


Compliance and Enforcement National Priority: Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). (2009). U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. http://www.epa.gov/oecaerth/resources/publications/data/planning/priorities/fy2008prioritycwacafo.pdf

Simon, D. (2013). Meatonomics. San Francisco: Conari Press.

Texas produces the most cattle of any state in the United States. This statistic is especially appalling when you consider that according to NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration), Texas has been in a severe drought since 2010.

Learn more about Texas’ climate changes on NOAA’s website.

If you would like to know more about how different states rank in the cattle industry, click here (Please note: This site contains disturbing images and an extreme lack of compassion. GGV does not support Be Ag Smart or the Texas Farm Bureau. This link is only here for those curious about the actual number of cows being slaughtered around the country.)


Beef Cattle Touching You. (2011, January 1). Retrieved from http://www.beagsmart.org/a-look-at-texas-ag/animal/beef

Product Footprints: Animal Footprints. (2014, January 1). Retrieved from http://www.waterfootprint.org/?page=files/Animal-products

Simon, D. (2013). Meatonomics. San Francisco: Conari Press.

Texas Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) Rankings as of August 2014. (2014, January 1). Retrieved from http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/temp-and-precip/climatological-rankings/index.php