Rising food prices, Meatless Mondays, new USDA dietary guidelines, and a growing body of research urging Americans to eat less meat are hurting beef and pork producers in the US. Beef and pork consumption have dropped by nine and four pounds per person, respectively, since 2000. The meat industry believes that the biggest culprit for the reduction is the increased price of meat due to rising corn feed prices, while claiming campaigns to reduce consumption are misguided as consumers need the protein and nutrients that beef and pork provide. The average American eats about 110 pounds of beef and pork per year.
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