Published in Purdue Agricultural Economics Report, August 1, 2004, pages 10-11.
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. Changes in food consumption patterns can be the result of changing demographic characteristics, changing lifestyles, increasing health awareness, and nutritional concerns. Prior research suggests that these factors have significant influence on the demand for meat (Capps and Schmitz; Kinnucan, Hsia, and Jackson). The recent interest in low carbohydrate diets and the association with increased red meat consumption is an anecdotal example of this phenomenon.
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