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Americans are eating less and less meat
Washington Post ^ | 01/11/2012 | Brad Plumer

Posted on 01/11/2012 8:20:43 PM PST by iowamark

Meat eating in the United States is going out of style. According to a Department of Agriculture report, Americans are projected to eat 12.2 percent less meat in 2012 than they did 2007. And it’s not just the weak economy. As Mark Bittman observes, there’s a real long-term trend here: “Beef consumption has been in decline for about 20 years; the drop in chicken is even more dramatic, over the last five years or so; pork also has been steadily slipping for about five years.”

Why is this happening? The Daily Livestock Report blames rising meat prices in the United States. As countries like China and India get richer, they’re eating more meat, which is helping to drive up U.S. exports and making beef, pork, and chicken more expensive here at home. Ethanol also plays a role: Nowadays, American farmers divert bushels and bushels of corn to make fuel, which drives up feed prices and, again, makes meat pricier.

Perhaps just as significantly, though, it does seem that attitudes toward meat are changing. More and more people appear to be cutting back on beef and pork consumption for environmental or ethical reasons. (Although before vegetarians get too excited, one factor that often gets overlooked here is the aging of the population — as the baby boomers get older, they’ve been eating less meat.)...

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NY Times: We’re Eating Less Meat. Why?

1 posted on 01/11/2012 8:20:48 PM PST by iowamark
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To: iowamark

That’s because they can’t afford it when they’re unemployed.


2 posted on 01/11/2012 8:22:08 PM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: iowamark

Not this American.


3 posted on 01/11/2012 8:23:29 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~..... GO NEWT GO.....!)
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To: iowamark
And it’s not just the weak economy.

I'm going to say that the single biggest reason is the weak economy.

4 posted on 01/11/2012 8:23:58 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: Gator113

Great . The more for us.


5 posted on 01/11/2012 8:25:09 PM PST by rsobin
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To: iowamark

We don’t really need to eat as much meat as we do and it cost less to eat whole grains, Legumes, beans and veggies.

Still love moo but chicken and fish digest faster and easier.


6 posted on 01/11/2012 8:25:59 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: iowamark

That is bs. Meat is one of the most important ingredients in a healthy diet.


7 posted on 01/11/2012 8:26:04 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: iowamark
Americans are projected to eat 12.2 percent less meat in 2012 than they did 2007. And it’s not just the weak economy.

***Cough***Cough***B**L S**T**!***

8 posted on 01/11/2012 8:26:39 PM PST by Grizzled Bear (No More RINOS!)
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To: iowamark

“.....as the baby boomers get older, they’ve been eating less meat.)...”

Difficult to chew with what’s left of the ol’ tooth.


9 posted on 01/11/2012 8:27:48 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

That and the fact that ground beef has doubled in price in the last two years. Most of us are probably spending more on meat than ever. We’re just taking home less.


10 posted on 01/11/2012 8:28:09 PM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: Vendome
We don’t really need to eat as much meat as we do and it cost less to eat whole grains, Legumes, beans and veggies.

Being a vegetarian means never needing to apologize for being gay, not that there's anything wrong for that.

Don't worry. Us carnivores won't judge you...much.

11 posted on 01/11/2012 8:29:17 PM PST by Grizzled Bear (No More RINOS!)
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To: freekitty

I’ve been a meat-eating vegetarian for many years.


12 posted on 01/11/2012 8:29:43 PM PST by Rennes Templar
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To: freekitty
Meat is one of the most important ingredients in a healthy diet.

I agree. But my wife and I are now 66, and we once ate steak about once every three weeks, but now it's every six weeks. As we age, our calorie needs shrink and our protein needs shrink. I think older Americans are eating less meat, but younger Americans are not.

13 posted on 01/11/2012 8:30:31 PM PST by ExtremeUnction
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To: Markos33; JoeProBono; Slings and Arrows; TheOldLady; humblegunner; Eaker; Allegra; Salamander; ...
!!!More for Us!!!


14 posted on 01/11/2012 8:30:47 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: iowamark

Yes! More for me!


15 posted on 01/11/2012 8:31:22 PM PST by SoDak
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To: Grizzled Bear

LOL

Wish I could type my response without getting banned.

Oh!

I am a fig plucker,

I pluck figs,

I am the best fig plucker,

That ever plucked figs.


16 posted on 01/11/2012 8:31:51 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: iowamark

They leave out the meat that hunters put on their tables. I’m thinking that with the economy tanking, more people are taking up hunting to feed their families.


17 posted on 01/11/2012 8:33:09 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: iowamark

There’s meat on the table pretty much every day of the week in this house. The local pizza place that does 2 large cheeses for $10 once in awhile is the only combo-breaker.


