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Some Shocking Facts on meat production
























Number of People worldwide who will die of starvation this year: 60 million.
Number of people who could be adequately fed with the grain saved if Americans reduced meat intake by 10%: 60 million.
Human beings in America: 243 million.
Number of people who could be fed with grain and soybeans now eaten by US livestock: 1.3 billion.
Percentage of corn grown in US eaten by people: 20%.
Percentage of corn grown in US eaten by livestock: 80%.
Percentage of protein wasted by cycling grain through livestock: 90%.
Percentage of oats grown in US eaten by livestock: 95%.
How frequently a child starves to death: every 2 seconds.
Pounds of potatoes that can be grown on an acre: 20,000 lbs
Pounds of beef produced on an acre: 165 lbs.
Percentage of US farmland devoted to beef production: 56%.
Pounds of grain and soybeans needed to produce 1 pound of feedlot beef: 16 lbs.
Fossil fuels needed to produce a meat-centered diet vs. a meat-free diet: 50 times more.
Percentage of US topsoil lost to date: 75%.
Percentage of US topsoil loss directly related to livestock raising: 85%.
Number of acres of US forest cleared for cropland to produce meat-centered diet: 260 million acres.
Amount of meat US imports annually from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama: 200,000,000 pounds.
Average per capita meat consumption in Costa Rica, El Salveador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama: Less than eaten by average US house cat.
Area of tropical rainforest consumed in every quarter-pounder hamburger:55 sq.ft.
Current rate of species extinction due to destruction of tropical rainforests for meat grazing and other uses: 1,000 species extinct per year.
User of more than half of all water used for all purposes in the US: Livestock. production.
Amount of water to produce a pound of wheat: 25 gallons.
Amount of water to produce a pound of meat: 2,500 gallons.
Cost of common hamburger if water used by meat industry was not subsidized by US taxpayer: $35/pound.
Current cost of pound of protein from beefsteak, if water was no longer subsidized: $89.
Years the world's known oil reserves will last if every human ate a meat-centered diet: 13 years.
Years the world's known oil reserves will last if human beings no longer ate meat: 260 years.
Barrels of oil imported into US daily: 6.8 million.
Percentage of fossil fuel energy returned as food energy by most efficient factory farming of meat: 34.5 percent.
Percentage returned as food energy from least efficient plant food: 328%.
Percentage of raw materials consumed by US to produce present meat-centered diet: 33%.























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