America loves chicken, but this wasn’t the case 40 years ago, when pork and beef reigned supreme in our kitchens. A combination of health considerations, cost savings, and smart marketing have led the US (and the rest of the world) to what Mother Jones calls “Peak Chicken”. In an eye opening series of graphs, MJ show us just how chicken (and eggs) have overtaken traditional sources of animal protein in the span of less than two generations. At any given minute, there are 6 chickens in some US farm for every single American!
Another interesting graphic depicts how we purchase chicken. In the past, people bought a whole chicken and cut it up at home (or prepared it as is). Now, the most popular form is “further processed”. We can only assume this is McNuggets of various shapes and sizes. Indeed, convenience trumps all.