18 posted on 01/11/2012 8:35:16 PM PST by mquinn (Obama's supporters: a deliberate drowning of consciousness by means of rhythmic noise)
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19 posted on 01/11/2012 8:35:33 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: iowamark

Anyone notice that meat prices are almost double what they were when Obama took office????????????? We gotta feed corn to our cars.


20 posted on 01/11/2012 8:36:41 PM PST by petitfour
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To: iowamark

Way to bury the lead, there, WAPO...

Buried in the article is the explanation that it’s simple demographics. The baby boom bulge in the population is aging... And as people get more elderly they tend to eat less meat.


21 posted on 01/11/2012 8:37:32 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I'd give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: iowamark

I understand donkey roast is very satisfying, especially after it has been fed crow.


22 posted on 01/11/2012 8:39:39 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: iowamark

>> NYT: Why?

Obamanomics, that’s why. What’s the cost of chop meat these days $7/lb?


23 posted on 01/11/2012 8:42:02 PM PST by Gene Eric (C'mon, Virginia -- are you with us or against us?!)
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To: iowamark

What to do with my “canine” teeth? have them filed off?

Did not the father of the prodigal son call to slaughter the fatted beef?

Or did Moses lead Israel to the land of soy milk and Nutrasweet?

(1 Tim 4:1-4 KJV) “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:”

Need say more?


24 posted on 01/11/2012 8:42:24 PM PST by One Name
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To: iowamark

That graph seems to contradict much of the article. It shows a decline in in beef consumption, but what looks like a doubling in turkey... And a huge increase in “broilers” (chicken?), with pork holding pretty steady.


25 posted on 01/11/2012 8:43:29 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I'd give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: iowamark

I’m a dedicated carnivore but it’s true our consumption has declined a bit.

The truth is that “fryer parts” chicken is tasteless and full of various chemicals like antibiotics, hormones etc so I won’t touch it except for the *very* occasional KFC !

A lot of beef is pretty tasteless too unless you buy the top grade which gets expensive. Sam’s steaks are good here but WalMart’s are horrible. We’re lucky to have a real butcher close by for special occasions. We do use a fair bit of hamburger beef, for that and tacos :)


26 posted on 01/11/2012 8:43:56 PM PST by 1066AD
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To: iowamark

They are being indoctrinated in the marxist school system enabled by Goals 2000 and the Education establishment that they should only eat gruel, like good serfs.


27 posted on 01/11/2012 8:44:39 PM PST by hedgetrimmer
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To: rockinqsranch
Difficult to chew with what’s left of the ol’ tooth.

225 degrees in a covered roaster with a splash of liquid for about an hour a pound. It'll melt in your mouth...

28 posted on 01/11/2012 8:47:28 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Ramius

This is a non-story, IMHO. My Baby Boomer parents are eating less red meat and chicken nowadays. They’re eating mostly fish with vegetables and a lot of beans.


29 posted on 01/11/2012 8:50:18 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: iowamark

How do you plan a meal without meat? Beef, Venison, Pork, and Poultry in that order! If the Steak does not moo when I cut it it is over-done.


30 posted on 01/11/2012 8:54:13 PM PST by aliquando (A Scout is T, L, H, F, C, K, O, C, T, B, C, and R.)
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To: 1066AD

Change your diet to buy local.

Then your beef will be good all the time.

If you can’t get good beef locally, use chicken and pork as an alternative.

The globalists want everyone on a diet of gruel, so they are too weak to be aware.

They fund all the vegetarian, vegan propaganda these days. Your local school system is the vector for this propoganda, so if you have children in public schools, don’t be surprised if they come home and say they won’t eat meat anymore.

A weak people won’t fight the globalist system.


31 posted on 01/11/2012 8:55:17 PM PST by hedgetrimmer
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To: mquinn
There’s meat on the table pretty much every day of the week in this house.

Yep. Could be beef, could be pork, poultry or fish. Might be a lot, might be a little, but there's some kind of meat.

32 posted on 01/11/2012 8:57:16 PM PST by GATOR NAVY ("The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen." -Dennis Prager)
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To: writer33

living on ramen noodles


33 posted on 01/11/2012 9:03:40 PM PST by dila813
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To: GATOR NAVY

They have put nearly all the fishermen on the California coast out of business.

Where do you get your fish?


34 posted on 01/11/2012 9:04:17 PM PST by hedgetrimmer
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To: iowamark

Read `The International Meat Crisis` and rethink where you get your meat.


