Surprising Changes in Per Capita American Food Consumption
“It is not government’s job to mandate responsibility on
our behalf. We have the intelligence and good sense to
make wise consumption choices for ourselves and our
children. It is up to us to do what is best for our
health and our children’s health.
– Michael Crapo (U.S. Senator from Idaho)
What’s happened to meat and dairy consumption
during the 2-decade period between 1990 and 2010?
According to the United States Department of
Per capita consumption of red meat dropped from
119.4 pounds to 111.7 pounds.
Per capita consumption of chicken increased from
60.6 pounds to 80.0 pounds.
Per capita consumption of liquid milk dropped from
233.3 pounds to 203.4 pounds.
Per capita consumption of cheese rose from
38 pounds to 43.6 pounds.
Bad publicity and real science about milk most
certainly contributed to the decline, but consumers
have been scared into eating additional cheese by
those people who market and promote dairy products
by using calcium scare tactics.
What a mistake! I should have simultaneously become the
UnCheeseman at the same time I became the NotMilkman.
Clearly, the animal rights movement is not waging
a very effective campaign. After first becoming involved
in the AR movement in 1995, I’ve noted how AR groups
have focused upon the plight of abused chickens.
From 1995 until 2000, activists and lobbyists have
increased their altruistic efforts in creating greater
public awareness of the horrible nature in which
chickens live and die. How they are de-beaked. How they
are confined. How they are killed without first being
stunned. By promoting compassionate slaughter laws,
AR organizations have relieved the guilt of chicken
eaters, who now enjoy eating more chicken by supposedly
doing so compassionately.
While red meat consumption has declined by 6.54 percent,
chicken consumption has increased by 32.3 percent!
Overall, the consumption of red meat and chicken
resulted in a combined increase over the past 20
years from 180 pounds per person to 191.7 pounds
per person. That represents a 6.5 percent increase.
Since ten pounds of milk are required to produce one
pound of hard cheese, the dairy “influence” has increased
from 613.3 pounds of liquid milk plus the milk required to
produce the cheese to a whopping 639.4 pounds per person
which represents an actual 4.25 percent increase.
As for the animal rights movement, ask yourself why it is
that total meat and chicken consumption and total dairy
and cheese consumption have increased during the past
20 years? Are the dollars altruistic people donate to
animal rights groups being wasted by huge AR salaries
and groups that make animal welfare their priority?
Larger cages and easier ways for animals to die show
results which A.R. groups distort. The proof is in the
(Note: Yorkshire pudding is made with milk, eggs,
and fat drippings from the roasted beast.)