Archives for April, 2014

Story at-a-glance

  • About 80 percent of genetically engineered plants grown in the US end up as animal feed, and approximately 40 percent of all corn grown is used for making ethanol for fuel—not food
  • 92.5 percent of US acreage is devoted to animals or food for animals. Only 7.5 percent of our acreage is devoted to food that goes directly to feeding humans
  • Avoiding factory-farmed meat and animal products, as well as genetically engineered processed foods, is one of the best ways you can affect positive environmental change
  • Americans spend less than seven percent of their income on food, averaging at $151 per week. But the fact that food can be had for cheap does NOT mean that it’s actually the most cost-efficient choice
  • When you buy organic food, you pay for it once. Non-organic foods are associated with at least four additional hidden costs, including cost of health care for food-induced disease, and environmental cleanup
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