Meat consumption drops, and more
The Department of Agriculture has found that meat consumption in the U.S. has dropped 12.2 percent over the past five years.
Meat consumption dropsConsumption of meat in the U.S. dropped 12.2 percent over the past five years, according to the federal Department of Agriculture. Rising costs are one reason, but consumers are also eating more meat-free meals for health and environmental reasons.The New York Times
Health care's 1 percentJust 1 percent of Americans accounted for 22 percent of $1.26 trillion spent on health care in 2009, according to a new federal study. That’s about $90,000 per person. The most expensive 5 percent of the population accounted for 50 percent of health-care costs.USA Today
Cocaine cultivation moves southwardAn $8 billion U.S. campaign to combat cocaine cultivation in Colombia has cut production of the drug there by 65 percent over a decade. But in the same period, cocaine production soared more than 40 percent in Peru and more than 100 percent in Bolivia. Peru is now the world’s biggest cocaine producer. The Wall Street Journal
Homicide takes a back seat to pneumonitisFor the first time since 1965, homicide is no longer one of the top 15 causes of death in the U.S. The murder rate dropped enough in 2010 that it was overtaken at No. 15 by pneumonitis, a respiratory illness mainly seen in people age 75 and older.Associated Press
The TSA's piggy bankPassengers left behind a total of $409,085.56 in change when they passed through U.S. airport security checks last year. The unclaimed money goes into the coffers of the Transportation Security Administration.The Hill