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During World War II, Americans were rationed an average of about 6 ounces of meat per day. In England the allowance was only 16 ounces per week.

It takes about 2 pounds of grain to produce one pound of chicken meat, about 4 pounds of grain to produce 1 pound of pork, and about 8 pounds of grain to produce 1 pound of beef.

Lean young veal may be as much as 80% water, and fully fattened beef may be about 50% water.

Why are the contents of nuts called nut meats? Until about 1300 the term 'meat' referred to any solid food, and 'drink' to liquid food.  Around that year, meat began to be used to refer to the flesh of animals.  It wasn't until later that the term took on its modern meaning - when animal flesh started to become a significant part of the English diet.

Per Capita Consumption of Meats in U.S. (2007):

    • Chicken 84.9 lbs
    • Turkey 18.0 lbs
    • Beef 63.5 lbs
    • Pork 48.2 lbs
    • Lamb & Mutton 1.0 lbs


In 2002 American meat packers produced over 27 billion pounds of beef, 205 million pounds of veal, 19.7 billion pounds of pork and 222 million pounds of lamb and mutton.



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