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20 January 1999 Issue

Realities of Animal-based Agriculture

~ Number of humans who could be fed by grain and soybeans eaten by U.S.
livestock: 1.3 bil

~ Pounds of potatoes that can be grown on one acre of land: 20,000 lbs

~ Pounds of beef that can be grown on one acre of land: 165 lbs.

~ Pounds of grain and soybeans needed to produce one pound of feedlot
beef: 16 lbs

~ Pounds of protein fed to chickens to produce one pound of protein as
chicken flesh: 5 lbs

~ Pounds of protein fed to hogs to produce one pound of protein as hog
flesh: 7.5 lbs

~ Number of acres of U.S. forests that have been cleared for cropland to
produce a meat-centred diet: 260 mil.

~ How often an acre of trees disappears in the U.S.: Every 8 sec.

~ Acres of trees spared each year by each individual who switches to a
vegan diet: 1

~ How frequently a heart attack strikes in the U.S.: Every 25 sec.

~ Risk of death by heart attack for average man in U.S.: 50%

~ Risk of death by heart attack for average vegan man in U.S.: 4%

~ Amount you decrease your risk of heart attack by reducing your consump-
tion of meat, dairy products, and eggs by ten per cent: 9%

~ Amount you decrease your risk of heart attack by reducing your consump-
tion of meat, dairy products, and eggs by fifty per cent: 45%

~ Amount you decrease your risk of heart attack by reducing your consump-
tion of meat, dairy products, and eggs by one hundred per cent: 90%

[Facts excerpted for Diet for a New America by John Robbins]

 

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