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Your Call: How would reducing our intake of meat and dairy affect the drought?


On the July 16th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the meat and dairy industries, which make up 47 percent of California’s water footprint. 

Does it make sense for California to be the nation’s largest dairy state? A pound of beef requires 1,847 gallons of water to produce. California Governor Jerry Brown said we should eat more veggie burgers. What if we ate veggie burgers instead of hamburgers? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.


Daniel Sumner, professor of agricultural and resource economics at UC Davis

Stephanie Feldstein, population and sustainability director with the Center for Biological Diversity

Ruth Matthews, executive director of Water Footprint Network

Web resources:

NY Times: Meat makes the planet thirsty

HuffPo: American diet needs a break for meat, dairy

Craftsmanship: Food Shift

LA Times: Gov. Brown says “spaceship Earth” approach will see California through drought