14 surprising stats about global food consumption

Monday, July 24, 2017

1. Poor people in developing countries often spend 60-80% of their income on food.

Americans spend less than 10%.

Ayme family, Ecuador. Photo credit: Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio.

2. 75% of the world’s food is generated from only 12 plants and 5 animal species.

Kale is probably not one of them.

3. 165 million people suffer from childhood malnutrition.

If they joined hands, they could form a complete circle around the earth.

4. Over 25 million tons of pumpkins, squash, and gourds are produced around the world each year.

That’s 55,115,570,000 pounds!

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