Americans Expected to Eat Less Meat This Year


I’m Tricia Sloma with today’s AgDay Minute.

A new report says Americans will eat slightly less meat this year than last. The USDA says in it its new Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook, that we’ll eat 224- pounds of meat per person this year. That’s compared to 225-last year. Experts say it’s because more beef and poultry meat is being exported leaving less here at home.

More people are eating cauliflower these days. And in response, America’s farmers are growing more, and we’re also importing more. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the increasing cauliflower demand has been driven by the popularity of low-carb and gluten-free dietary trends. California farms produce more than three-quarters of the domestic cauliflower crop.

An indoor farming operation backed by Martha Stewart is starting to move into some big grocery stores, including Kroger and Walmart. Kentucky-based AppHarvest plans to ship 45-million pounds of tomatoes each year from its 60-acre indoor farm in Morehead. The company says it will build 11-more indoor farms across the area by 2025. But it’s just one of several big players in the fast-growing indoor farming space. Experts say tech advances from the cannabis industry and lower-cost, energy-efficient L-E-D bulbs are helping fuel growth, along with increasing customer demand for sustainable food.

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