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50% of World Hunger is in 3 Nations; 70% is in 12 Nations

According to the World Hunger Report (2015), based on the estimated number of hungry persons in each nation, a full 50% of the 805 million hungry persons on the planet are found in only three nations: India, China, Ethiopia. India: … Continue reading

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Does the world produce enough food to feed everyone?

Not really. Several different hunger organizations claim the answer is ‘Yes’. They say that our world of 7 billion persons produces enough food for 10 billion persons. This answer is partially true, but inaccurate. According to the analysis in my … Continue reading

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Why We Can’t Do Away with Palm Oil Yet

In terms of the total calories provided to the world, palm oil ranks sixth, behind corn, wheat, rice, soy, barley [PDF file]. The palm oil tree also provides palm kernel oil. FAOSTAT data for 2012 puts the world total for … Continue reading

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Land Use for Vegan Diet versus typical American Diet

Let’s compare the amount of agricultural land used to produce plant-source foods (vegan food) versus animal source foods (meat, poultry, dairy). The comparison is enlightening. According to the USDA ERS [1], the United States uses the following areas of agricultural … Continue reading

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How much Farmland is used for Biofuel?

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The United States In 2015, the U.S. used 5.25 billion bushels of corn for ethanol production (a biofuel). [1] In the same year, yield based on harvested acres was 168 bushels/acre. However, a yield based on planted acreage would take … Continue reading

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Amount of Land needed for full Vegan Diet

Let’s take the total cropland in the U.S., 335 million acres, and subtract all the acreage (in millions of acres) that is not necessary for a vegan diet: 34 — corn for ethanol (biofuel) 34 — corn for livestock feed … Continue reading

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Food for gas tanks or hungry stomachs?

In 2015, according to the USDA, 5.25 billion bushels of corn (maize) was used for biofuel (specifically, ethanol). There are 56 lbs to a bushel of corn (flour-type). That’s 294 billion lbs of high quality flour-type corn per year wasted … Continue reading