Need motivation to eat less meat and more plants? . . . part 12 of 12

Today, why you’re contributing to environmental damage if you eat high on the food chain:

 

Gallons of oil spilled by the Exxon-Valdez: 12 million

 

Gallons of putrefying hog urine and feces spilled in North Carolina in 1995 when a hog excrement dam broke:   25 million

 

Fish killed as an immediate result: 10-14 million

 

Fish whose breeding area was decimated by this disaster: half of all mid-East Coast fish species

 

Farmed fish the answer to avoid overfishing?   Farmed fish contains much higher levels of pollutants and pesticides, including 10 times more PCBs (2001 study)

 

Concentration of pathogens in hog waste (a biohazard) compared to human sewage: 10 to 100 times greater

 

For every household in the country, 20 tons of livestock manure are produced annually.

 

The single largest source of water pollution, which cauterizes waterways and kills fish: dairy farms

 

Rainforest beef destroys: 20-30 plant species, 100 insect species, and dozens of bird, mammal, and reptile species

 

When will Indonesian forests (280 million acres) be gone if cleared to produce enough beef for Indonesians to eat as much as the U.S. does, per capita: 3.5 years

 

When will Costa Rican rainforests be gone if cleared to produce enough beef for Costa Ricans to eat as much as the U.S. does, per capita: 1 year

 

What a hamburger would cost (produced by clearing forests in India, which is common practice) if the REAL costs were included and no subsidies were involved: $200

 

Tell me: what does this mean to you?   Do you think we are overconsuming meat?

Need motivation to eat less meat and more plants? . . . part 11 of 12

Today, more info on world hunger and why you’re contributing to overconsumption of resources  eating high on the food chain:

 

Number of people whose food energy needs can be met by the food produced on 2.5 acres of land, if the land is producing . . .

 

Cabbage                     23 people

Potatoes                      22 people

Rice                               19 people

Corn                             17 people

Wheat                         15 people

Chicken                         2 people

Milk                                 2 people

Eggs                                  1 person

Beef                               1 person

 

Grain needed to adequately feed every person on the planet who dies of hunger annually: 12 million tons

 

Amount Americans would have to reduce their beef consumption to save 12 million tons of grain: 10 percent

 

Amount of fish caught per person, worldwide, sold for human consumption (1996): 16 kg

Amount of marine life that was hauled up with the fish and discarded, per person (1996): 200 kg

 

Amount of world’s fish catch fed to livestock: 50%, more than the combined weight of the U.S. human population

 

Newsweek quote: “The amount of water that goes into a 1,000 pound steer would float a (Naval) destroyer.”

Need motivation to eat less meat and more plants? . . . part 10 of 12

Today, stats about hunger in the world, and how this is related to a plant-based diet:

 

Number of UNDERFED and malnourished people in the world: 1.2 billion

Number of OVERFED and malnourished people in the world: 1.2 billion

Both groups have high levels of sickness and disability and shortened life expectancies

 

Weight of the world’s cattle compared to weight of the world’s people: nearly double

 

Area of Earth’s total land mass used as pasture for cattle/livestock: 50%

 

Grassland needed to support one cow under optimal conditions: 2.5 acres

Grassland needed to support one cow under much more common marginal conditions: 50 acres

 

Pounds of grain needed to produce 1 lb. of beef: 17

U.S. corn eaten by people: 2 percent

U.S. corn eaten by livestock: 77 percent

U.S. farmland producing vegetables: 4 million acres

U.S. farmland producing hay for livestock: 56 million acres

 

U.S. grain and cereals fed to livestock: 70 percent

Human beings who could be fed by the grain and soybeans eaten by U.S. livestock: 1,400,000,000

 

World’s population living in the U.S.:   4 percent

World’s beef eaten in the U.S.: 23 percent

Need motivation to eat less meat and more plants? . . . part 9 of 12

Some stats on hormones and  antibiotics in our meat supply, and Mad Cow disease:

U.S. beef cattle that receive hormone implants: 90% (100% in larger feedlots)

 

Independent European Union scientists’ report on the effect of hormones added to U.S. beef: they are “complete carcinogens” (able to cause and promote cancer by themselves) (hormone 17 beta-oestradiol)

 

Antibiotics administered to people in the U.S. for treating disease: 3 million pounds

 

Antibiotics administered to livestock in the U.S. annually for purposes other than treating disease: 24.6 million pounds

 

Antibiotics administered to livestock in Demark annually for purposes other than treating disease: zero

 

Adverse health effects as a result of Denmark’s elimination of antibiotic use for purposes other than treating disease: none

 

Prevalance of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in chickens in Denmark prior to ban on routine use of antibiotics: 82 percent

 

Prevalance three years after the ban: 12 percent

 

CJD or Mad Cow Disease: caused by feeding cows their own meat and bones

 

Still legal and widespread in the U.S.: feeding pigs and chickens their own bones, brains, meat scraps, feathers, and feces

 

Finding of Yale study examining brains of Alzheimers brains post-mortem: 13 percent of them actually had CJD or Mad Cow disease

 

How many Americans currently are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s: 4 million

Tell me: Why risk it?

