These statistics came from the new cookbook Vegetables Unleashed that I read recently. I thought they were worth considering:
Only 10% of Americans eat the recommended 1.5 cups of fruit and 2 cups of vegetables per day.
42% of Americans don’t regularly consume produce at all.
Deaths worldwide attributed to lack of fruits and vegetables: 5.2 million.
Pounds of vegetables consumed annually by the average American: 186
Pounds of meat consumed annually by the average American: 279
Americans spend 12% of their income on food.
The rest of the world spends 19% of their income on food.
Cost per day in the US for the recommended amount of produce: $2.50.
Amount of produce Americans throw away every day: 338 million.
Cost of food Americans throw away every year: $165 billion.
Food waste has increased 50% since 1990.
Amount of US taxpayer money allocated to subsidizing corn: $6.2 billion.
Percentage of processed American food that contains corn (mostly as a sweetener): 75%
40% of American kid’s vegetable consumption comes from potatoes.
How many varieties of potato are available in the average US market: 3.
How many flavors of Mountain Dew are available on the US market: 38
Number of calories $1 buys in soda: 420
Number of calories $1 buys in organic broccoli: 39
Something to think about!