Drought for Dinner: How Much Water Went into Your Pork Chop?

A lot, it turns out. That’s the challenge of, you know, eating
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No doubt you’ve heard that agriculture uses up 80 percent of California’s water supply, meaning your dinner choices have a direct effect on the environment. This handy graphic in the Los Angeles Times helps put into perspective how much water is required to produce one ounce of different edibles. Here’s a sampling of what it takes to produce a single pound of some local favorites.

HIGH WATER USERS
Mangoes: 456 gallons
Asparagus: 325.12 gallons
Cherries: 195.52 gallons
Avocados: 144.8 gallons

LOW WATER USERS
Strawberries: 19.84 gallons
Tomatoes: 15.2 gallons
Carrots: 14.88 gallons
Lettuce: 13.6 gallons

Animals tend to be the most water-intensive crop of all. Here’s what it takes to put a pound on the table:
Beef: 1,700.48 gallons
Lamb: 1,354.88 gallons
Pork: 660 gallons
Chicken: 265.76 gallons

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