Vegetarianism In America.

13 Jun

Vegetarian Times published this study called, ‘Vegetarianism In America’ and I wanted to share it with you all…

Vegetarianism In America

Vegetarian Times Study Shows 7.3 Million Americans Are Vegetarians and an additional 22.8 Million Follow a Vegetarian-Inclined Diet.

Vegetarian Times Study Shows
7.3 Million Americans Are Vegetarians

Additional 22.8 Million Follow a Vegetarian-Inclined Diet

The just-released “Vegetarianism in America” study, published by Vegetarian Times (vegetariantimes.com), shows that 3.2 percent of U.S. adults, or 7.3 million people, follow a vegetarian-based diet. Approximately 0.5 percent, or 1 million, of those are vegans, who consume no animal products at all. In addition, 10 percent of U.S., adults, or 22.8 million people, say they largely follow a vegetarian-inclined diet.

Data for this survey were collected by the Harris Interactive Service Bureau on behalf of Vegetarian Times. The poll surveyed 5,050 respondents, a statistically representative sample of the total U.S. population. Vegetarian Times commissioned RRC Associates, a research firm in Boulder, Colo., to perform the data analysis.

The 2008 study also indicates that of the non-vegetarians surveyed 5.2 percent, or 11.9 million people, are “definitely interested” in following a vegetarian-based diet in the future.

The study also collected data on age, gender and other demographic factors. Of the vegetarians surveyed:

  • 59 percent are female; 41 percent are male.
  • 42.0  percent are age 18 to 34 years old; 40.7 percent are 35 to 54; and 17.4  percent are over 55.
  • 57.1 percent have followed a vegetarian diet for more than 10 years; 18 percent for 5 to 10 years; 10.8  percent for 2 to 5 years, 14.1 percent for less than 2 years.

The 2008 study also indicated that over half (53 percent) of current vegetarians eat a vegetarian diet to improve their overall health. Environmental concerns were cited by 47 percent ; 39 percent cited “ natural approaches to wellness” ; 31 percent cited food-safety concerns; 54 percent cited animal welfare; 25 percent cited weight loss; and 24 percent weight maintenance.

“The vegetarian sector is one of the fastest-growing categories in food publishing,” says Elizabeth Turner, Vegetarian Times’ editor in chief. “It’s a dedicated group of consumers that is growing daily.”

“A vast number of people are seeking to reduce their meat intake, creating a rapidly growing market for all things vegetarian,” says Bill Harper, vice president and publisher of Vegetarian Times. That trend is reflected in the growth of the magazine, which saw July through December 2007 newsstand sales increase 19.4 percent over the same period in 2006.

About Vegetarian Times:
For over 30 years, Vegetarian Times has been at the forefront of the healthful-living movement, providing recipes, expert wellness information, and environmentally sound lifestyle solutions to vegetarians, vegans, and non-vegetarians alike.

http://www.vegetariantimes.com/article/vegetarianism-in-america/ Where I Stole This Post From.

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2 Responses to “Vegetarianism In America.”

  1. The Soulicious Life June 13, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    I’ve certainly seen vegetarianism grow. 17 years ago (wow!), when I first gave up meat, it was just me and few of my “hippy” friends. I was often the only veg at any given gathering; wow, times have changed! Six years ago even, I often went without food at office meetings b/c there were no veggie choices. Now, not only is there a veg option, but it’s often gone quickly. I can’t lie; I adore the trend. 😉

    • Author June 14, 2012 at 7:35 am #

      Same with my sisters, they went veg about 15-17 years ago and I thought they were CRAZY. They were young ‘hippies’ but their words made sense, I didn’t get it at the time but I obviously now do. I think that the veg lifestyle is having a huge moment right now and I hope we can keep carrying this momentum into the future 🙂

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