According to the USDA’s Agricultural Long-Term Projections
to 2017, per capita consumption of broilers, which was 85.4 pounds in 2007, will grow to 88.1 pounds.
Meanwhile, this compares with per capita beef consumption, which was 65.0 pounds in 2007, but will decrease year by year until 2017, when it is expected to fall to 60.1 pounds. The USDA expects that this decrease in red meat consumption will not significantly shift to other, cheaper proteins. Per capita consumption of pork, which was 50.5 pounds in 2007, is expected to drop to 48.8 pounds in 2017
The net decrease for all three proteins would be 2.9 pounds, reflecting production adjustments to higher feed costs as well as rising exports across species.
Annual per capita consumption of red meats and poultry falls from 221 pounds in 2007 to a low of 214 pounds in 2012-14, then resumes growth to almost 217 pounds in 2017.