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Per capita availability of red meat, poultry, seafood rising

Red meat and poultry forecast to rise by approximately 3 billion pounds year over year in 2020.

After falling from 148.6 pounds in 2004 to 133.5 pounds in 2014, the per capita supply of red meat, poultry, and fish/shellfish available for Americans to eat, after adjusting for losses, rose to 143.9 pounds in 2017, U.S. Department of Agriculture data show. Red meat accounted for 51% of 2017’s 143.9-pound total, compared with 42% for poultry and 7% for fish and shellfish.

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