Farm Forward’s Eating Animals Index
If you haven’t already read Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer (due out in paperback on September 1st, currently available in hardcover at your local bookstore or library :), consider checking out the fact index compiled by Farm Forward.
Here’s a few to start you off:
Number of food-borne illnesses in America each year, as estimated by the Centers for Disease Control: 76 million
Number of pounds of antibiotics given to humans each year: 3 million
Number of pounds of antibiotics reportedly fed to livestock each year: 17.8 million
For those of you in the bay area: If you’re interested in purchasing meat direct from the farmer, check out the Bay Area Meat CSA to find information on available locally farmed meat and/or find folks to share cuts with. Stemple Creek may still have a few shares of beef and lamb available as well.