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!



Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Terre D.
Tee Dee3 years ago

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.

Nancy Gizuk
Nancy Gizuk3 years ago

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

Cosmic Sky
Sky Price3 years ago

Thanks. I went vegan about 2 yrs ago

Teresa W.
Teresa W3 years ago

good news

Debra G.
Debra G3 years ago

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.

Manuela C.
Manuela C3 years ago


gail mulloy
gail mulloy3 years ago

Thanks...great CLEAN FOOD, everyone!

Panchali Yapa
Panchali Yapa3 years ago

Thank you

Chloe R.
Chloe R3 years ago