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<a href="http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/10/were-eating-less-meat-why/" target="_blank">http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com...less-meat-why/</a><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Americans eat more meat than any other population in the world; about one-sixth of the total, though were less than one-twentieth of the population.<br>
But thats changing.<br>
Until recently, almost everyone considered their dinner plate naked without a big old hunk of meat on it. (You remember <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tviyAIS9c_U" target="_blank">Beef: Its Whats for Dinner</a>, of course. How could you forget?) And we could afford it: our production methods and the denial of their true costs have kept meat cheap beyond all credibility. (American hamburger is arguably the cheapest convenience food there is.) This, in part, is why we spend a <a href="http://civileats.com/2011/03/29/mapping-global-food-spending-infographic/" target="_blank">smaller percentage</a> of our money on food than any other country, and much of that goes toward the roughly half-pound of meat each of us eats, on average, every day.<br>
But thats changing, and considering the fairly steady climb in meat consumption over the last half-century, you might say the numbers are plummeting. The <a href="http://www.usda.gov/oce/commodity/wasde/latest.pdf" target="_blank">department of agriculture projects</a> that our meat and poultry consumption will fall again this year, to about 12.2 percent less in 2012 than it was in 2007. Beef consumption has been in decline for about 20 years; the drop in chicken is even more dramatic, over the last five years or so; pork also has been steadily slipping for about five years.</div>
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This is encouraging. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br>
I have noticed a trend of people saying they "don't eat much meat" when they find out I'm vegan. Whether or not they are telling the truth isn't the important part, the important and awesome part is that they HAVE that reaction and feel the need to tell me they don't eat a lot of it. I imagine a few decades ago attitudes about meat consumption were quite different, now the way people sometimes apologize for eating animals it reminds me of smokers feeling guilty about their vice, that's a big change!
 

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I bet a lot of it is for health reasons. Despite the popularity of low-carb diets, I think people are recognizing the direct connection between meat and cardiovascular problems and weight problems. My boyfriend was telling me about a bus driver that he works with (he's an after-school counselor for kids) who was saying that he, his father, and his son are going vegetarian for the new year to try to lose weight. This bus driver didn't know much about vegetarianism; he asked my boyfriend whether turkey and fish are vegetarian. Still, he had the seed in his mind that vegetarianism is good for you, and that it's something he can try to do himself.
 

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I think we are eating more meat internationally though.<br><br>
and even though I'm not propagating for eating meat, I think that people who go vegetarian for health reasons (alone) often know little about nutrition to begin with.
 

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The article was good. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"> Thanks for posting.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Envy</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3077759"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I think we are eating more meat internationally though.<br><br>
and even though I'm not propagating for eating meat, I think that people who go vegetarian for health reasons (alone) often know little about nutrition to begin with.</div>
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I think that's true. We know from experience here that vegetarianism and even veganism are not necessarily weight loss diets.
 

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<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/americans-are-eating-less-and-less-meat/2012/01/11/gIQANUvmqP_blog.html" target="_blank">http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/...vmqP_blog.html</a><br><br>
Here's a different article about the same subject by the Washington Post. This one has a graph! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Meat eating in the United States is going out of style. According to a Department of Agriculture <a href="http://www.usda.gov/oce/commodity/wasde/latest.pdf" target="_blank">report</a>, Americans are projected to eat 12.2 percent less meat in 2012 than they did 2007. And it’s not just the weak economy. As Mark Bittman <a href="http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/10/were-eating-less-meat-why/?smid=tw-bittman&seid=auto" target="_blank">observes</a>, there’s a real long-term trend here: “Beef consumption has been in decline for about 20 years; the drop in chicken is even more dramatic, over the last five years or so; pork also has been steadily slipping for about five years.”<br>
Why is this happening? The Daily Livestock Report <a href="http://www.dailylivestockreport.com/documents/dlr%2012-20-2011.pdf" target="_blank">blames</a> rising meat prices in the United States. As countries like China and India get richer, they’re eating more meat, which is helping to drive up U.S. exports and making beef, pork, and chicken more expensive here at home. Ethanol also plays a role: Nowadays, American farmers divert bushels and bushels of corn to make fuel, which drives up feed prices and, again, makes meat pricier.<br><br>
Perhaps just as significantly, though, it does seem that attitudes toward meat are changing. More and more people <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505123_162-44043274/how-a-shoestring-staff-with-a-minuscule-budget-turned-mondays-meatless/?tag=bnetdomain" target="_blank">appear to be cutting back</a> on beef and pork consumption for environmental or ethical reasons. (Although before vegetarians get too excited, one factor that often gets overlooked here is the aging of the population — as the baby boomers get older, they’ve been <a href="http://www.porknetwork.com/pork-news/CME-Will-meat-consumption-drop-with-aging-baby-boomers-136067003.html" target="_blank">eating less meat</a>.)<br>
The Daily Livestock Report, for its part, blames government policy for waging a 40-year information campaign to dissuade people from eating meat. Bittman, on the other hand, finds that notion preposterous — he notes, among other things, that government agencies still shy away from recommending to people that they eat less meat. Read <a href="http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/10/were-eating-less-meat-why/" target="_blank">his post</a> for a fuller dissection. The drop in meat-eating has come <i>in spite of</i> heavy government policies, which include heavy subsidies, not because of it.</div>
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Thanks for both articles, WWG. Both were good and informative.
 

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I don't eat meat (factory farmed, especially) not because they're not healthy but because they came from living creatures that deserved to live a life free of any torture or pain. Whether a vegan diet really is healthier is debatable, because I find that most meat they include in health studies are those deep fried fast food kinds, as opposed to the organic, baked ones. So it's hard to know for sure. However, I will not deny the fact that most people in America will live a significantly healthy lives if they cut down on those deep fried meats and other crap that they eat.
 

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The low carb diet craze has waned quite a bit. In fact, I suspect the number of health problems people experienced BECAUSE of Atkins in the early 2000's might be driving people to eat more plant-based foods.
 
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