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source: www.usda.gov/factbook/
chapter2.htm


www.worldwatch.org/press/
news/1998/07/02/


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USA
Each year, the average American consumes nearly twice his/her weight in meatů
  • 195 pounds (about 88.4 kg) per person of red meat + poultry + fish (boneless, trimmed-weight equivalent);


  • 57 pounds per person more than in the 1950s;
Consequences on human health:
  • a global epidemic of lifestyle diseases (such as heart attacks, strokes and cancers)


  • increasing pressures on land and water resources (water pollution, global warming, etc.)
Consequences on the environment:
  • In the United States, over 90% of all agricultural land is devoted to livestock agriculture in some form. Most water consumption goes to livestock agriculture;


  • the waste generated by livestock is 130 times that produced by humans, livestock wastes are implicated in waterway pollution, toxic algal blooms and massive fishkills;


  • the US uses twice the energy per capita on food production than the less developed countries use per capita for all purposes. Meat production typically uses 5, 20, or even 100 times the land, water, and energy that plant food production does.
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