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Ethnic Shift Favors Goat Meat

posted on May 2, 2003

Who's that tripp-trapping across my plate?

The USDA says shifting demographics and a rising ethnic population have spurred a big increase in the consumption of goat meat in the United States.

Between 1997 and 2001, the number of goats slaughtered for food jumped from 40-thousand to 550-thousand. The government says the growth of goat meat consumption has outpaced the growth in beef consumption by 11 percent.

The USDA notes that in large ethnic markets, goat meat sells for as much as eight-and-a-half dollars a pound.

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