Americans consume on average about 57 pounds of beef per person per year. According to the USDA, Americans consume an average of about 57 pounds of beef per person per year. This is based on the most recent available data, which is from 2019. Beef consumption in the United States has fluctuated over the years, with a peak of 91.9 pounds per person in 1976, and a low of 54.8 pounds per person in 2009.
The decline in beef consumption per capita in the last decades has been attributed to a variety of factors, such as health concerns, dietary preferences, and economic factors. However, the decline in beef consumption has been less drastic than the decline in pork and poultry, which are considered to be healthier meats.
It’s worth noting that the per capita beef consumption is not an exact representation of the amount of beef that each person consumes. It includes the beef consumed by all the population, including children and elderly people, who tend to consume less beef. Additionally, it also includes edible beef by-products and non-edible products such as hides, bones, and tallow, which are also used for industrial purposes.