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[Carnism] Meat Consumption in the U.S. Is Growing at an Alarming Rate

The U.S. has the world’s second-highest consumption of beef and buffalo after Argentina. 

Burgers, bacon, steaks, and other meat products have come under scrutiny in recent years due to their impact on health, sustainability, and social justice issues. 

The number of companies working on meat alternatives in the U.S. is growing. Half of U.S. consumers under the age of 50 have already tried a plant-based meat product. Yet meat consumption in the U.S. is on the rise. As of 2017, America had the second-highest meat consumption in the world, surpassed only by Hong Kong. 

How Much Meat Is Consumed in the U.S.?

Americans consume around 274 pounds of meat per year on average, not accounting for seafood and fish, or individual food waste. Continue