(originally entitled: "How To Win An Arguement With A Meat-Eater"
Information from EarthSave International:

The Hunger Argument

The Environmental Argument

  • Cause of global warning: greenhouse effect

  • Primary cause of greenhouse effect: carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels

  • Fossil fuels needed to produce a meat-centered diet vs. A meat-free diet: 3 times more

  • Percentage of U.S. topsoil lost to date: 75

  • Percentage of U.S. topsoil loss directly related to livestock raising: 85

  • Number of acres of U.S. forest cleared for cropland to produce meat-centered diet: 260 million

  • Amount of meat imported to U.S. annually from Central and South America: 300,000,000 pounds

  • Percentage of Central American children under the age of five who are undernourished: 75

  • Area of tropical rainforest consumed in every quarter-pound of rainforest beef: 55 square feet

  • Current rate of species extinction due to destruction of tropical rainforests for meat grazing and other uses: 1,000

The Cancer Argument

  • Increased risk of breast cancer for women who eat meat daily compared to less than once a week: 3.8

  • For women who eat eggs daily compared to once a week: 2.8 times

  • For women who eat butter and cheese 2-4 times a week: 3.25

  • Increased risk of fatal ovarian cancer for women who eat eggs 3 or more times a week vs. less than once a week: 3 times

  • Increased risk of fatal prostrate cancer for men who consume meat, cheese, eggs and milk daily vs. sparingly or not at all: 3.6

The Cholesterol Argument

  • Number of U.S. medical schools: 125

  • Number requiring a course in nutrition: 30

  • Nutrition training received by average U.S. physician during four years in medical school: 2.5 hours

  • Most common cause of death in U.S.: heart attack

  • How frequently a heart attack kills in the U.S.: every 45 seconds

  • Average U.S. man's risk of death from heart attack: 50 percent

  • Risk of average U.S. man who eats no meat: 15 percent

  • Risk of average U.S. man who eats no meat, eggs or dairy: 4 percent

  • Amount you reduce risk of heart attack if you reduce consumption of meat, dairy and eggs by 10 percent: 9 percent

  • Amount you reduce risk if you reduce consumption by 50 percent: 45 percent

  • Amount you reduce risk if you eliminate meat, dairy and eggs from your diet: 90 percent

  • Average cholesterol level of people eating a meat-centered diet: 210 mg/dl

  • Chance of dying from heart disease if you are male and your blood cholesterol level is 210 mg/dl: greater than 50 percent

The Natural Resources Argument

  • User of more than half of all water used for all purposes in the U.S.: livestock production

  • Amount of water used in the production of the average cow: sufficient to float a destroyer.

  • Gallons to produce a pound of wheat: 25

  • Gallons to produce a pound of meat: 2,500

  • Years the world's known oil reserves would last if every human ate a meat centered diet: 13

  • Years they would last if human beings no longer ate meat: 260

  • Calories of fossil fuel expended to get 1 calorie of protein from beef: 78

  • To get 1 calorie of protein from soybeans: 2

  • Percentage of all raw materials consumed by the U.S. needed to produce a complete vegetarian diet: 2

The Antibiotic Argument

  • Percentage of U.S. antibiotics fed to livestock: 55

  • Percentage of staphylococci infections resistant to penicillin in 1960: 13

  • Percentage resistant in 1988: 91

  • Response of European Economic Community: ban

  • Response of U.S. meat and pharmaceutical industries to routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock: full and complete support

The Pesticide Argument

  • Common belief: U.S. Department of Agriculture protects our health through meat inspection.

  • Reality: fewer than 1 out of every 250,000 slaughtered animals is tested for toxic chemical residues.

  • Percentage of U.S. mother's milk containing significant levels of DDT: 99

  • Percentage of U.S. vegetarian's mother's milk containing significant levels of DDT: 8

  • Contamination of breast milk, due to chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides in animal products, found in meat-eating mothers: 35 times higher

  • Amount of Dieldrin ingested by the average breast-fed American infant: 9 times the permissible level

The Ethical Argument

  • Number of animals killed for meat per hour in the U.S.: 660,000

  • Occupation with the highest turnover rate in the U.S.: slaughterhouse worker

  • Occupation with the highest rate of on the job injury in the U.S.: slaughterhouse worker

The Survival Argument

  • Athlete to win Ironman Triathlon more than twice: Dave Scott (6 time winner)

  • Food choices of Dave Scott: vegetarian

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