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.