The Page That Counts :: Spring 2003

Percent of registered chemicals in use in the US that have never been fully tested for their effects on human health: 90% (1)


Percent of breast cancer cases that remain unexplained when all risk factors are added together: 50% (2)


Percent by which the amount of toxic chemicals released into the Massachusetts environment has decreased from 1990 to 2002 under the Toxics Use Reduction Act: 85% (3)


Organic produce sales in the US in 1990: $1 billion

In 1997: $4 billion (4)


Number of community supported agriculture programs in 1990: 50

In 2000: 1,000 (5)


Percent by which violent crime in Manhattan has dropped since 1993: 65% (6)


Estimated number of times an average American is videotaped per day: 30 (7)


Number of years a sheep can remember another sheep's face: 2 (8)


Number of the ten fastest growing job categories in LA County paying less than poverty-level wages: 7 (9)


Chance that a homeless-shelter resident in a major US city holds a full- or part-time job: 1 in 5 (10)


Approximate number of traffic fatalities in the US each year: 40,000

Number of air pollution fatalities: 70,000 (11)


Percent of Palestinians who said they would approve of a large-scale non-violent movement against the Israeli occupation: 80%


Percent of Israeli Jews who agree that Palestinians have a legitimate right to pursue a Palestinian state using non-violent means: 78% (12)


Number of members enrolled in the Flexcar car-sharing program in the US: over 7,500 (13)

Enrolled in Mobility CarSharing Switzerland: almost 50,000 (14)


Pounds of cheese per year eaten by the typical American in the 1950s: under 8

Today: about 30 (15)


Percent increase in the cost of health insurance premiums for employers between 2001 and 2002: 12.7% (16)


Number of people each 1 percent increase in health insurance premiums adds to the 41 million uninsured in the US: 300,000 (17)


Number of Hollywood films released in the last two years for which Senator Orrin Hatch has co-written songs: 2 (18)





(1) "State of the Evidence: What is the Connection between Chemicals and Breast Cancer?" The Breast Cancer Fund and Breast Cancer Action, citing M. Bennett and B.J. Davis(2002), "Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis." (2) "State of the Evidence," citing Madigan et al (1995), Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 87 (22): 1681-85. (3) 2000 Toxics Use Reduction Information Release, Massachusetts Bureau of Waste Prevention, (4) "Falling Far From the Tree," Fatal harvest, Island Press, 2002, fact sheet, (5) Rebecca Spector, "Fully Integrated Food Systems," Fatal harvest, citing USDA's Agriculture Marketing Service. (6) "Manhattan murder rate lowest in 100 years," AP, Dec 31, 2002, (7) Jim DeBrosse, "You Are Being Watched," Dayton Daily News, Nov. 17, 2002. (8) Harper's, March 2002, Keith Kendrick, the Babraham Institute. (9) "A Tale of Two Cities--2003," United Way of Greater Los Angeles. (10) Harper's, March 2002, pg.13, citing US Conference of Mayors. (11) Bernie Fischlowitz-Roberts, "Air Pollution Fatalities Now Exceed Traffic Fatalities By 3 to 1," Earth Policy Institute, Sept. 17, 2002, Attitudes, Aug. 28, 2002. (13) "Flexcar Brings Car-Sharing to San Jose," press release, Nov. 20, 2002, (14) Susan Shaheen et al, "U.S. Shared-Use Vehicle Survey Finding: Opportunities and Obstacles for Carsharing and Station Car Growth," UC Berkeley, Aug. 2002, Survey.pdf. (15) Adbusters, Nov/Dec 2002, No. 44. (16) Health Action, Families USA, Nov. 2002, citing the Kaiser Family Foundation's Employer Health Benefits 2002 Annual Survey. (17) Milt Freudenheim, "Some Tentative First Steps Toward universal Health Care," New York Times, business section, Dec. 7, 2002, citing the Lewin group. (18) Harper's, Oct. 2002, pg. 11, citing Office of Senator Orrin Hatch (Washington).

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