Facts About Eating Animal Products


The Facts About Eating Animal Products…

by John Robbins, author of “Diet for a New America”
and founder of Earthsave International.

The Hunger Argument:

  • 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: 296 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.

The Environmental Argument:

  • Cause of global warming: greenhouse effect
  • Primary cause of greenhouse effect: Carbon Dioxide from fossil fuels
  • More beneficial for global warming–Switching to a Prius vs. Switching to a Vegetarian Diet: Vegetarian Diet
  • 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 Salvador, 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

The Cancer Argument:

  • Increased risk of breast cancer for women who eat meat four times a week vs. less than once a week: 4 times
  • Increased risk of breast cancer for women who eat eggs daily vs less than once a week: 3 times
  • Increased risk of breast cancer for women who eat cheese and butter 3 or more times a week vs less than once a week: 3 times
  • Increased risk of 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

The Natural Resources Argument:

  • 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%

The Cholesterol Argument:

  • Number of US Medical Schools: 125
  • Number requiring a course in nutrition: 30
  • Nutrition training received by average US physician during four years in medical school: 2.5 hours
  • Most common cause of death in the US: Heart attack
  • How frequently a heart attack kills in the US: Every 45 seconds
  • Average US man’s risk of death from heart attack: 50%
  • Risk for average US man who avoids the meat-centered diet: 15%
  • Risk for average US vegan man: 4%
  • Amount you reduce risk of heart attack if you reduce consumption of animal products by 10 percent: 9%
  • Amount you reduce risk of heart attack if you reduce consumption of animal products by 50 percent: 45%
  • Amount you reduce risk by changing to a vegan diet: 90 percent
  • Meat, dairy, and egg industries claim you should not be concerned about your blood cholesterol if it is: “normal”
  • Your risk of dying of a disease caused by clogged arteries if your blood cholesterol is “normal”: >50%

The Antibiotic Argument:

Percentage of US antibiotics fed to livestock: 55%
Percentage of staph infections resistant to penicillin in 1960: 13%
Percentage of staph infections resistant to penicillin in 1988: 91%
Response of European Economic Community to routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock: Ban
Response of US meat and pharmaceutical industries to routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock: Full and complete support

The Pesticide Argument:

  • Percentage of pesticide residues in the US diet supplied by grains: 1%
  • Percentage of pesticide residues in the US diet supplied by fruits: 4%
  • Percentage of pesticide residues in the US diet supplied by vegetables: 6%
  • Percentage of pesticide residues in the US diet supplied by dairy products: 23%
  • Percentage of pesticide residues in the US diet supplied by meat: 55%
  • Pesticide contamination of breast milk from meat eating mothers vs non-meat eating: 35 times higher
  • What USDA tells us: Meat is inspected
  • Percentage of slaughtered animals inspected for residues of toxic chemicals such as dioxin and DDT: <0.00004%

The Ethical Argument:

  • Number of animals killed for meat per hour in US: 500,000
  • Occupation with highest turnover rate in US: Slaughterhouse Worker
  • Occupation with the highest rate of on-the-job injury in US: Slaughterhouse Worker
  • Cost to render animal unconscious with “captive bolt pistol”: 1 cent
  • Reason given by meat industry for not using “captive bolt pistol”: Too expensive

6 Comments

    1. We are making the long sojourn from meager eaters to greens grazers and the details help us along the way. We love the new flavors and experiences but sometimes a reminder of WHY we started this journey is good too.
      cheers,
      Peter

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    1. Sorry bout my earlier reply. I got published without me finishing the message.
      Yes, true Peter and it is amazing how you broke this valuable piece of information down. I shared it with some friends who do eat meat and other things. Information is the key. It seems to be hard to get the truth. Most people are not aware of the dead energy they put in their bodies when eating meat for example. There is soo much to say here. Looking forward to reading up more stuff re food and health:)

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  1. I have been a vegetarian or about 15 years now Peter, it was still nice to see the many reminders of why I switched not to mention the health benefits. I am now slowly working my way to becoming a vegan for the same reasons. This will be a harder road to hoe because it is hard to get enough protein when you give up all dairy products.

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    1. We are still vacillating between periods of vegetarian and non — but the lapses have a lot to do with how stressed and upset-schedule we are. I understand the difficulty in moving from vegetarian to vegan.

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