One pound of beef requires 1,799 gallons of water, which includes irrigation of grains and grasses in feed plus water for drinking and processing. When someone chooses to eat a hamburger, it requires 660 gallons of water. And global warming is real.
As we wait for rain and an end to drought in California, consider that it matters little whether someone grew a lawn or decided on artificial turf because the ramifications of those choices contributes little to global warming and water use minute compared to the greenhouse gases released and water that is needed to feed the millions Californians who choose enjoy a pound of beef or a hamburger each day.
Lena Garcia, Clovis