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    • Food for Thought

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    •  6/14/2011 9:38:15 PM
    • I was in the Doctor's office the other day (which is a very unusual place for me- my husband had too much fun over the weekend and broke his leg- but that is a whole other story)...AND I came across a very interesting article in a National Geographic magazine.


      The title of the article was: FOOD FOR THOUGHT-

      The number of animals killed for food worldwide.


      It caught my attention.


      It gave the top 10 animals that are killed worldwide.  Before I looked at the numbers and their order I immediately looked away and tried to guess the top 3 animals on the list.  I thought I've heard this before (on Oprah I believe) but it turned out that I either forgot it or never heard this before...because if I were to give me a grade on this exercise it would probably be a C-.


      What do you think are the top 3 animals killed for food in the world today? (Try to guess before you look below for the answers)


      Let me give you some interesting info that I noticed.


      • The #1 animal (the one that is killed the most) is 20 times higher in number killed than the 2nd animal on the list.
      • Six of the animals I have number eaten before.
      • The #4 animal on the list I had as a pet growing up- her name was cottontail.





      So know that you have thought about the you go:


      The #1 most killed animal in the world today is....CHICKENS.  52 billion chickens are killed every year.

      The #2 animal are....DUCKS.  2.6 billion ducks are killed annually.

      #3 PIGS - 1.3 billion (I remember in the movie FOOD inc. it stated that in the largest factory in America where they kill pigs- 32,000 pigs are killed every day.  That number was hard for me to get a grasp on...but that is only 11 million a year in the one building.  That is not even close to how many are killed worldwide).

      #4  RABBITS - 1.1 billion (pretty close to the amount of pigs)

      #5  TURKEYS - 633 million

      #6  SHEEP - 518 million

      #7  GOATS - 398 million

      #8  COWS - 293 million

      #9  WATER BUFFALO - 24 million

      #10  CAMELS - 1.7 million


      The article also made a very interesting point about ANTS, which are not part of the list, but are edible.  They state at ANTS are a good source of protein and are considered a delicacy in many parts of the world.  The article read that there are a million ants for every one human being on the planet- THAT's CRAZY!

      What is also crazy is how many animals are killed for human consumption.  I know that if these numbers were lowered, even slightly our planet as a whole would be HEALTHIER in ALL aspects.

      I hope you have a wonderful DAY!



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