By Christina Owens,2014-06-30 22:07
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    How to Win an Argument With a Meat EaterThe Hunger Argument

    ? Number of people worldwide who will die as a result of

    malnutrition this year: 20 million

    ? Number of people who could be adequately fed using land freed

    if Americans reduced their intake of meat by 10%: 100


    ? 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 oats grown in the U.S. eaten by livestock: 95

    ? Percentage of protein wasted by cycling grain through livestock:


    ? How frequently a child dies in the world as a result of

    malnutrition: every 2.3 seconds

    ? Pounds of potatoes that can be grown on an acre: 40,000

    ? Pounds of beef produced on an acre: 250

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

    ? Pounds of grain and soybeans needed to produce a pound of

    beef: 16

    The Environmental Argument

    ? Cause of global warming: greenhouse effect

    ? Primary cause of the greenhouse effect: carbon dioxide

    emissions from fossil fuels

    ? Fossil fuels needed to produce food for a meat-centered diet vs. a

    meat-free diet: 3 times more

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

    ? Percentage of U.S. topsoil loss directly related to raising

    livestock: 85

    ? Number of acres of U.S. forest cleared to date for cropland to

    produce meat-centered diet: 260 million

    ? Amount of meat imported to U.S. annually from Central and

    South America: 300,000,000 pounds

    ? Percentage of Central American children under age five who are

    undernourished: 75

    ? Area of tropical rainforest destroyed for every quarter-pound of

    rainforest beef produced: 55 square feet

    ? Current rate of species extinction due to destruction of tropical

    rainforests for meat grazing and other uses: 1,000 per


    The Cholesterol Argument

    ? Number of U.S. medical schools: 125

    ? Number of U.S. medical schools requiring a course in nutrition:


    ? Nutrition training received by the 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. male risk of death from heart attack: 50 percent

    ? Heart attack risk to average U.S. male who eats no meat: 15


    ? Heart attack risk to average U.S. male who eats no meat, dairy,

    or eggs: 4 percent

    ? Average cholesterol level of people eating a meat-centered-diet:

    210 mg/dl

    ? Chance of dying from heart disease if you are male and your blood

    cholesterol level is 210 mg/dl: greater than 50 percent

    The Natural Resources Argument

    ? Consumer of more than half of all water used for all purposes in

    the U.S.: livestock production

    ? Amount of water used in the production of the average cow:

    sufficient to float a destroyer

    ? Gallons of water needed to produce a pound of wheat: 25

    ? Gallons of water needed to produce a pound of California beef:


    ? 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

    ? Calories of fossil fuel expended to get 1 calorie of protein from

    beef: 78

    ? To get 1 calorie of protein from soybeans: 2

    ? Percentage of all raw materials (base products of farming,

    forestry and mining, including fossil fuels) consumed in

    the U.S. devoted to the production of livestock: 33

    ? Percentage of all raw materials consumed in the U.S. needed to

    produce a complete vegetarian diet: 2

    The Antibiotic Argument

    ? Percentage of staphylococci infections resistant to penicillin in

    1960: 13

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

    ? Percentage of staphylococci infections resistant to penicillin in

    1988: 91

    ? Response of European Economic Community to routine feeding

    of antibiotics to livestock: complete ban

    ? Response of U.S. meat and pharmaceutical industries to routine

    feeding of antibiotics to livestock: full and complete


    The Pesticide Argument

    ? Common belief: U.S. Department of Agriculture protects our

    health through meat inspection

    ? Reality: fewer than 1 out of every 250,000 slaughtered animals

    is tested for toxic chemical residues

    ? Percentage of U.S. mother's milk containing significant levels of

    DDT: 99

    ? Percentage of U.S. vegetarian mother's milk containing

    significant levels of DDT: 8

    ? Breast milk contamination rate, due to chlorinated hydrocarbon

    pesticides in animal products, found in meat-eating mothers vs. non-meat eating mothers: 35 times higher? Amount of Dieldrin ingested by the average breast-fed American

    infant: 9 times the permissible level

    The Ethical Argument

    ? Number of animals killed for meat per hour in the U.S.: 660,000

    ? Occupation with the highest turnover rate in U.S.:

    slaughterhouse worker

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

    slaughterhouse worker

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