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CALIFORNIA DROUGHT : From steak to mangoes, here are some water-hogging foods


How much water is needed to produce certain foods?

With California's drought worsening, there has been a growing focus on the amount of water needed to produce certain foods.

In particular, there has been much debate recently about the growing of almonds in the Central Valley.

INTERACTIVE: How many gallons of water needed to make a meal?

A look at how much water it takes to produce certain foods. (Los Angeles Times)

"Almonds are especially thirsty in the southern San Joaquin. But there's a lucrative overseas market for them so growers have been planting more and more trees. Basically, one almond requires a gallon of water to produce," wrote Times columnist George Skelton.

But almonds are far from the only thirsty foods. Others include beef, pork, lamb, chickpeas, lentils, peas, goat, mangoes and asparagus.



Eating the drought: How much water goes into your meal?

Less thirsty crops? Cabbage, strawberries, onions, lettuce, carrots, eggplant, grapefrui…