Why Americans Eat the Same Boring Meat Over and Over
Squirrel, rabbit, venison: It's what's never for dinner
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 23, 2014 8:23 AM CST
Americans' typical meat choices are pretty limited.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Sure, Americans chow down on about 280 pounds of meat each per year, compared to the 181 pounds in your average developed country. But chances are those 280 pounds come from the same three or four meat-producing animals: Chicken, beef, pork, and maybe a little turkey. While North America has long had plenty of edible land animals, ranging from deer to squirrels, that doesn't translate to much in the way of menu choice for carnivores. The reason for that has a lot to do with the history of the meat industry in the US, Lauren Davis explains at io9.

Westward expansion allowed the growth of cattle ranching at a time when cities like New York and Chicago needed to feed surging populations. Meanwhile, European cattle suffered from a virus that forced Europeans to turn to the US for their beef. Packers shipped huge amounts of the stuff to consumers. Deer ranching, by contrast, didn't take off, and required federal inspections for venison are much harder to come by. But while pretty much all poultry "tastes like chicken" in the US, the Technician notes that the Chinese have included pigeon and quail in their domestic poultry industry; geese and duck are common elsewhere. Another part of America's diversity problem? A simple lack of recipes that include more exotic meats. Click for Davis' full piece.

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commonknowledge
Feb 24, 2014 8:51 PM CST
I do love horses very much, but I have to admitt I am also a Hypocrite, because I still eat now and than some other meat. No animals wants to die, regardless and the way they are treated before they are butchered is so horrible. The butchers are for the most part really people with no feelings and hurt the poor animals even before they get killed. It is sick. The only thing I can do for my part is to become a vergetarian, and I am working hard on that.l
FarmerMichael
Feb 24, 2014 5:41 PM CST
Times have changed. In the 60s, that school of liberals, Reed College (Steve Jobs is a well known drop out) had a wonderful book out called the "Starving Student's Cookbook." It guided folks to a market near the school that sold horse meat. My mother used to buy horse meat there as well and her 4-H horse group used to have such as stews for their meetings. Now, if you mention eating horse, the PETA folks will burn you at the stake. (Same liberals...only older...) Yet the mustang adoption program is jammed, the Government stuck with feeding captured wild horses, Indian reservations are getting full and millions of horses lanquish in pastures as ridership is well below the number that exist. The funny bit is this is an issue even the GOP will stay away from as the just passed Farm Bill contained a clause that prohibits funding of any inspection of horse meat in the US. More manufactured meat for all....
BarackMustGo
Feb 24, 2014 5:00 PM CST
The United States is the only 'over' developed country in the world. We don't need to eat our pets, little fury creature we feed in the park, or so animals balls to get a hard on. And for those in need, Viagra.