The United States consumes the most meat per capita of any nation in the world. As of 2009, Americans consumed an average of 265 pounds of meat per person annually, dwarfing the global average of 92 pounds per person. The nation's voracious appetite for meat has created a massive and heavily mechanized domestic meat industry. The United States produced about 132 billion pounds of meat in 2013.
Chickens, cattle, and hogs make up the vast majority of meats produced in the country. More than 8.5 billion chickens were slaughtered nationwide in 2014, followed by roughly 32.5 million cattle, and 112 million pigs in 2013.