Every day is food day for the people who put meat and poultry on our tables.
Value and Convenience.Not only do America’s meat and poultry companies make food, we make food affordable and convenient. Americans spend less as a percent of disposable income on food, and on meat and poultry in particular, than any other country in the world. And in the last 50 years, we’ve helped cut the family’s meal prep time in half.
Choices.Today’s meat case is a modern marvel that can be summed up in one word: choice. Whether shopping based on price, dietary restrictions or health reasons, you have a choice. That choice could be lean, low-fat, fat-free, gluten-free, organic, free range, low-sodium, and on and on. The choices offered to Americans are unparalleled.
Too much? To little? No, just right.According to data in the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans technical report, the meat and beans group (now called protein) is the only food group consumed at recommended levels. The updated Dietary Guidelines recommend that Americans continue to consume 5-7 ounces from the protein category every day.
Protecting the environment.America’s meat producers, packers and processors are committed to protecting the environment. Our nation’s farmers, packers and processors, and their children, drink the same water, breathe the same air and eat the same food as everyone else.
Humane focus.The Humane Slaughter Act dictates strict animal handling and slaughtering practices for packing plants. Those standards are monitored by Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) inspectors nationwide, who are present in packing plants during every minute of operation. FSIS inspectors are empowered to take action in a plant any time they identify a violation of the Act. Working with leading experts, including Dr. Temple Grandin, professor of animal science at Colorado State University, the industry embraces the idea that the proper treatment of animals is not only the right thing to do ethically, it also has positive benefits for meat quality, worker morale and plant efficiency.
Technology for good.The meat and poultry industry is not only helping to feed 300 million Americans, but the world’s population as well. Advances in livestock and poultry production practices and processing efficiencies have made the U.S. a major supplier of meat and poultry to countries around the world. And with the global population climbing at 7 billion plus, as Norman Bourlag said, “You can't build a peaceful world on empty stomachs and human misery."
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