What types of agriculture, livestock, etc. require the most water?



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    You could argue that livestock takes the most water. This is because it not only takes water to give to the animals to drink but also takes large amounts of water to grow the crops that are fed to the animals. It takes a lot of water to grow the corn that is fed to most of the cattle in the US. The estimated amount of water for a high yielding crop of corn to grow is 22 – 23 inches per growing season. Cattle are also fed an assortment of grasses (in which they are supposed to eat unlike corn). These grasses also take a lot of water to grow. In general, animals take much more water to raise in the grand scheme of things due to their inherent nature as consumers. This in part accounts for the higher prices of meat over plants.

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