U.S. Meat and Poultry Consumption to Decline in 2012

Great news to end the year with! A sharp drop in U.S. domestic meat and poultry consumption is expected in 2012. According to USDA forecasts, the average American will consume 12.2% less meat and poultry in 2012 that they did in 2007.

In 2011, U.S. per capita beef consumption was 57.4 lbs, down 13 percent from 10 years ago and down about 25 percent from 1980.

The reasons for the change include growing exports, higher costs and opposition to meat consumption for reasons ranging from the environment to animal rights to social justice.

Let’s keep up the great work in 2012!

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