Thursday 12 December 2013

Hungry Planet Infographic came out with a great infographic titled the hungry planet. Some startling numbers include:

  • Americans consume 815 billion calories of food each day: roughly 200 billion more than needed – enough to feed 80 million people
  • Americans throw out 200,000 tons of edible food daily
  • Consumption:
    • World: 2780 kcal/person/day
    • Developed countries: 3420 kcal/person/day
    • Developing World: 2630 kcal/person/day
  • Americans consume 159 gallons of water per day per person while more than half the world’s population lives on 25 gallons. (Aquaponics drastically reduces the amount of water used in growing food)
  • Americans constitute 5% of the world’s population but consume 24% of the world’s energy (Canadians are not far behind in energy consumption: 8th worst per capita)
  • The average American consumes the equivalent energy of any of the following: 
    • 2 Japanese
    • 6 Mexicans
    • 13 Chinese
    • 31 Indians
    • 128 Bangladeshis
    • 307 Tanzanians
    • 370 Ethiopians
  • Aquaponics is a great way to reduce energy consumption in food production

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