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Table 1

Average Water Consumption for Producing Food Products

Food productWater consumption (gal/lb)
Rice 356 
Wheat 160 
Corn 109 
Soybeans 214 
Sugar cane 21 
Eggs 400 
Milk 119 
Cheese 589 
Beef 1857 
Pork 582 
Sheep 736 
Chicken 469 
Food productWater consumption (gal/lb)
Rice 356 
Wheat 160 
Corn 109 
Soybeans 214 
Sugar cane 21 
Eggs 400 
Milk 119 
Cheese 589 
Beef 1857 
Pork 582 
Sheep 736 
Chicken 469 

Average consumption incorporates often substantial regional differences due to climate and management. Source: Arjen Y. Hoekstra and Ashok K. Chapagain, “Water Footprints of Nations: Water Use by People as a Function of Their Consumption Pattern,” Water Resources Management 21 (2007): 35–48.

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