Taking a look at the world in numbers


Number of U.S. soldiers that have been discharged because of personality disorder since 2001


Minimum number of Pakistani civilians killed by U.S. Predator and Reaper drone strikes between 2006 and 2009 (Pakistani authorities claim the number is at least five times that)

$2.2 billion

The amount taxpayers will pay for Predator drones this year

10 million

The number of acres of farmland now infested with Roundup resistant super-weeds

90, 70

Percent of soybeans and corn, respectively, grown from Roundup Ready crops

8.5 billion

Gallons of bottled water sold last year, up from 5.1 billion in 2001

$10.6 billion

Amount Americans spent on bottled water last year, up from $6.8 billion in 2001

30 million

Number of water bottles used every day that aren’t recycled


Percent of Major League Baseball’s major awards from 1987 – 2007 that were won by players using performance enhancing drugs, as estimated by ESPN’s Buster Olney

Sources: AlterNet; New York Times;; Container Recycling Institute