Friday, June 13, 2008

Food Facts (pt. I)

Percentage of corn grown in United States eaten by human beings = 20%, livestock = 80%

Percentage of oats grown in United States eaten by human beings = 5%, livestock = 95%

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

Percentage of carbohydrate wasted by cycling grain through livestock: 99%

Percentage of dietary fibre wasted by cycling grain through livestock: 100%



Pounds of potatoes that can be grown on 1 acre of land: 20,000

Pounds of beef that can be produced on 1 acre of land: 165

Percentage of U.S. agricultural land used to produce beef: 56%




Human population of United States in 1987: 243,000,000

Number of human beings who could be fed by the grain and soybeans eaten by U.S. livestock in 1987: 1,300,000,000



Number of people who starved to death in 1987: appx. 60,000,000

Number of people who could have been adequately fed by the grain saved if Americans had reduced their intake of meat by 10% in 1987: 60,000,000



(all facts listed are from John Robbin's Pulitzer Prize nominated Diet for a New America)