#1 Drought Culprit: Animal Agriculture

While Californians are told to take shorter showers and stop watering their lawns, the worst offender of water consumption remains unregulated.

The California drought is a serious problem, and more and more people are catching on to what’s really causing the mass water shortage. Anti-drought campaigns point to culprits like long showers and over-watering lawns, but the worst offender is actually animal agriculture. Research has found that factory farms use at least 47 percent of California’s agricultural water consumption. To combat the growing crisis, California governor Jerry Brown ordered water consumption be reduced by 25 percent—yet exempt farms from the mandate. According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals spokesperson Tracy Reiman, "It's irresponsible to restrict water to local homes, businesses, and schools while allowing its free flow to the water-intensive production chains of the meat and dairy industries.” Reiman acknowledges that water thirsty plant crops such as alfalfa are also an issue, but says those crops are contributing to the livestock and dairy industry since they are used to feed cattle.

More News

Investors Condemn Whole Foods for Ignoring Vegan Shift

A coalition of 57 investors who manage $2.4 trillion in assets continues to push food companies to abandon the risky practice of raising animals for food.
Read More »

Vegan Pay-What-You-Can Eatery Opens in Charleston

New vegan restaurant Dell'z on the Macon offers bowls, pizzas, and salads on a sliding pay scale policy.
Read More »

Veganism is Stunting Growth of Camel-Milk Industry

Consumers increasingly choosing plant-based milk alternatives is limiting the growth of the camel-milk industry.
Read More »

New Vegan Eatery Shares Profits with Employees

The Red Lunchbox in Halifax, Nova Scotia is good for the animals and fair to its workers.
Read More »

Real Housewives Star Throws Vegan Dinner Party

Porsha Williams' plant-based feast, complete with copious amounts of alcohol, was lit AF.
Read More »

This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

More Videos »