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U.S. meat consumption declining

U.S. meat consumption declining

While the recession has curbed American's appetite for meat, we still eat more than other countries.

U.S. meat consumption climbed steadily from the early 1900s until just a few years ago, when the recession and mounting concerns about the health ramifications of meat—especially red varieties—compelled shoppers to seek more economical and nutritious alternatives. While Americans are eating meat less and choosing leaner cuts, they’re still buying much more than consumers worldwide. Here’s the skinny.

$85 billion: Retail sales of meat and

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