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The State of Veganism In America [Infographic]

The State of Veganism In America [Infographic]

Americans eat a ton of food each year. That’s not hyperbole. In 2011, USDA research found that average American eats about 1,966.3 pounds of food each year. Even more shocking are the type of foods that dominated this consumption: red meat, cheese, and soda. All foods associated with obesity, diabetes, heart conditions, and other health ailments when consumed in excess.

But all is not lost. In recent years, Americans have become increasingly aware of problems in the food system. Issues of factory farming, chemical pesticide and fertilizer use, food safety regulation, and the impact of genetic engineering are plastered all over the Internet (and sometimes mainstream media too).

We’ve always been obsessed with diets, but now instead of jumping on the latest weight loss fad, a growing number of individuals are choosing styles of eating that complement their social and environmental beliefs. Styles of eating that are both a diet and a lifestyle, like veganism.

Related: What’s a Vegan Diet?

After existing on the fringes for decades, veganism is on the rise in America, which could explain why meat consumption has dipped slightly in recent years. Popular food documentaries like Food Inc. and Vegucated have helped to open many eyes to the ills of a meat and cheese based diet. Initiatives like Meatless Monday make it easy for individuals to ease their way into veganism, a tactic that 45% of all respondents in a recent survey said was instrumental in their eventual diet change. (And don’t worry, there are plenty of sources of vegan protein).

Are you a vegetarian or vegan? Scroll through the infographic below for more information on this growing trend!


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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.


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3:10PM PST on Feb 15, 2015

thanks for sharing :)

12:09PM PDT on Jul 1, 2014

Great infographic! Thanks so much for putting it together. I posted it on our local vegan meetup group's website, with a link back to this post. It's really interesting to see that almost 70% became vegan for the sake of animals, I guess because enlightened people don't want to have any part in the horrendously abusive factory farming of animals. That's a big reason for me, along with the costs to the environment (not mentioned here?), plus the health benefits.

4:35AM PDT on Jul 1, 2014

We are not vegan however vegetables do make up the VAST majority of our diet

6:33PM PDT on Mar 13, 2014

Thanks. I went vegan about 2 yrs ago

3:31AM PDT on Mar 12, 2014

good news

12:04AM PDT on Mar 12, 2014

I think it will become more popular as more decent cookbooks and recipes are produced. The first cookbook I saw (1970s?) had the grossest combination of veggies, spices and tempeh, even the picture was nauseating. I believe you had to light incense to mask the taste and smell. There are now a wider variety of fruits, veggies and nuts and more interesting spices than before.

4:05PM PDT on Mar 11, 2014


11:08AM PDT on Mar 10, 2014

Thanks...great CLEAN FOOD, everyone!

11:03AM PDT on Mar 10, 2014

Thank you

9:29AM PDT on Mar 10, 2014


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