It is estimated that currently over 1 Billion people on the planet suffer from chronic hunger every day. That is one in every seven people!
Most of these people live in Asia and the Pacific, North and Sub Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. In contrast, it is estimated that there are 519 Million obese people in the world. Most of these people (you guessed it!) live in "wealthy" nations such as the United States, Canada, Australia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and Germany. For more information, go to Interactive Map of World's Weight.
Not surprisingly, generally the countries with the highest meat and dairy consumption are also the countries with the highest rates of obesity.
So, what is the answer? Well, here are some statistics - you can do the math!
The average American consumes approximately 110 pounds of beef and pork per year, 73.6 pounds of poultry, 16.1 pounds of fish and shellfish, 32.7 pounds of eggs, 31.4 pounds of cheese and 600.5 pounds of non-cheese dairy products
- Over 70% of the grains grown in the United States is used to feed farm animals
- It takes approximately 16 pounds of grain to produce just one pound of animal flesh
- That 16 pounds of grain could feed 10 people per day
Imagine how many hungry people would be helped if grain crops were used for human food, instead of livestock food!
Infographic Source: Fry Day Poll
Related: Infographic: The Truth About Eating Animals