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Peak Meat: U.S. Meat Consumption Falling
Mar 7, 2012
Publisher(s): Earth Policy Institute
Issue Area(s): Community and Economic Development; Health
U.S. meat consumption has peaked. Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that meat eating across the country fell from the 2004 high point of 184 pounds (83 kilograms) per person to 171 pounds in 2011. Early estimates for 2012 project a further reduction in American meat eating to 166 pounds, making for a 10 percent drop over the eight-year period. For a society that lives high on the food chain, this new trend could signal the end of meat's mealtime dominance.