June 19, 2009
Meat and poultry packers, processors, wholesalers and retailers contribute $832.4 billion a year to the U.S. economy, equal to 5.8 percent of the nation's gross domestic product, according to new research by the American Meat Institute.
The analysis also revealed the meat and poultry industry directly employs 1.8 million people, paying $45.5 billion in wages and benefits.
The complete findings of the American Meat Institute's Economic Impact Study, available at MeatFuelsAmerica.com
, include state-by-state and congressional-district breakdowns intended to help the media, lawmakers and policymakers understand the potential impact of public policy initiatives in their states and districts.
Reprinted in part from meatingplace.com