Matters of Scale - Fat of the Land

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Fat in one foil-packaged restaurant serving of butter
6 grams
Fat in one Burger King "Whopper"
40 grams
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Amount of global-warming carbon dioxide released by driving a typical American car, in one day
3 kg
Amount released by clearing and burning enough Costa Rican rainforest to produce beef for one hamburger
75 kg
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Amount spent annually by McDonald's advertising its products
$800 million
Amount spent annually by the National Cancer Institute promoting fruits and vegetables
$1 million
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Average cholesterol level in the United States
210
Average cholesterol level of vegetarians in the United States
161
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Gallons of oil spilled by the Exxon-Valdez
12 million
Gallons of putrefying hog urine and feces spilled into the New River in North Carolina (immediately killing over 10 million fish) when a "lagoon" holding 8 acres of excrement burst
25 million
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Prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in chickens in Denmark prior to a ban on routine use of antibiotics in chicken production
82 percent
Prevalence three years after the ban
12 percent
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Sources: John Robbins, The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and the World (Berkeley: Conari Press, 2001). Robbins citations: Burger King Corporation, 2000 (Whopper); Rachel's Environment and Health Weekly, January 2, 1997 (McDonald?s); Archives of Internal Medicine, 1986 (cholesterol); Feedstuffs, July 3, 1995 (hog waste); World Watch, July/August 1994 (carbon dioxide); Center for Science in the Public Interest, 1999 (antibiotics).