Rising Meat Prices May Prompt Consumers to Reduce Meat Consumption

By Reed Mangels, PhD, RD

In July, 2021 Bloomberg
News reported
that meat sales were down in the United States, Argentina,
and other countries. The report goes on to say that in the United States, meat
sales at grocery stores are 12% lower than they were a year ago. A partial
explanation for this drop in meat sales may be the rise in meat prices in many
countries. According to the USDA, the
retail price of fresh beef in the United States has increased 12.7% over the
past 5 months (February-July 2021). Pork prices increased 10.7% and chicken
prices increased 4.6% over the same time period. An additional factor that may
affect meat sales in some countries is the increased sale of plant-based meat
replacers. While these products are popular for many reasons, they may not be
affordable from some who are concerned about the rising cost of meat.

     The Vegetarian
Resource Group has many ideas for eating a low-cost vegan diet. The next time a
friend or family member mentions the high price of meat, suggest that they
explore some vegan options.

For ideas about eating vegan on a budget see: