Is Meat and Poultry Affordable?

Aug 02, 2017

ProteinCan products be affordable and safe at the same time? The U.S. meat industry provides products that are in fact both affordable and safe. The industry has worked to increase the affordability of the product. Over 50 years ago, it was common to spend over twenty percent of disposable income on food, today that number has dropped down to below ten percent.

To put it in context, in 2012 the Bureau of Labors Statics said the cost of ground beef had raised to $3.08 per pound, at that time a record high due to the high feed costs and cattle shortage. That pound of ground beef could be made into four quarter pound beef hamburger patties. This brings the price per serving of meat down to $0.77. On the other hand, a single serving of a coffee latte at a popular coffee chain costs around $3.65.

The U.S. is able to provide affordable meats domestically and internationally. This provides benefits to other nations and helps to improve our domestic economy. The U.S. has a strong demand for meat exports, according to the USDA, U.S. beef exports totaled 1,133,947 metric tons in 2012, while U.S. pork exports totaled 2,262,125 metric tons. A strong export market means a greater number of jobs domestically to produce the products.

Customers also aren’t just limited to eating hamburgers. The U.S. meat and poultry consumers have a wider array of products than any other nation in the world. Consumers are able to choose from a variety of different meat products that are produced according to their demands. The industry provides products for a wide scope of customer demands and has products that are backed by the American Heart Association.


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