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http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/m...ral-continues/

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Data from the USDA shows that meat eating across the country fell from the 2004 high point of 184 pounds (83 kilograms) per person to 171 pounds in 2011. In addition, early estimates for 2012 project a further reduction in American meat eating to 166 pounds, making for a 10 percent drop over the eight-year period. Total U.S. meat consumption peaked in 2007 at 55 billion pounds and has fallen each year since. In 2012, consumption is expected to drop to 52 billion pounds, the lowest level in more than a decade.
Yay! I hope this trend continues


The only bad news is that fish consumption is also on the rise, but hopefully that's only temporary. People's eating habits are changing partially because they are getting more informed, so continuing to spread information about overfishing and other issues is important.
 

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People's tendency to "cut out red meat", which sadly often means increasing things like chicken and fish, might be partially due to so many vegan advocates spending way too much time pushing the health argument. One of the main repeated "stupid things omnivores say" on this site seems to revolve around people not actually understanding what a vegetarian is, and labeling themselves as such when they still eat birds and fish. I think that's partially to blame. The people who become keenly aware of animal suffering and environmental destruction tend to reduce the most animals from their diet and stay off them. People who are doing it soley for health may rationalize that "fish oil is good for you" or "they're barely animals", etc.
 

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The article says: As we've reported before, people are deliberately choosing to eat less meat than before, often citing concerns about health, the environment, and the ethics of industrial meat production.

So, yeah, hopefully the ethics side of a vegan diet is becoming known.
 

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Following that chain of links does show a few people choosing less for non-economic reasons, but ultimately most of it is speculation and just putting the idea out there that such factors actually exist. Perhaps it's just my outlook on people in general, but I tend to think money is the main force in a lot of things they do.
 
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