Bernard Hinchcliffe, Mullumbimby
One two-year-old beef steer weighs around 544kg. About 47 per cent is used for human consumption.
One steer needs 45 litres of water per day which is around 32,850 litres over a two year period. Therefore to produce 1kg of meat it needs 128 litres of water.
Compare this to cotton which needs 10,000 litres per year to produce 1kg of cotton. Which industry is more efficient? On the cotton growers’ website they talk about expanding the industry. Also they mention the USA is expanding their industry. The trend due to climate change is high rainfall in mid-USA from Atlantic storms. This causes major flooding of the Mississippi River – lots of extra water.
Can we get our Federal agriculture minister to talk to US cotton growers, and say that if we ban cotton growing here, it will stop a world wide glut from happening; in exchange, they talk their government into importing more Australian beef?