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What it takes to get a steak.

What it takes to get a steak

Raising cattle for meat puts a large demand on resources, according to the Worldwatch Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based environmental think tank. Analyzing some implications of U.S. beef production in the January/February issue of WORLD WATCH, institute researcher alan Durning points out that one-third of North America is devoted to grazing, more than half of U.S. croplands are planted with livestock feed, primarily for cattle, and more than half of all water consumed in the United States goes to livestock -- again mainly for cattle. In the end, Durning calculates, 1 pound of steak from steers raised in a feedlot costs 5 pounds of grain, 2,500 gallons of water, the energy equivalent of a gallon of gasoline and about 35 pounds of eroded topsoil.
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Title Annotation:resources used in raising cattle
Publication:Science News
Date:Mar 5, 1988
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