35 posted on 01/11/2012 9:08:44 PM PST by rfreedom4u (Forced diversity causes dissent!)
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To: iowamark

Environmentalists and Corn farmers and their whore lawmakers have become Rent-seeking fascist/corporatists who have stolen the food supply of the American people.

http://bigpictureagriculture.blogspot.com/2011/12/update-on-percent-of-corn-crop-being.html

Here are the latest percentages of corn being turned into ethanol domestically and globally, based upon the last WASDE report data:
U.S. corn crop being turned into ethanol: 40.6%
Percent of the global corn crop being turned into ethanol here in the U.S.: 14.6% (Note that this doesn’t include corn ethanol being made outside of the U.S.)

December World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report.

“What each of us can relate to is our higher cost of food at the supermarket. Using 41% of our corn crop for ethanol makes our domestic food costs go up. More farmers are dedicating their acres to planting corn instead of wheat, barley, dry beans, oats, cotton, peanuts, and other crops. Wheat and soybeans are being substituted as feed world-wide due to high corn prices. Corn is used in feed, and high corn prices cause hardships for livestock producers. Cattle herds have been culled, turkey and poultry facilities have closed, and dairy producers are struggling while we all pay more for peanut butter.

Meats, dairy, eggs, fats and oils are all up more than 10% this year, far exceeding the core price inflation. That is not what our struggling middle class needs in this 2011 economic hard time. Talk about the ethanol industry biting the hand that feeds it. We taxpayers subsidize ethanol production, and then we pay higher food prices for what we eat.”


36 posted on 01/11/2012 9:12:58 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: iowamark

It IS the weak economy.

Jeez.


37 posted on 01/11/2012 9:13:48 PM PST by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: iowamark

We let the cows eat the veggies.....then, we eat the cows.


38 posted on 01/11/2012 9:14:39 PM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: Grizzled Bear

“Being a vegetarian means never needing to apologize for being gay, not that there’s anything wrong for that.

Don’t worry. Us carnivores won’t judge you...much. “

Dildos are a meat substitute for gay women.


39 posted on 01/11/2012 9:15:42 PM PST by Rembrandt (.. AND the donkey you rode in on.)
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To: Vendome

“We don’t really need to eat as much meat as we do and it cost less to eat whole grains, Legumes, beans and veggies.”

I applaud your decision on your health; are you ok with me choosing to eat meat every day since that is MY decision?


40 posted on 01/11/2012 9:18:49 PM PST by Rembrandt (.. AND the donkey you rode in on.)
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To: rsobin

You misread my post. Read the title, then read my post.

I haven’t quit eating meat and won’t.


41 posted on 01/11/2012 9:20:34 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~..... GO NEWT GO.....!)
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To: iowamark

Yea....more for ME!


42 posted on 01/11/2012 9:24:10 PM PST by goodnesswins (2012..."We mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor")
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To: iowamark

Just recommitted to the Whataburger Double Double. It’s good. And as well, ANYTHING to hack off PETA.


43 posted on 01/11/2012 9:24:17 PM PST by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine)
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To: Vendome

I planted 4 Texas Everbearing figs this year. In the middle of the horrible drought.

All 4 survived and it looked like I would actually make some figs the first year. Frost came too soon.

But next year I look forward to a crop. Along with a lot of strawberries and blackberries.

My blueberries did not do so well 1 of 4 survived. Our soil is mildly alkali, suspect I did not put enough peat moss on the soil.


44 posted on 01/11/2012 9:25:53 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: writer33
80% hamburger is going for close to $3/#...good rib eyes are a deal at $4.99....beef has just gone thru the roof...

I think people are trying to cook more economically....using a little bit less meat with rice/pasta/taters etc...soup/stews....

people have to because of the poor economy and the food inflation....

45 posted on 01/11/2012 9:27:50 PM PST by cherry
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To: righttackle44

Whataburger! Yum.


46 posted on 01/11/2012 9:28:34 PM PST by BenKenobi (Rick Santorum - "The Force is strong with this one")
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To: iowamark

Has absolutely nothing to do with “going out of style”. No- it’s going “out of budget”!

The insane inflation of beef and pork prices in particular are killing the bottom line for many families. One could list many reasons, from feed prices to the value of the $US. Some ranchers say they are not getting a price for “on the hoof” beef that supermarket prices might lead one to believe. In fact, usually when there is drought in beef-producing areas, the market sees a glut of beef (and drop In price).


47 posted on 01/11/2012 9:43:12 PM PST by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: iowamark; Constitution Day

Bacon Man will save us!

48 posted on 01/11/2012 9:47:15 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: iowamark
Not this American. We have eaten less steak this last year because of the price, but there are lots of other meat choices that are still economical. We can get a few meals out of a nice pop roast, or a large pot of meaty spaghetti sauce, or my favorite Shepard's pie. But meat is still part of nearly every dinner we have.
49 posted on 01/11/2012 10:05:42 PM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: Nik Naym

No it isn’t. Wake up.


50 posted on 01/11/2012 10:19:59 PM PST by hedgetrimmer
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