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

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Sep 11, 2008

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.”

Posted in: Food Industry, Research, Standard American Diet

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