I read this from the Cornell University Alumni Magazine cover article:
I wonder how I compare with these stats.
The most basic requirements for human survival have been estimated as follows, expressed as per person, per year:
- Nine hundred liters of relatively clean water;
- Three hundred kilograms of food, mostly from grain; and
- Adequate clothing and shelter from freezing temperatures.
Now these are basic, survival requirements. In contrast, the average U.S. resident in a typical state, Rhode Island, consumes each year:
- One hundred thousand liters of clean water;
- One thousand kilograms of food, including significant amounts of meat and imported fruits;
- Between five hundred and one thousand liters of gasoline for transportation;
- One to two thousand equivalent liters of gasoline for power; and
- Tons of metals, plastics, fabrics, chemicals, and construction materials.