The Impact of Health Information and Demographic Changes on Aggregate Meat Demand

Christiane Schroeter, Purdue University - Main Campus
Ken Foster, Purdue University - Main Campus

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21 pages.

Copyright 2004 by Christiane Schroeter and Ken Foster. All rights reserved. Readers may make verbatim copies of this document for non-commercial purposes by any means, provided that this copyright notice appears on all such copies. This research was partially supported by the USDA CSREES National Research Initiative Project entitled Estimating Changing Market Conduct in the U.S. Pork Slaughter Industry.

NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Christiane Schroeter was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.


Over the past few decades, U.S. meat consumption patterns have changed. Figure 1 shows the U.S. per-capita meat consumption from 1970-1999. Consumers have increased their total meat consumption by 9.3% from 1970 to 1999, however, the composition of the meat consumption changed as well. While beef consumption has consistently decreased since 1985 - that of poultry and fish have increased. Per capita pork consumption has not changed on average from the 1970’s to the 1990’s.