POLL: Americans are eating less meat

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By Ernst Vikne

Almost one in four Americans reports eating less meat during the past year than in prior years. 

That’s according to a recent Gallup poll.

Of those who say they have cut back, most cite health as the reason, according to Gallup. Other reasons include environmental impact and concerns for animal welfare.

While Americans report eating less meat, the number considering themselves vegetarian has remained about the same over the past 20 years: 5%, according to Gallup.

Other findings from Gallup:

  • Women are about twice as likely as men to report having cut down on meat consumption.
  • Nonwhites report having reduced meat in their diets at a higher rate than whites.
  • Midwesterners are less likely to be reducing their meat consumption than adults in other parts of the country.
  • About one in four residents of cities and suburbs have reduced their meat consumption, while residents in rural areas are less likely to report having done so.
  • Ninety-seven percent of Americans in the latest poll report eating meat at least rarely, and two in three say they eat it frequently. 

Click on the link below to read the article and results in Gallup.com:


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