Los Angeles Times

It took 116 gallons of water to produce this meal

California's crippling drought has prompted conservati­on efforts, from replacing lawns to minding how long you leave the tap water running. But what about what you eat? Agricultur­e uses 80% of California’s water supply, and producing the food on your plat


102 gallons

8-ounce steak

Beef is by far the most water-hungry protein – roughly six times more water-intensive than chicken and two times more than pork.

11.7 gallons

6 ounces of rice

California produces 99% of glutinous rice, the white, sticky variety, in the U.S.

1.6 gallons

4 fluid ounces of wine

Grapes are California’s second-mostvalued commodity at $5.6 billion for 2013-2014. The state leads the nation in grape production.

0.8 gallons

8 ounces of lettuce

Lettuce is California’s seventh-most-valued commodity at $1.7 billion.

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