Feed, time and water needed to produce one pound of meat Chicken Pork Feedlot Beef Feed in Pounds 2 3 4 Time in days 42 180 365 Gallons of water 750 1,500 4,000
Chicken needs only two pounds of grain and 750 gallons of water to produce one pound
tion. As a result, the total area of
potentially arable land is shrinking
while the total area of unproductive
land is growing. Per capita arable
land dropped from 1. 5 acres in 1950
to 0.5 today and is on track to fall to
just 0.25 acre per person in 2050.
So, what if there is less land
per person? Doesn’t technology
make it possible to feed a growing
population with less land per person
thanks to the increase in yields? Yes,
that certainly has been true and the
potential of technology is seemingly
limitless. Nevertheless, it is a clear violation
of the ;rst law of sustainability; the rate of
destruction of land and soil should be no
greater than the rate of reclamation.
The ;rst rule is even more clearly violated in the use of water. The
Ogalalla, an aquifer that feeds 20% of
the irrigated land in the U.S., is being
overdrawn by 12 cubic kilometers per
year. North China overdraws 30 cubic
kilometers of water per year. In northern
India, water tables are dropping by half
a meter per year. Desert regions around
the world are mining fossil water from
aquifers that have no recharge. The use
of water in this way is unsustainable.
Wheat production in Saudi Arabia, to
cite the most extreme example, is be-
ing phased out due to the exhaustion of
If the 750 million square feet of south-facing
broiler house roof surface area in the U.S.
were covered with solar panels, peak production would reach 15,000 megawatts, enough
to replace 22 large coal-fired power plants in
the middle of the day.
Second rule – Non-renewable
For non-renewable resources like oil, the
A balanced immune system:
It’s what all poultry need.
UNIQUE NUTRITIONAL METABOLITES
Intestinal function determines bird health and performance. Our unique nutritional metabolites support
robust digestive health. How? By balancing gut microbiota, gut morphology and the immune response. You can
measure the value of Original XPC™ in three ways:
In poultry research trials*, feeding all-natural, science-based Original XPC consistently proved to be the
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*Data available at www.diamondv.com or 1-800-373-7234. ©2009 Diamond V Mills, Inc. All rights reserved. Diamond V® is a registered trademark and Original XPC™ is a trademark of Diamond V Mills, Inc.