U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for November 18: Friday Food Options

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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for November 18: Friday Food Options

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

FRIDAY FOOD OPTIONS

Profile America — Friday, November 18th.  On this date 50 years ago, a 1,100-year-old religious injunction was lifted for America's 46-million Roman Catholics. In recognition of Friday as a day of penance, Pope Nicholas I had decreed in the 9th Century that Catholics would be required to abstain from eating meat, although fish on Fridays was allowed. The U.S. church hierarchy dissolved that guidance in 1966.  At the time, America's population of 197-million consumed an annual per capita average of 10.6 pounds of fish. The change in church practice didn't let marine and freshwater fish off the hook, though. Today's population of 325-million, including 81.6-million Catholics, now consumes a per capita average of 14.5 pounds of fish annually.  You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.

Sources:       
Meatless Friday ended/accessed 9/9/2016:  http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1966/11/19/page/1/article/friday-meat-ban-lifted 
1965 Roman Catholic population/table 45:   http://www2.census.gov/library/publications/1967/compendia/statab/88ed/1967-02.pdf 
1966 U.S. population and per capita fish consumption/tables 3 & 119:
http://www2.census.gov/library/publications/1968/compendia/statab/88ed/1967-02.pdf 
Current population estimate: http://www.census.gov/popest/data/national/totals/2015/files/NA-EST2015-01.xlsx   
Current U.S. Roman Catholics/accessed 9/9/2016:
http://cara.georgetown.edu/frequently-requested-church-statistics/ 
Current per capita fish consumption/accessed 9/9/2016:  http://www.ers.usda.gov/datafiles/Food_Availabily_Per_Capita_Data_System/Food_Availability/mtfish.xls 

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu). 

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