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Why we're eating less beef Published: July 29, 2014

Beef. It's still what's for dinner, but not as often as it used to be. At least, that's what recent USDA data suggests, reports.

According to department records, Americans consumed roughly 300 million pounds less beef in 2013 than they did in 2012. In fact, per capita consumption has been dropping since beef-eating peaked 94.4 pounds in 1976. Last year, it hit an all-time low of 56.4 pounds per person.

But a recent report from Mother Jones argues that dwindling consumer preference for beef—while worrying for U.S. cattle producers—may be good news for everyone in the long run, reports.

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