As water becomes more scarce in the Mountain West, a new analysis finds that a surprising amount is being used to raise cattle.

“We’re using a lot of water to grow the cows that are the source of our burgers, steaks and milk,” Ben Ruddell, a study co-author and principal investigator, said in a press release. “In the Colorado River basin, that cattle feed water use is nearly three times greater than all the water used for urban, industrial and electrical power purposes combined.”

 

 

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