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Census Bureau releases food statistics

Posted Jan 09 2011 3:15pm

Thanks to the New York Times for telling us about the Census Bureau’s release of the 2011 Statistical Abstract of the U.S .  This is lots of fun and the Times’ account picked out a few highlights of what has changed since 2000:

  • The meat industry is contracting? Red meat consumption is 108.3 pounds per capita, down 5.4 pounds.
  • Nutritionists!  Uh oh: Vegetable consumption is 392.7 pounds per capita, down a shocking 30 pounds.
  • The wine industry must be happy: Wine consumption is 2.5 gallons per capita, up by half a gallon.
  • The establishment of organic standards in 2002 is working: Organic farmland covers 4.8 million acres, a 170% increase.
  • Hold your nose: Five states—Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina, and South Dakota—have more pigs than people.

You can pick out your own favorite food and nutrition factoids by taking a look at the health and nutrition and the Agriculture statistical tables.  Fisheries has a section of its own.  Enjoy!

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