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Changes to Animal Agriculture

Scarcity of water will inflate grain prices, which will affect stakeholders that depend on grain availability, including animal agriculture producers. The costs of many foods will rise, with meat production perhaps the most significantly affected. Cattle production requires 7 kilograms of grain for 1 kilogram of live weight; pork and poultry are slightly more efficient at 4 to 1 and 2 to 1, respectively (Brown, 2001). Alternative sources of protein, such as aquaculture or plant-based meat substitutes may become more commonplace.

Andy Wingo 2001-12-10