The growth of the American food industry will always bump up against this troublesome biological fact: Try as we might, each of us can only eat about fifteen hundred pounds of food a year. Unlike many other products – CDs, say, or shoes – there’s a natural limit to how much food we each can consume without exploding. What this means for the food industry is that its natural rate of growth is somewhere around 1 percent per year – 1 percent being the annual growth rate of American population. The problem is that [the industry] won’t tolerate such an anemic rate of growth.
Source: The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (Large Print Press), Pages: 94
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