America’s Meaty Diet

The numbers behind America’s meat consumption may surprise you.

3,200
Average American’s calories per day, roughly 1,000 more than we need to stay healthy
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1,600
Chemicals used in food production that have never been tested for safety
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60-80%
West’s water consumed by agriculture
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65%
American’s daily protein from animals

30%
Rest of the world’s daily protein from animals
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168 lb
U.S. average annual per capita meat consumption in 1970

185 lb
U.S. average annual per capita meat consumption in 2005
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1 million
Broiler chickens raised, killed and prepared in this country per hour
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One Response

Comment from fotoflo
December 15th, 2010 at 6:03 am

Shocking stats, but here’s an honest response from a well-wisher. These figures would be much more shocking if they were up-to-date, verified and spelled correctly and not someone’s “Distinctive take.” Please include sources and read your spelling twice – this will reflect well on the EDF. — “60-80%
West’s water consumed *buy* agriculture” — “185 lb
U.S. average annual per capita meat consumption in 2005” it’s practically 2011. — “1 million
Broiler chickens raised, killed and prepared in this country per hour” one million chicken’s raised per hour? Just used killed.

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