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Driving your car is likely the most polluting thing you do in a day. Burning 1 gallon of gasoline generates 20 pounds of carbon dioxide. The average round-trip drive-alone commute distance is between 27 and 47 miles. Using the most conservative estimate, the average car commuter generates about 7,350 lbs. of carbon dioxide a year.
Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center of the U.S. Dept. of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Statistics


Every day we lose more than 3,000 acres of productive farmland to sprawling development. Today, more than 75 percent of our fruits and vegetables are produced near urban areas, directly in the path of development.
The American Farmland Trust


Several scientists have put the FDA on notice about the potential dangers of genetically engineered foods, but instead of responsible regulation, the FDA's policy on genetically altered foods is to treat them no different than naturally produced foods; they will not be safety tested; they will not carry labels stating that they have been genetically engineered. The FDA has placed the interest of a handful of biotechnology companies ahead of their responsibility to protect public health. By failing to require testing and labeling of genetically engineered foods, the agency has made consumers unknowing guinea pigs for potentially harmful, unregulated food substances.
Organic Consumers Association; Dr. Philip Regal, Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at University of Minnesota; Andrew Kimbrell, Executive Director of the International Center for Technology Assessment


Conventional cotton, which is grown in over 50 countries around the world, accounts for 25% of worldwide insecticide use and is a major source of pesticide problems.
There are 107 active ingredients known as possible or probably human carcinogens, and only 19 of them have been cancelled.
Reto Engler, senior science advisor, Health Effects Division, Office of Pesticide Programs, US EPA, Oct. 1992.
It takes 10 years to ban a pesticide in the US using present procedures.
US EPA Pesticide Registration Progress Report, January 1993.
Approximately 300,000 pesticide related illnesses among farm workers in the USA each year.
OTA, Washington, DC, April 1990.


Currently nearly 78 million people are added to the World's population each year. The current explosion of our planet's population leads to the conversion of natural lands for living space and increased consumption -- severely stressing the ecosystems that have traditionally supported human societies. Ultimately at risk are the air we breathe, the water we drink, the soils and seas that feed us, and the living creatures that give us medicines and countless other products.
U.S. Census Bureau, Conservation International


5 percent of the world's population lives in the U.S., but Americans produce 50 percent of the world's waste.
National Recycling Coalition


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates pesticides contaminate the groundwater in 38 states, polluting the primary source of drinking water for more than half the country's population.
Less than 1 percent of the water on the earth is fresh water. Already, nearly half a billion people around the world face fresh water shortages. That number is expected to grow to 2.8 billion by 2025. The United States has plenty of fresh water (for now) but groundwater is being used at a rate 25 percent greater than its replenishment rate. In addition, as more pollutants are added to our water systems there will be even less fresh water available for safe consumption.
Global Stewards
50% of the US Population is supplied with drinking water from groundwater.
US Geological Survey National Water Summary 1984.
46% of US counties contain ground water susceptible to contamination from agricultural pesticides and fertilizers.
US Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC, June 1987.





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