Per capita use of red meat (beef and pork) and poultry (broilers and turkey) is projected to rise from roughly 218 pounds per person in 2017 to 222 pounds by 2027, according to the ten-year projections in a new report by USDA’s Economic Research Service.
This represents a return to pre-Great Recession availability levels, marking a rebound from the low of 199 pounds per person observed in 2014.
Latest available trade data totals for 2017 show that exported U.S. red meat, poultry, egg, and dairy products went mostly to Asia and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) countries, according to USDA’s latest Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook report.
Additional export shares were accounted for by Central/South America and the Caribbean (CSA&C) and the EU, with the balance attributed to the aggregate “Rest of World” (ROW).
The export data comes as the United States continues negotiations to either update or leave NAFTA and has already withdrawn from the Trans-Pacific Parntership, with an eye toward negotiating bilateral trade agreements instead.
New research from the research firm Mintel revealed taste as the top reason U.S. adults who eat plant-based proteins do so (52 percent), outranking concerns over diet (10 percent), animal protection (11 percent), the environment (13 percent) and even health (39 percent).
The research was based on responses from 1,876 U.S. internet users aged 18 or over that eat plant-based proteins. The study also indicated that 46 percent of Americans agree that plant-based proteins are better for you than animal-based options.Whether a desire to avoid processed foods (39 percent), manage weight (31 percent) or promote muscle growth (16 percent), many plant-based protein consumers are motivated by maintaining or improving their health and well-being, according to the Mintel survey.