The United States remains one of the globe's most carnivorous nations, but things have changed subtly in recent decades. While our consumption of chicken has skyrocketed, we're eating much less red meat.
Overall per capita meat consumption has fallen nearly 10 percent since the 2007-'8 financial meltdown; and as we cut back on quantity, we're more likely to pay for animals raised outside and not dosed with all manner of drugs.
Meanwhile, though, the meat industry lurches on, consolidating operations and stuffing its factory-scale facilities ever tighter with animals...
The drumbeat is growing louder for Americans to adopt healthier diets. This chart shows that in a relatively short time span, shoppers have become more focused on the healthiness of the goods they are buying.
CAFOs [Concentrated Animal Farming Operations] are susceptible primarily to three pathogens that also make people sick: MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus); Campylobacter and Salmonella; and E. Coli
The need to feed billions of people efficiently (and make billions of dollars off it) has given rise to large-scale animal farming operations. But are these mega-operations helping feed us or making us all sick?