21 Feb '12, 12pm

How many of us are vegetarian or vegan?

How many of us are vegetarian or vegan?

In the course of writing my two recent posts on vegetarianism, I came across some interesting data. According to a 2011 poll conducted by Harris Interactive: About 2.5 percent of Americans are vegan , saying they never eat meat, poultry, fish, seafood, eggs, or dairy. Another 2.5 percent are lacto-ovo vegetarian , meaning they also skip the flesh but still eat eggs and/or dairy. Add those up and you get 5 percent vegetarian (or, if you take into account the margin of error, 2 to 8 percent). In addition to the vegetarians, 33 percent of Americans eat meatless meals on a regular basis, the poll found. There are lots of signs that veggie meals becoming more common even amongst omnivores, from the success of the Meatless Monday campaign to the proliferation of vegetarian ideas in the MSM to recent figures showing declining meat consumption . And more people are trying to eat e...

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