From ANIMAL PEOPLE, March 2012:
CHICAGO-–“Americans will consume 12.2% less meat and poultry in 2012 than they did in 2007,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture projected in December 2011.
Analysts ranging from the commodities trading firm CMI Group and the Daily Livestock Report mostly attributed falling meat consumption to higher feed grain prices, which have made meat and poultry more expensive. Food writers, however, tended to note that the number of self-declared vegetarians in the U.S. has increased from 1% in 1971 to 3.4% in 2009. Read more