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The poorest among them ate 136 pounds a year, and the wealthiest more than 200 pounds of meat.

January 1, 1909

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Putting Meat on the American Table

USA History

In the book Putting Meat on the American Table, researcher Roger Horowitz scours the literature for data on how much meat Americans actually ate. A survey of eight thousand urban Americans in 1909 showed that the poorest among them ate 136 pounds a year, and the wealthiest more than 200 pounds.