The radical vegan movement is at it again – telling porkies (pardon the meaty pun).
We live in an era of fake news. The trouble is that vulnerable and/or uninformed people often believe them.
A widely circulated vegan report recently claimed that it takes 1,000 litres of water to produce one litre of milk.
Another site says that it takes 5,000 to 20,000 litres to produce a kilo of beef.
No, it doesn’t! They pee almost all of it back out which goes into the pasture as enriched urine.
Currently I am milking a couple of house cows and I know how much they drink because I am filling their trough by hand from a rainwater tank.
The trough in the photo is half of a 200 litre drum and I fill it mainly from the rainwater tank in the photo which I occasionally have to top up from our bore. For a lot of the year they don’t use the trough, they just drink rainwater water from ditches and puddles.
So I fill this trough twice a day – and they are giving me milk as well, around 10 litres per day each.
I share the milk with the calves and only milk once a day – some days not at all. Now it wouldn’t matter if they drank 100 times as much water because, naturally, it passes though them.
Vegans don’t seem to have grasped this concept. They appear to think that the water that the cattle drink is lost to the environment.