Wednesday, July 14, 2010

podcast Mark Bittman: Conscious Eating | WBUR and NPR - On Point with Tom Ashbrook

"Just a little change, he says — vegan ‘til 6pm, ‘til dinner — could save our waistlines, our health, and the planet.

Statistics from the book, "FOOD MATTERS: A Guide to Conscious Eating"

  • Livestock accounts for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions-more than transport

  • 70% of the world's farmland -- one-third of the earth's ice-free surface - is involved in livestock production

  • Livestock is a major driver of deforestation. 70 percent of the forests in the Amazon basin have been cut down for grazing land

  • The food industry accounts for 10% of all fossil fuel used in the US.

  • 40 calories of energy needed to produce 1 calorie of beef protein; producing 1 protein calorie of corn requires just 2.2 calories of energy

  • 50% of the antibiotics administered in the US are used for animals

  • Agricultural subsidies cost taxpayers $19 billion a year and benefit only 3100 farmers