A new report indicates that the number of chickens raised and killed for meat at the end of this year has decreased because of a lower demand for meat. The latest report from the US Department of Agriculture states that although broiler chicken meat production for the first half of 2011 was 4.8 percent higher than last year, growth is expected to halt for the remainder of the year, with production at an estimated 1.3 to 2 percent lower than 2010’s numbers. Meat consumption has declined for the last four years in a row, with per capita consumption of all meat dropping by approximately one pound per person in the US last year.
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