With only a few exceptions, production of broilers (the most efficient converter of feed to meat) has outpaced growth in beef and pork production since 1990, and poultry meat has been the major meat produced and consumed in the United States since the mid-1990s. Total domestic per capita beef, pork, and poultry disappearance (a proxy for use) has declined in recent years, reflecting higher feed costs and higher retail prices, as well as the effects of the 2007-09 economic recession. However, higher exports of meats and products have been a larger source of demand.
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