[Sun-Sentinel.com - opinion]
It's 1972 and I'm walking down the main street of New Paltz, a funky
college town in upstate New York. It is the Woodstock years full of
promise, psychedelic posters, music our parents hate, and vegetarians.
It is considered counterculture to be vegetarian. Who are these
strange bearded people with long hair, bohemian clothing and plates
full of vegetables?
I peer into the small cafes that dot the town and see cooks in
T-shirts stirring pots of vegetarian chili. The strange aroma of
lentils and brown rice fills the air.
The world is a very different place today. The recently released
"Vegetarianism in America" study published by Vegetarian Times
contains many statistics that show us how our eating patterns have
changed. In fact, 3.2 percent of U.S. adults, or 7.3 million people,
follow a vegetarian-based diet today. Approximately 0.5 percent, or 1
million, of those consume no animal products. In addition, 10 percent
of U.S. adults, or 22.8 million people, say they follow a
The same study indicates that of the meat eaters surveyed, 5.2
percent, or 11.9 million people, are "definitely interested" in a
vegetarian-based diet. The study group was 59 percent female. Almost
half of the people surveyed were 18 to 34; 40 percent were 35 to 54
with the remainder 55 and older.
More News Headlines! New Links -- 100 most recent links!
Events, E-Mail Lists, Jobs, Organizations, and Message Boards (Forums)
SEARCH for the item on Animalconcerns.org!
Animal Concerns News Service (RSS Feed):