I found the infographic below over at Yes magazine. Most people are aware that the E.U.’s food regulations are much more conservative than ours here in the U.S. It is fairly amazing to note the differences between these two leaders of the developed world.
Much of this infographic is about meat.
Everyone has their own favorite subject off this list, but one concern is that the U.S. is upping its use of Atrazine to combat superweeds, whereas it is banned altogether in European countries.
• According to USDA data, 383.2 pounds of vegetables per person were available for Americans to eat in 2011, down from a peak of 424.7 pounds per person in 1996.
• The decline was largest for potatoes (34.5 pounds) due to decreased production, followed by carrots (7 pounds), head lettuce (6.1 pounds), and tomatoes (4.2 pounds).
• Despite declines in potato and tomato consumption, these two vegetables still dominate U.S. vegetable consumption.
• In 2011, 86.3 pounds per person of tomatoes and 83 pounds of potatoes (not including dehydrated and chips) were available for Americans to eat. French fries and pizza from fast-food restaurants and grocery stores contribute to the high consumption of these two vegetables.
• The third highest vegetable, sweet corn, came in at 24.1 pounds per person in 2011.
• Americans ate an average of 47.8 pounds of fresh fruit per person in 2011, up from 37.2 pounds in 1970.
• While bananas and apples still top the list of most popular fresh fruits, the amount of bananas consumed grew between 1970 and 2011, and consumption of fresh apples declined.
• Watermelons and grapes moved up in the rankings, strawberries replaced grapefruit, and per-person consumption of fresh oranges fell.