A recent study suggests that Americans are consuming far more pork than they are eating meat, despite the fact that meat consumption has been on a steady decline in the U.S. and Europe.
That trend has been driven in part by the country’s increasing use of meat substitutes such as meatballs, bacon and chicken strips, according to the new study by the University of California, Berkeley.
The findings, published this week in the journal PLOS One, are a stark reminder that the meat industry continues to be one of the world’s most profitable sectors and could become even more so if the Trump administration moves forward with a ban on pork imports.
“We need to take a look at our pork supply chains,” said University of Alabama, Birmingham, professor of anthropology and human evolution who was not involved in the research.
“And how do we balance supply and demand?”
A pork shortage could put pressure on the meat market, where prices are set based on supply and a demand for high-quality meat.
“If you’re looking at a supply chain that is focused on high-volume, high-value meats, and you’re going to get that demand, that will make you price yourself out of the market,” said Jonathan Gruber, a professor at the University at Buffalo and co-author of the new PLOS paper.
But that could also lead to an even higher price tag for consumers who would prefer to buy local, lean meats, which have lower fat and lower calories than pork products.
“The question is: Can you maintain the price?” said Gruber.
“You’re going back to a situation where you’re basically just buying meat that’s cheaper than it used to be.”
While pork has been gaining market share in recent years, meat substitutes are increasingly being used to make meatballs or sausage.
While there are a variety of alternatives, the most popular pork substitutes are typically high-fat, high in sodium, and often made with hormones and antibiotics.
While the FDA has banned pork imports for over two decades, it has not yet decided whether to restrict meat imports to animals raised in gestation crates.
As a result, a growing number of companies, including some from major pork producers, are turning to pork products for their beef and pork products, which are traditionally sold in larger quantities than other meats.
As the supply of pork increases, so does the demand for pork.
The new study looked at nearly 1,400 samples of pork products and found that in the past 15 years, the percentage of pork substitutes sold in the United States increased from just under 50 percent to over 50 percent.
By comparison, the U, S. has consumed less than 1 percent of the pork consumed worldwide.
While consumers increasingly want leaner and cheaper meats, Gruber said the increased demand for meat products is also affecting demand for the pork that goes into those products.
That’s a problem because the U., S. is the world leader in pork production, according the World Health Organization.
“Pork consumption is actually going up, but pork production is also going down,” he said.
“What happens when the demand exceeds the supply?”
While pork substitutes have been used for decades in the meat business, the new research suggests that demand for beef and other beef products is now rising.
The researchers found that for every dollar that a consumer spends on a pork substitute, the amount of beef they buy drops by $0.25.
That means the meat is actually less expensive for consumers, but the extra cost of beef goes into the pockets of the owners of the meat.
In a recent study, researchers found the consumption of beef is rising worldwide, as consumers want less of the animal.
While researchers estimate the U for beef production in the US was $1.9 billion in 2017, that figure is expected to grow to $5.2 billion by 2023.
And the trend could extend to other countries where beef is being grown, as the U is not the world capital of beef production.
While many meat companies have been trying to lower their meat prices, they are still struggling to keep up with the demand.
The meat industry is also trying to change the way people eat meat, according Gruber and others who work in the industry.
Meat is becoming a more important part of people’s diets, but there are still major hurdles ahead, according.
“In the U and Europe, we see a lot of people who are very satisfied with their health care,” said Grubers co-authors.
“But in China, they don’t want to eat pork.”
“What we’re seeing in China is a lot more people are trying to get healthier by eating healthier foods, eating better fats, eating less meat,” said Paul J. Heilmann, a meat expert at the UConn Meat Institute.
“A lot of these folks are actually eating more meat because they’re not satisfied with the way they eat it.”
Heilman added that