Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The United States is 4% of the world population. we use 25% of the world's resources.

three facts i just learned in the last 10 minutes:
(1)The same land that is used to maintain livestock for 250 days could be used to cultivate soybeans for 2,200 days. Half of the water consumed in the United States is used on crops for feeding livestock. One-third of the value of all raw materials consumed in the United States is consumed in livestock foods. ~Carold Adams 'Neither Man nor Beast'
(2)Thirty-eight percent of the world's grain is fed to the livestock, and in the United States 70 percent of grain use is for livestock ~ Alan B. Durning and Holly B. Brough 'Taking Stock: Animal Farming and the Envirnoment.'
(3)the suburb of Agbogbloshie in Ghana’s capital, Accra, has in recent year become a dumping ground for computer and electronics waste from Europe & the US. Hundreds of tons of e-waste end up here evrey month as contries in the west attempt to unload their ever increasing stockpiles of toxic junk. Of the 20 to 50 millions tons of electronic discarded each year 70% end up in poors nations, and in the EU alone 6.6 millions tons of e-waste are unaccounted for every year…” -Andrew McConnell

yet another reason to stop contributing to the meat industry (facts 1 and 2).
and to the last fact, i think its really a disservice when the media does not report on things like this. but shouldn't we already know this? we know there dumps in our local towns, but theres no way the United States could actually house the magnitude of waste we shell out on our own soil. its disgusting, really. i wonder if more Americans knew about things like this whether it would actually change. doubt it.

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