Some Arguments for Not Eating Meat

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Did you know this about eating MEAT?
by John Robbins
Author: Diet for a New America
Founder: EarthSave International

NOTE: Some of the figures in the following article need to be brought up to date. If you find an article that does this, please let me know. Thanx. Rhio

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 their intake of meat by 10%: 60 million

Human beings in America: 243 million

Number of people who could be fed with grain and soybeans now eaten by U.S. livestock: 1.3 billion

Percentage of corn grown in the U.S. eaten by people: 20

Percentage of corn grown in the U.S. eaten by livestock: 80

Percentage of protein wasted by cycling grain through livestock: 90

How frequently a child starves to death: every 2 seconds

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

Pounds of beef produced on an acre: 165

Percentage of U.S. farmland devoted to beef production: 56

Pounds of grain and soybeans needed to produce a pound of feedlot beef: 16

The Environmental Argument

Cause of global warming: greenhouse effect

Primary cause of greenhouse effect: carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels

Fossil fuels needed to produce a meat-centered diet vs. a meat-free diet: 50 times more

Percentage of U.S. topsoil lost to date: 75

Percentage of U.S. topsoil loss directly related to livestock raising: 85

Number of acres of U.S. forest cleared for cropland to produce meat-centered diet: 260 mllion

Amount of meat U.S. 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 U.S. house cat

Area of tropical rainforest consumed in every quarter-pound hamburger: 55 sq. ft

Current rate of species extinction due to destruction of tropical rainforests for meat grazing and other uses: 1000 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

For women who eat eggs daily vs. less than once a week: 3 times

For women who eat butter and cheese 3 or more times a week vs. less than once: 3 times

Increased risk of fatal 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 U.S.: livestock production 

Amount of water used in production of the average cow: sufficient to float a destroyer

Gallons to produce a pound of wheat: 25

Gallons to produce a pound of meat: 2,500

Cost of common hamburger if water used by meat industry was not subsidized by the U.S. taxpayer: $35 a pound

Current cost of a pound of protein from beefsteak, if water was no longer subsidized: $89.

Years the world's known oil reserves would last if every human ate a meat-centered diet: 13

Years they would last if human beings no longer ate meat: 260

Barrels of oil imported into U.S. daily: 6.8 million

Percentage of fossil fuel energy returned as food energy by the most efficient factory farming of meat: 34.5 percent.

Percentage returned from least efficient plant food: 328 percent

Perccentage of raw materials consumed by U.S. to produce present meat-centered diet: 33

The Cholesterol Argument

Number of U.S. Medical Schools: 125

Number requiring a course in nutrition: 30

Nutrition training received by average U.S. physician during four years in medical school: 2.5 hours

Most common cause of death in the U.S.: heart attack

How frequently a heart attack kills in the U.S.: every 45 seconds

Average U.S. man's risk of death from heart attack: 50 percent

Risk for average U.S. man who avoids the meat centered diet: 15 percent

Risk for average U.S. man who consumes no meat, dairy products or eggs at all: 4 percent

Amount you reduce risk of heart attack if you reduce consumption of meat, dairy products and eggs by 10 percent: 9 percent

Amount you reduce risk if you reduce consumption by 50 percent: 45 percent

Amount you reduce risk if you eliminate these foodstuffs from your diet entirely: 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": over 50 percent

The Antibiotic Argument

Percentage of U.S. antibiotics fed to livestock: 55

Percentage of staphylococci infections resistant to penicillin in 1960: 13

Percentage resistant in 1988: 91

Response of European Economic Community to routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock: ban

Response of U.S. meat and pharmaceutical industries to routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock: full and complete support

The Pesticide Argument

Percentage of pesticide residues in the U.S. diet supplied by grains: 1

Percentage of pesticide residues in the U.S. diet supplied by fruits: 4

Percentage of pesticide residues in the U.S. diet supplied by vegetables: 6

Percentage of pesticide residues in the U.S. diet supplied by dairy products: 23

Percentage of pesticide residues in the U.S. 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 including dioxin and DDT: less than 0.00004

The Ethical Argument

Number of animals killed for meat per hour in the U.S.: 500,000

Occupation with highest turnover rate in U.S.: slaughterhouse worker

Occupation with the highest rate of on-the-job injury in U.S.: slaughterhouse worker

Cost to render animal unconscious with "captive bolt pistol" before slaughter: 1 cent

Reason given by meat industry for not using "captive bolt pistol": too expensive

The Survival Argument

Athlete to win Ironman Triathlon more than twice: Dave Scott (6 time winner)

Food choices of Dave Scott: Vegetarian

Largest meat eater that ever lived: Tyrannosaurus Rex

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