Matters of Scale - Fat of the Land
Fat in one foil-packaged restaurant serving of butter
Fat in one Burger King "Whopper"
Amount of global-warming carbon dioxide released by driving a typical American car, in one day
Amount released by clearing and burning enough Costa Rican rainforest to produce beef for one hamburger
Amount spent annually by McDonald's advertising its products
Amount spent annually by the National Cancer Institute promoting fruits and vegetables
Average cholesterol level in the United States
Average cholesterol level of vegetarians in the United States
Gallons of oil spilled by the Exxon-Valdez
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
Prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in chickens in Denmark prior to a ban on routine use of antibiotics in chicken production
Prevalence three years after the ban
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).