BY THE NUMBERS

  • Updated: October 28, 2009 - 12:33 PM

BY THE NUMBERS

Global consumption

14

percent of food in the United States goes to waste, which amounts to 21 million tons annually.

67

pounds of sausage eaten per capita annually in Germany.

12

refrigerators per 100 families in rural China; 80 per 100 in urban China.

52

pounds of cheese eaten per capita annually in France.

20

percent of Greenland's population eats seal four times a week.

80

percent of India's population lives on less than $2 a day per person; in Mali, it's 91 percent.

62

pounds of pasta are eaten per capita annually in Italy.

From "Hungry Planet: What the World Eats," by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio (Material World Books and Ten Speed Press).

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