Statistics show Americans are eating less beef

December 23, 2011 4:00:08 PM PST
New statistics from the USDA show Americans are eating 13 percent less beef than a decade ago.

Beef may be losing popularity to leaner meats and vegetarian diets among more health-conscious consumers.

The statistics show beef consumption has dropped 25 percent since 1980.

Recently, high U.S. unemployment amid a financial recession may be keeping many cash-strapped Americans out of restaurants that offer beef on the menu.

The beef industry has countered by developing new, more affordable cuts of meat.

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