22 November 2011

Turkey, cranberries and other Thanksgiving food by the numbers

This Thanksgiving, friends and family across America will come together to enjoy a bountiful feast. So, what does all of that food look like when broken down into numbers? The U.S. Census Bureau has collected all the facts on popular Thanksgiving food numbers for the year.

  • 248 million turkeys are expected to be raised for consumption in the United States in 2011.
  • In 2010, the number of turkeys produced all together weighed in at 7.11 billion pounds and was valued at $4.37 billion.
  • Minnesota has the highest turkey production at 46.5 million turkeys, followed by North Carolina, Arkansas, Missouri, Virginia, and Indiana.
  • 99.7 percent of U.S. live turkey imports are from Canada.
  • 13.3 pounds of turkey was consumed by the average American in 2009.

(And, while we're on the subject of turkeys being consumed for Thanksgiving, read this: The shame of modern industrial turkey farming. Consider opting for a Tofurky feast this year.)

  • 750 million pounds of cranberry is expected to be produced in 2011. Wisconsin has the highest cranberry production rate, with 430 million pounds, followed by Massachusetts.
  • 2.4 billion pounds of sweet potatoes will be produced this year. North Carolina produces more than any other state at 972 pounds.
  • 2.01 billion bushels of wheat -- for bread, rolls, pie crusts, etc. -- will be produced by the end of the year.
  • 656,340 tons is the weight of the total green bean production. Wisconsin produces the most, at 258,320 tons.

  • 1.1 billion pounds of pumpkins and 266.1 million pounds of cherries will be produced.

Julia is a student who has a passion for veganism, animal welfare, and religious studies.

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