Sustainability

Water Usage

The production of one litre of milk requires approximately one thousand litres of water.

Dairy

The best global estimate of the total water needed to produce a litre of milk is about 1020 litres.

Meat

You might be surprised by how much water it takes to make the meat we see on our plate. 29% of the total water footprint of the agricultural sector in the world is related to the production of animal products. One third of the global water footprint of animal production is related to beef cattle.

Water required to produce 1 kg of

Beef
14980 litres of water
Lamb
10409 litres of water
Pork
4796 litres of water
Chicken
3897 litres of water
Cow Milk
1020 litres of water

Initial findings have shown that cellular agriculture will use 1/10th of the water required to traditionally grow meat. Furthermore this water can be recycled once cycled through bioreactors.

Climate Change

The world's livestock account for 18% of anthropogenic greenhouse gases.

4.0% of green house gas emissions come from the global dairy industry.

Cows, Sheep and Goats are ruminants which means when they breakdown cellulose in their rumen they produce methane. This methane is 'burped' out by the animal and into the atmosphere.

Other factors like manure to grow animal feed also contribute to climate change.

Although methane doesn't last as long in the atmosphere as Carbon Dioxide, it has a more pronounced effect on climate change and still takes 20 years to breakdown.

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