How does Precision Fermentation and Cellular Agriculture water use compare to the animal agriculture it will replace?

 |  6 May 2024

Recent research has found that Precision Fermentation (PF) products use 87% less water than conventional cattle-derived products, largely because of the reduction in irrigated feed crops necessary per unit of output.

Agriculture is responsible for almost 90% of all freshwater withdrawals in the United States. The majority of freshwater usage is for crop irrigation, but the livestock industry also utilizes freshwater directly as drinking water, for sanitation and processing, and to support aquaculture. All told, U.S. livestock production and its associated feed croplands account for about one-third of all freshwater withdrawals nationwide.

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Published on: 12/07/23

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