Sat Feb 15, 2003 10:09:33 PM
3,900 Calories a Day Is Enough to Drive Any Vegan Crazy

Fortune magazine writes:

The problem is huge and depressingly simple: The U.S. food industry provides about 3,900 calories per person per day (the figure is for 2000, the latest available). Allowing for waste and losses in cooking, the USDA estimates that the average American consumes roughly 2,750 calories per day—a full Big Mac beyond its recommendation of 2,200 calories for most children, teenage girls, active women, and sedentary men.

My favorite quote from the article:

Imagine, for instance, that a crazed vegan were to burst into your office with a gun and demand that you produce, within four minutes, some fresh fruit. Could you do it? How about a soft drink?

...although the Bruce Sterling quote is a very close runner-up.