National Geographic : 2014 Oct
57 Wings Top importer: China Total U.S . exports: 118,980 tons Wing tips have long been favorites in Asia, but a bump in U.S. consumption is due almost entirely to the popularity of Buffalo chicken wings—a dish first served in an upstate New York bar in 1964. Known as paws in the poultry business, chicken feet were considered worthless until Asian markets were tapped in the early 1990s. Feet Top importer: China Total U.S . exports: 330,509 tons In the early 1990s, during the breakup of the Soviet Union, the U.S. government donated chicken legs to help with food shortages; Russians called them nozhki Busha, or Bush’s legs. Now the need for aid is over, but a taste for dark meat remains. Leg Quarters Top importer: Russia Total U.S . exports: 2,005,892 tons The U.S. poultry industry produces some 1.6 million tons of feathers every year. They are ground up into feather meal and used as animal feed or as plastic fortifiers. Feathers Top importer: Indonesia Total U.S . exports: 210,822 tons Viscera Top importer: South Africa Total U.S . exports: 48,477 tons Intestines generally go to rendering plants to be ground and used as pet food or fertilizer.