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Stats show national milk consumption down
John Crawford, of Freeport,Ill., takes a look through the assortment of cheeses for sale inside Baumgartner's Cheese Store & Tavern after stopping for lunch Monday in Monroe. Although there was a one-fourth decline in U. S. milk consumption per capita over the last 40 years (1970-2010), cheese consumption per person has nearly tripled to 33.3 pounds in the same time period. (Times photo: Anthony Wahl)
MONROE - People in the U.S. are drinking one-fourth less the amount of milk per capita than they did 40 years ago - 69 pounds less annually, or about 3 ounces per day. Annual consumption of fluid milk and cream in 2010, compared to 1970, fell from 275 pounds to 206 pounds per person, according to 2012 Wisconsin Agricultural Statistics. They have also decreased consumption of evaporated, condensed and dry milks; ice creams; cottage cheese; and butter in their diets.