Each American will consume 700,000 kilograms (1.5 million lbs.) of minerals (mostly sand and gravel), and 24 billion BTUs of energy — equivalent to 4000 barrels of oil (40% in petroleum products, 25% each in natural gas and coal). In a lifetime, an average American will eat 25,000 kilograms (55,000 lbs.) of plant foods (20% each in vegetables, sweeteners, fruits & juices, grains, and other plant products) and 28,000 kilograms (60,000 lbs.) of animal products (70% milk, 7% each beef, chicken and pork), provided in part by slaughtering 2000 animals (>90% poultry)
Yowza. That’s a lot of stuff. I was trying to work out what 4000 barrels of oil looks like. That’s 632,000 litres or about 150,000 US gallons. That’s ten of these tanks, which doesn’t sound that impressive. Any other suggestions?
Here’s the conclusion of the article Dave cites:
The most effective way an individual can protect the global environment, and hence protect the well-being of all living people, is to abstain from creating another human being.