Thursday, November 09, 2006
Hamburger Facts To Chew On
Next week our Beachbody newsletter will have a review of Fast Food Nationas well as an interview with Richard Linkletter and Eric Schlosser. While you're waiting, here
are some facts to chew on.
Fast Food Facts
Courtesy of Fast Food Nation
Americans eat about 13 billion hamburgers a year. If you put all those burgers
in a straight line, they would circle the earth more than 32 times.
Americans currently spend about $134 billion dollars per year on fast food –
more than they spend on college education, computers, software or new cars.
The typical American child sees 20,000 junk food ads a year
One out of every five American toddlers eats French fries every day.
Four major meatpacking firms slaughter nearly 85% of the nation’s cattle, and
the majority of the nation’s beef comes from thirteen large slaughterhouses.
Meatpacking is one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. In 2001, the
rate of serious injury was three times higher than that in a typical American
Every year, about 76 million Americans are sickened by something they ate.
At a modern processing plant, a single cow or steer infected with E:coli:O157:H7
can contaminate 32,000 pounds of meat.
A typical fast food hamburger can contain pieces of hundreds, if not thousands