Profile America: National Chicken Month

NATIONAL CHICKEN MONTH

Profile America — Wednesday, September 14.  One of our favorite foods is being celebrated — it’s National Chicken Month, nicely complementing September’s Mushroom Month and Rice Month.  The versatility of chicken — served in numerous ways ranging from Southern fried style to sandwiches to salads — drives a demand that has reached over 40 million pounds a year in the U.S. alone.  This is more than double the broiler production in 1990.  Americans eat about 92 pounds of chicken per capita annually, over 43 percent of the combined consumption of red meat, pork and poultry.  Georgia is the top producer — followed by Arkansas and Alabama.  The result is certainly not chicken feed but a $64 billion a year industry involving some 530 poultry processing establishments.  

You can find more facts about America’s people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey.

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