PETA must be ecstatic! Ha!
American's are either eating more veggies or all those Chic-fil-A commercials are working because beef consumption in the United States has continued to decline in 2011.
According to the USDA, this year's U.S. per capita beef consumption was at 57.4 lbs. per person, which is down 13% from 2001 and 25% from 1980!
By 2012 it is estimated that Americans will be eating an average of 54.1 lbs. of beef.
Sources cite the poor economy and high unemployment rates which are discouraging Americans from treating themselves to a nice steak dinner at a restaurant or even at home.
To cope, the beef industry is creating new cuts of beef to produce cheaper steaks to compensate for our country's thinner wallets.
Their plan is working (a little bit) as steak sales have risen 1.3% in the last 52 weeks, while ground beef sales have increased 7%.
[Image via WENN.]
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