Yes. It takes much more water to produce a calorie of animal protein than it does to produce a calorie of plant protein. Mostly because of the extra steps. First you have to water the plants to feed the animals. Then you have to water the animals too. It takes 5,000 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of meat, while growing 1 pound of wheat only requires 25 gallons.23 A totally vegetarian diet requires only 300 gallons of water per day, while a meat-eating diet requires more than 4,000 gallons of water per day.24,2
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