I heard over the weekend some interesting things about the amount of meat that the US actually exports to other countries. I didn't know this, but I heard a stat that about 40% of the meat protein that is raised and produced here in the US is actually EXPORTED out of the country. I'd never heard this before.
I just found this site, which has statistics for various meats and how much we export to various other nations. Pretty interesting stuff.
For instance, in 2011, we exported 1,287,259 metric tons, or $5.42 Billion worth of beef alone.
Not sure why I'd never considered that we were a global producer, but I thought some of y'all might be interested.
Here's the website I dug up on the stats: