Making steps to decrease our reliance on animal agriculture can help the drought situation in the western states in particular. The research is clear that large amounts of water are needed to support the amount of animals raised for food. Growing one pound of plant food takes 200 times less water than it takes to produce a pound of beef. Livestock are a major source of environmental pollutants that impact the water supplies nationwide. Animal agriculture water consumption ranges from 34-76 trillion gallons annually. Growing feed crops for livestock consumes 56% of water in the US. Californians use 1500 gallons of water per person per day. Close to Half is associated with meat and dairy products. To get the references for this data and learn more about the impact of animal agriculture visit: http://www.cowspiracy.com/facts/
The world would be a better place if we replaced the fields of animals destined for pain and suffering in the slaughterhouse with fields of beautiful vibrant plants!