2 1/2 pounds of cheese a month for every man, woman and child

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by primroselane, Oct 2, 2004.

  1. primroselane

    primroselane Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2002
    Deep in the heart of Texas
    Associated Press Writer

    FRESNO, Calif. -- Americans are eating more cheese than ever -- more than 30 pounds a person per year -- and their appetite for more variety is growing, a national survey says.

    In 2003, Americans ate a record 8.8 billion pounds of cheese. That's 2 1/2 pounds a month for every man, woman and child, according to a survey released Tuesday by the California Milk Advisory Board.

    Most of the demand is being fed by domestic suppliers, and California's mega-dairies are growing so fast that analysts expect the state to overtake Wisconsin in cheese production within two years.

    California is already the nation's leading milk producer, and with the help of cheese makers like Hilmar Cheese Co. -- the largest in North America -- the state has doubled its cheese production in the last decade.

    In 1995, California made 70 varieties of cheese. Now there are 250 types of cheese coming out of the state -- 815 million pounds of specialty flavored, rinsed, aged or fresh cheese per year.

    The vast majority is commodity cheese, but Americans are also consuming much more specialty cheeses. Blues, sharps, aged varieties and fresh ones have grown five times as fast in the last decade as the Cheddar's and mozzarellas, the research showed.

    One out of every 10 pounds of cheese eaten is a higher-quality, value-added cheese such as artisan or farmstead varieties. Ten years ago, only one in 15 pounds of cheese consumed was specialty.
  2. caroline00

    caroline00 Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    it must be a lot higher than that because we have at least 15 people in our family (extended included) alone that never eats cheese

  3. insanity

    insanity Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2004
    Clarksville TN.
    Shoot when my wife make lasagna she puts more cheese than that on it. :D And I'm scared to think of how many pizzas we eat a month with extra, some times X2 extra cheese. Some on isnt getting theres! :haha:
  4. John_in_Houston

    John_in_Houston Well-Known Member

    Nov 26, 2003
    I've got a loaf of "Tangy Buttermilk Cheese Bread" baking in a bread machine even as I type this...
  5. boxwoods

    boxwoods Well-Known Member

    Oct 6, 2003
    Central New York
    I think the govenment is buying all the cheese to feed the poor.
  6. Deb&Al

    Deb&Al Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2002
    i mean this very kindly, not to be a know-it-all....

    but, given what we know about the hormones in the milk supply from commercial diaries boosting their milk production, doesn't it stand to reason that all that cheese is just loaded with excess hormones, too?

    i have a niece who is nine years old and is developed like a 14 year old. her parents just buy whatever from the grocery store; no organic-unprocessed.