America's diet.

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The article "Is Your Lunch Causing Global Warming?" (p. 6) explains how our food choices--especially our consumption of meat--are among the major causes of climate change. As the graph shows, Americans (unlike most of the developing world) are eating slightly less red meat than they were a few decades ago. But that doesn't mean we're all maintaining healthy diets. Fat and sugar consumption are up significantly, contributing to the nation's obesity problem. And though it rooks as if we're eating more fruits and grains, a majority of those are processed, and thus less nutritional. than in their raw form.

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(1) Americans consumed about 59 percent less--in 1970 than they did in 2006.

a milk

b fats

c fruits

d corn sweeteners

(2) The average American's weekly food consumption increased by almost 1.8 pounds between 1970 and 2006--about the same as the amount of--consumed per week in 2006.

a red meat

b grains

c dairy products

d sugars

(3) Red meat accounted for about--percent of the total. amount of meat/ eggs consumed per week in 2006.

a 20

b 30

c 40

d 50

(4)In 2006, Americans ate--pounds more of fruits and vegetables than they did in 1970.

a 0.4

b 0.9

c 1.7

d 1.9

(5) If the fat intake in the American diet grows at the same rate as shown on the graph, 36 years later (in 2042), weekly fat consumption would be

a 2.2 pounds

b 2.8 pounds

c 3.4 pounds

d 4 pounds

GRAPH EXERCISE PG. TE 4

(1) [b] fats

(2) [d] sugars

(3) [c] 40

(4) [b] 0.9

(5) [a] 2.2 pounds

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

(1) How...

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