Need motivation to eat less meat and more plants? . . . part 8 of 12

Today stats about where foodborne bacteria E. coli, campylobacter, and salmonella come from, and irradiation consequences.   And which foods you should be most concerned about.   (Each of these stats/quotes has a corresponding source in Robbins’ The Food Revolution.)

 

The deadly E. coli 0157:H7 bacteria has occasionally been found in sprouts and raw apple juice.   The vast majority of E. coli has been found in: GROUND BEEF

 

Tom Billy, administrator of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, estimates how many cases of beef contain E. coli: 50 percent of U.S. cattle carcasses

 

Reuters News Service quote: “A report by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture estimates that 89 percent of U.S. beef ground into patties contains traces of the deadly E. coli strain.”

 

Leading cause of kidney failures in U.S./Canadian children: Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, 85 percent of cases caused by E. coli

 

Estimate of how many E. coli cases are actually reported: 2% (William Keene, epidemiologist)

 

Salmonella has been caused by tomatoes, mustard cress, bean sprouts, cantaloupe and watermelon.   Far more cases have been caused by: EGGS AND ANIMAL PRODUCTS

 

Americans sickened by Salmonella-tainted eggs in the U.S., annually: 650,000+

 

Americans killed by eating Salmonella-tainted eggs in the U.S., annually: 600

 

Salmonella cases in U.S. versus Sweden: 1 in 200, compared to 1 in 10,000 (you’ll know why later in a blog about the way animals are raised/processed)

 

Campylobacter is occasionally detected on vegetables.   It’s widespread in: CHICKENS

 

American turkeys sufficiently contaminated with Campylobacter to cause illness: 90 percent (side note: if you don’t get sick, thank your immune system, which incidentally is nourished with antioxidant-rich plant foods)

 

Number of hens screened for Campylobacter by Univ. of Wisconsin researchers: 2,300

Number that were NOT infected with Campylobacter: 8

 

Cause of Milwaukee’s cryptosporidium outbreak in ’93 that sickened 400,000 and killed over 100: dairy manure

 

Campylobacter kills more Americans every year than E. coli and is increasing more rapidly, according to CDC numbers.   The poultry industry does not dispute that most chicken sold in the U.S. is contaminated.

 

Quote by former USDA microbiologist Gerald Kuester of today’s processed chicken: “(The) final product is no different than if you stuck it in the toilet and ate it.”

 

Evidence of that: Univ. of Arizona found higher levels of coliform bacteria in the American kitchen than on the toilet rim because of “a bonus on the animal foods people bring into their kitchens.   The bathroom is cleaner because people are not washing their chickens in the toilet” (Nicols Fox, foodborne disease authority).

 

Listeria has been found on cabbage grown in fields fertilized with listeria-infected animals.   Far more often it’s found in: SOFT CHEESES AND PROCESSED MEATS

 

The U.S. government’s answer to microbial contamination: irradiation (no long-term studies have been done)

 

Consequences of irradiation: Vita A, B-1, C, K, and E are destroyed, and new and potentially carcinogenic chemical compounds are  created (also mutant bacteria and viruses are a possibility)

Need motivation to eat less meat and more plants? . . . part 7 of 12

Today, good stats about the fact that Americans need EDUCATING on the subject of a plant-based, whole-foods diet. (You know GSG.com has an agenda to get YOU to help spread the word–and many of you already do so, brilliantly.)

 

98 percent of the wheat eaten in the U.S. is eaten as white flour.   Only 2 percent is eaten as whole wheat flour!   In traditional diets, 75-80 percent of total dietary energy comes from whole grains.

 

U.S. children who eat the recommended levels of fruits, vegs, and grains: 1 percent

 

American who are aware that eating less meat reduces colon cancer risk: 2 percent

 

American men who are aware of a link between animal products and prostate cancer: 2 percent

Tell me: How can YOU help, you being much more educated about nutrition than, well, basically almost everybody?