Per capita pork consumption, which stood at 50.5 pounds last year, will slip to 48.8 pounds, say USDA analysts. Beef consumption in 2007 was 65 pounds, and by 2017 it will be around 60.1 pounds. As for broilers, 2007 per capita consumption settled at 85.4 pounds but will grow to 88.1 pounds by 2017, according to USDA’s 110-page report.
In the end, the projected net decrease for all three proteins is 2.9 pounds. USDA analysts point out that the domestic declines reflect production adjustments in response to rising feed costs. It also accounts for rising
Digging deeper into the report, it shows total annual per capita meat and poultry consumption falling from 221 pounds in 2007, bottoming out at 214 pounds in 2012 to 2014, and then rebounding to nearly 217 pounds by 2017.
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