As Processing Plants Reopen, More Meat For Americans To Eat

The faster-than-expected recovery in slaughter production has almost neutralized the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the U.S. meat supply, said the government on Thursday. The USDA estimated that Americans will consume an average of 220.2 pounds of red meat and poultry this year — more than half a pound a day apiece. At 220.2 pounds, per capita meat consumption would be down 1% from last year, which would end five years of gradual increases that were part of the recovery from the Great Recession. But it would be 7.2 pounds more per person than the USDA estimated a month ago, reflecting meat production that would be 1.4 billion pounds greater than forecast in May. Read More at Agriculture

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