Just how much water does it really take to produce a pound of beef? The latest video in the Meat Mythcrusher series looks at just that.
One of the most commonly seen myths about meat has been that beef production uses up thousands of gallons of water. But according to sustainability researcher Jude Capper, Ph.D, the real data shows the amount is much smaller than the projected 2,400 gallons one statistic suggested.
Capper said it requires only 441 gallons of water to produce a pound of boneless beef — just a fraction of what is often claimed.
The video series, produced by the North American Meat Institute in conjunction with the American Meat Science Association, also looks at ways to lower the water usage in beef production.