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 Post subject: Environment Statistics for Earth Day Newsletter
PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 12:23 am 
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Environmental Statistics

In recognition of Earth Day, I think it is appropriate to acknowledge some of the changes we can make in our daily lives to help preserve and protect the planet. We don't live "on" planet Earth, we live "in" it. We're part of it and we can make a difference through our actions.

Did you know, US food consumption is 2,200 pounds per person per year, just over six pounds of food a day? This comes out to roughly 3,800 calories per person per day.

On average, we consume 280 calories of sugar per person per day and 580 calories from fats per person per day. Half of the total US land area is used for food production and 80% of our fresh water is used for food production.

The Average American Consumes:

600 cans of soda per year

15 pounds of potato chips per year

50 pounds of popcorn per year

When looking at resources for food production, consider the following:

Corn uses 600,000 gallons of water per acre

Rice uses 1,000,000 gallons of water per acre

1 loaf of bread takes 250 gallons of water to produce

1 pound of beef requires 5,000 gallons of water to produce

Plant-Based diet eaters save about 50% more energy than the average person.

The United States produces 7 million sheep, 100 million cattle, and 9 billion chickens per year for human food consumption. The resources required for this level of production are immense, with global implications, and come with a major price. We pay a price with our health, with our quality of lives, with our wallets and the overall environment around us.

By choosing a plant-based diet and vegan lifestyle, you contribute significantly less overall environmental destruction and help protect our home. Compassion really does begin on your plate. Please join us in our quest to protect mother Earth.

Consider a diet based on fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts, grains, and seeds. The primary sources of nutrition; vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids all come in their original forms from plant-based whole foods. Eat plants for optimal nutrition and optimal compassion.

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Comfortably Unaware by Dr. Richard Oppenlander

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 Post subject: Re: Environment Statistics for Earth Day Newsletter
PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 4:45 am 
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Great post as usual Robert, reading stuff like this really makes you think.

Thanks for posting. Thought provoking to say the least and it further reinforces why we do what we do.

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 Post subject: Re: Environment Statistics for Earth Day Newsletter
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Yeah, some stats I picked up in the Plant-Based Nutrition Certification Course through Cornell University.

Some statistics are hard to grasp, but I like to think that we're making progressive steps forward each day. Hard to tell as population grows so fast, but hopefully the vegan population grows faster :)

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 Post subject: Re: Environment Statistics for Earth Day Newsletter
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Sounds like that would have been a really interesting course Robert.

I have a hunch that veganism is growing and will continue to do so ~ there's always power in numbers and the pendulum is slowly swinging our way.

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