HUNGER:

-The Number of people worldwide who will die as a result of malnutrition this year: 20 million

-Number of people who could be adequately fed using land freed if Americans reduced their intake of meat by 10%: 100 million

-Percentage of corn grown in the U.S. eaten by people: 20

-Percentage of corn grown in the U.S. eaten by livestock: 80

-Percentage of oats grown in the U.S. eaten by livestock: 95

-Percentage of protein wasted by cycling grain through livestock: 90

-How frequently a child dies as a result of malnutrition: every 2.3 seconds

-Pounds of beef produced on an acre: 250

-Percentage of U.S. farmland devoted to beef production: 56

ENVIRONMENTAL:

-Cause of global warming: greenhouse effect

-Primary cause of greenhouse effect: carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels

-Fossil fuels needed to produce meat-centered diet vs. a meat-free diet: 3 times more

-Percentage of U.S. topsoil lost to date: 75

-Percentage of U.S. topsoil loss directly related to livestock raising: 85

-Number of acres of U.S. forest cleared for cropland to produce meat-centered diet: 260 million

-Amount of meat imported to U.S. annually from Central and South America: 300,000,000 pounds

-Percentage of Central American children under the age of five who are undernourished: 75

-Area of tropical rainforest consumed in every quarter-pound of rainforest beef: 55 square feet

-Current rate of species extinction due to destruction of tropical rainforests for meat grazing and other uses: 1,000 per year

CANCER:

-Increased risk of breast cancer for women who eat meat daily compared to less than once a week: 3.8 times

-For women who eat eggs daily compared to once a week: 2.8 times

-For women who eat butter and cheese 2-4 times a week: 3.25 times

-Increased risk of fatal ovarian cancer for women who eat eggs 3 or more times a week vs. less than once a week: 3 times

-Increased risk of fatal prostate cancer for men who consume meat, cheese, eggs and milk daily vs. sparingly or not at all: 3.6 times.

CHOLESTEROL:

-Number of U.S. medical schools: 125

-Number requiring a course in nutrition: 30

-Nutrition training received by average U.S. physician during four years in medical school: 2.5 hours

-Most common cause of death in the U.S.: heart attack

-How frequently a heart attack kills in the U.S.: every 45 seconds

-Average U.S. man’s risk of death from heart attack: 50 percent

-Risk of average U.S. man who eats no meat: 15 percent

-Risk of average U.S. man who eats no meat, dairy or eggs: 4 percent

-Amount you reduce risk of heart attack if you reduce consumption of meat, dairy and eggs by 10 percent: 9 percent

-Amount you reduce risk of heart attack if you reduce consumption by 50 percent: 45 percent

-Amount you reduce risk if you eliminate meat, dairy and eggs from your diet: 90 percent

-Average cholesterol level of people eating meat-centered-diet: 210 mg/dl

-Chance of dying from heart disease if you are male and your blood cholesterol level is 210 mg/dl: greater than 50 percent

NATURAL RESOURCES:

-User of more than half of all water used for all purposes in the U.S.:livestock production

-Amount of water used in production of the average cow: sufficient to float a destroyer

-Gallons of water needed to produce a pound of wheat: 25

-Gallons of water needed to produce a pound of California beef: 5,000

-Years the world’s known oil reserves would last if every human ate a meat-centered diet: 13

-Years they would last if human beings no longer ate meat: 260

-Calories of fossil fuel expended to get 1 calorie of protein from beef: 78

-To get 1 calorie of protein from soybeans: 2

-Percentage of all raw materials (base products of farming, forestry and mining, including fossil fuels) consumed by U.S. that is devoted to the production of livestock: 33

-Percentage of all raw materials consumed by the U.S. needed to produce a complete vegetarian diet: 2

ANTIBIOTICS:

-Percentage of U.S. antibiotics fed to livestock: 55

-Percentage of staphylococci infections resistant to penicillin in 1960: 13

-Percentage resistant in 1988: 91

-Response of European Economic Community to routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock: ban

-Response of U.S. meat and pharmaceutical industries to routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock: full and complete support

PESTICIDES:
-Common belief: U.S. Department of Agriculture protects our health through meat inspection
Reality: fewer than 1 out of every 250,000 slaughtered animals is tested for toxic chemical residues

-Percentage of U.S. mother’s milk containing significant levels of DDT: 99

-Percentage of U.S. vegetarian mother’s milk containing significant levels of DDT: 8

-Contamination of breast milk, due to chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides in animal products, found in meat-eating mothers vs. non-meat eating mothers: 35 times higher

-Amount of Dieldrin ingested by the average breast-fed American infant: 9 times the permissible level

ETHICAL:

-Number of animals killed for meat per hour in the U.S.: 660,000

-Occupation with highest turnover rate in U.S.: slaughterhouse worker

-Occupation with highest rate of on-the-job-injury in U.S.: slaughterhouse worker

Article Source – “Diet For A New America” by John Robbins

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