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<a href="http://vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=5224&catId=8" target="_blank">http://vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=5224&catId=8</a><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">A recent report from the US Department of Agriculture is forecasting that significantly less meat will be produced in 2013 compared to previous years due in large part to increased feed costs, while a statistical analysis of meat demand by countinganimals.com suggests the trend is due to the fact that US citizens just don’t want to eat as much meat. The USDA report predicts that next year Americans will eat a half billion fewer chickens and 400,000 fewer cows compared to 2006, as well as 12 million fewer pigs compared to 2007, and 22 million fewer turkeys than in 2008. The Counting Animals’ study suggests that 93 percent of the chicken consumption decline and 70 percent of the beef consumption decline is not due to external factors such as cost increase, but simply reduced desire. In October, the Worldwatch Institute reported that global meat consumption was already slumping.</div>
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My official response to this:<br><br><img alt="carrot.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.veggieboards.com/images/smilies/carrot.gif"><img alt="broccoli.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.veggieboards.com/images/smilies/broccoli.gif"><img alt="dancingbanana.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.veggieboards.com/images/smilies/dancingbanana.gif">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Werewolf Girl</strong> <a href="/t/138323/2013-us-meat-production-will-sharply-decline#post_3199585"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
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My official response to this:<br><img alt="carrot.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.veggieboards.com/images/smilies/carrot.gif"><img alt="broccoli.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.veggieboards.com/images/smilies/broccoli.gif"><img alt="dancingbanana.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.veggieboards.com/images/smilies/dancingbanana.gif"></div>
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I saw this on FB from Mercy For Animals!  I'm super excited.  Think about all the animals it will save.</p>
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<p>The MFA article also said that <em>demand</em> in meat is also in decline, citing this study:<a href="http://www.countinganimals.com/meat-consumption-and-demand-both-in-decline/" target="_blank">http://www.countinganimals.com/meat-consumption-and-demand-both-in-decline/</a>, which I think is absolutely incredible!</p>
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<p>The MFA article is here: <a href="http://www.mfablog.org/2012/12/new-report-us-demand-for-meat-to-drop-dramatically-in-2013.html" target="_blank">http://www.mfablog.org/2012/12/new-report-us-demand-for-meat-to-drop-dramatically-in-2013.html</a></p>
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<p>My only question is why?  The study controlled for cost so we can't just say its higher meat prices.  And MFA's explanation of increased awareness of conditions of factory farms just doesn't cut it with me.  Perhaps that accounts for some decrease, but I wouldn't say the majority.</p>
 

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From what I've read health reasons is another big factor, it's a trend right now especially with so many cities introducing Meatless Mondays.<br><br>
I'd really like to believe a lot of it is for ethical reasons though. If you look at how effective campaigns against factory farming have been in places like Australia and Israel it makes sense that they would be making a difference in North America too.
 

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<p>I heard this on MFA too...yay!!! There will be even less demand when we implement meatless monday at my college!</p>
 

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<p>This is very exciting. I'm sure the meat industry is planning a counter-attack with briefly lowered prices, increased marketing, or maybe a revival of Atkins-style fad diets. Veg*ns should be up on their game and ready to fight industry schemes.</p>
 
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This is very exciting. I'm sure the meat industry is planning a counter-attack with briefly lowered prices, increased marketing, or maybe a revival of Atkins-style fad diets. Veg*ns should be up on their game and ready to fight industry schemes.</div>
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I agree, it's important to keep pushing back and promoting AR and a vegan lifestyle. Now more than ever I think we have a chance to reach people.
 
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