I was looking for food consumption data, and found that the USDA not only has lots of data, they’ve provided some interactive graph reports. While I was noodling around with that I noticed that the availability of oils and fats rose rapidly between 1999 and 2000
Here’s the graph:
[U.S. per capita loss-adjusted food availability: Total Calories](http://www.ers.usda.gov/Data/FoodConsumption/app/reports/displayCommodities.aspx?reportName=Total Calories&id=36#startForm)
Note that the others are pretty much level, or rising at a fairly constant and small rate. It’s only the fats and oils that jump. And this shows up on all the other variations on this data.
So, does anyone know what might have caused this? Is there an answer? Inquiring minds want to know