Great news! Meat consumption in the U.S has been on a decline for the last decade. 1 While several factors may account for this, studies have shown that the main reasons are public health concerns and economic reasons. The cost of some animal products, especially red meat, have increased in the last five years and may account for a reduction in meat consumption but data support that more Americans are abstaining or reducing their meat consumption for health reasons. Unfortunately we don’t have the survey data to show it, but more and more people are reporting that they are choosing a plant based diet for animal welfare reasons.More importantly, it is crucial to remind ourselves that the choices we make DO have an impact on the welfare of animals, the well being of our environment and our health. So what we are doing is working – keep sharing the benefits of a vegan diet with everyone around you. People are learning more about where their food comes from, the cost of food choices on the environment, and are making better choices. While the health benefits of a plant-based diet are becoming more and more popular, diet choices come and go for many people. However, when people choose a vegan diet for ethical reasons, because they are truly concerned about the treatment of farm animals and the negative impact of factory farming on our planet, they stick with it no matter what the trendy diet of the month is. Please keep sharing your love of veganism!!!
1“Food Industry Bundle: Meat and Poultry Trends in the U.S. & Fish and Seafood Trends in the U.S.” Packaged Facts. Sep 20, 2013
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“On this ancient and miraculous world, where such beautiful natural and living things have evolved, something has gone wrong when life itself is used as a manufacturing process. I read that in 50 years, we must adopt a largely vegetarian diet or die, and forgive me if I take that as good news. Something is out of balance, and “Samsara” regards the sides of the equation.”
- ROGER EBERT
Footage from the film “Samsara”
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