January 1, 2011
Americans in 18th/19th century ate 3-4x as much meat as today.
Trends in meat consumption in the United States
Source: Roger Horowitz, Putting Meat on the American Table (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000):11–17; Adapted from Carrie R. Daniel et al., “Trends in Meat Consumption in the USA,” Public Health Nutrition 14, no. 4 (2011): Figure 2, 578.
Americans in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries ate three to four times more red meat than they do today.