Vegetarianism In America

Vegetarian Times Study Shows 7.3 Million Americans Are Vegetarians and an additional 22.8 Million Follow a Vegetarian-Inclined Diet.

Vegetarian Times Study Shows
7.3 Million Americans Are Vegetarians

Additional 22.8 Million Follow a Vegetarian-Inclined Diet

The just-released “Vegetarianism in America” study, published by Vegetarian Times (, shows that 3.2 percent of U.S. adults, or 7.3 million people, follow a vegetarian-based diet. Approximately 0.5 percent, or 1 million, of those are vegans, who consume no animal products at all. In addition, 10 percent of U.S., adults, or 22.8 million people, say they largely follow a vegetarian-inclined diet.

Data for this survey were collected by the Harris Interactive Service Bureau on behalf of Vegetarian Times. The poll surveyed 5,050 respondents, a statistically representative sample of the total U.S. population. Vegetarian Times commissioned RRC Associates, a research firm in Boulder, Colo., to perform the data analysis.

The 2008 study also indicates that of the non-vegetarians surveyed 5.2 percent, or 11.9 million people, are “definitely interested” in following a vegetarian-based diet in the future.

The study also collected data on age, gender and other demographic factors. Of the vegetarians surveyed:

  • 59 percent are female; 41 percent are male.
  • 42.0  percent are age 18 to 34 years old; 40.7 percent are 35 to 54; and 17.4  percent are over 55.
  • 57.1 percent have followed a vegetarian diet for more than 10 years; 18 percent for 5 to 10 years; 10.8  percent for 2 to 5 years, 14.1 percent for less than 2 years.

The 2008 study also indicated that over half (53 percent) of current vegetarians eat a vegetarian diet to improve their overall health. Environmental concerns were cited by 47 percent ; 39 percent cited “ natural approaches to wellness” ; 31 percent cited food-safety concerns; 54 percent cited animal welfare; 25 percent cited weight loss; and 24 percent weight maintenance.

“The vegetarian sector is one of the fastest-growing categories in food publishing,” says Elizabeth Turner, Vegetarian Times’ editor in chief. “It’s a dedicated group of consumers that is growing daily.”

“A vast number of people are seeking to reduce their meat intake, creating a rapidly growing market for all things vegetarian,” says Bill Harper, vice president and publisher of Vegetarian Times. That trend is reflected in the growth of the magazine, which saw July through December 2007 newsstand sales increase 19.4 percent over the same period in 2006.

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For over 30 years, Vegetarian Times has been at the forefront of the healthful-living movement, providing recipes, expert wellness information, and environmentally sound lifestyle solutions to vegetarians, vegans, and non-vegetarians alike.

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What is really to be vegetarian or vegane? Is only not eat meat? or many more?! Of cource many, many more! Is a concious lifeway with the respekt to the themselves and for the animals. Is not because of faschion, own health or religion. It's a personal and even decision for respekt to every animal, small or large, and not only on food but at every moment. The majority of people simple follow what the have learned, withouth thinking or calling into question whether the right is the other animal to eat. That ist the key : to first think an to call into question and sekond recognozing this true that the animal ar not there to be eaten but repected. If someone is smart enaugh will recognize that clearly and simply. Is only necesary to think with heart, head and soul and one step climb to the top. And so a new way of life beging better and more beatiful than the previos. The vegetarian way.

mart - 2015-03-26 20:57:16

Thank you for taking time to write this article, it was very informative

Tigerlily - 2015-03-15 02:02:27

My only regret of my past 75 years is that I was not born to Vegan parents. During my young adult life I knew that being a Vegetarian was the most healthy lifestyle. I've exercised daily, received a better than average of sleep time, kept a positive thought/action mind set, and had a very exciting work and volunteer experiences. I love all people and know I am a person of the world. Please see our website and tell your neighborhood Veg./Vegan restaurants about our really unique website: from coast to coast with plans to add 1,6oo more restaurantlocations open up to 10 hours per day almost every day of the year feeding the underfed. Google: Truly Reforming Law Enforcement program within the nations only law, Oregon Senate Bill 111 Law Enforcement Use of Deadly Physical Force mandated to be in full force July 1,2008. Jerry Atlansky Founder/Director Dignity & Dining Founder/Chairperson United States Police/Oregon State Police- Independent Citizens Review Board Portland, Oregon 97213,

Jerry Atlansky - 2015-03-08 21:36:36

It is easier in the United States than any other country because we have laws that make companys say what the ingredients are in our food.

Susan Weaver - 2015-02-17 19:19:04

Go Vegan!! For your Health, Planet, & of course loving Animals :-)

Parth Mehta - 2015-01-21 12:05:35

Been a vegetarian for over 10 years, love every bit of it!

Gino - 2015-01-15 21:25:15

There is an issue with self reporting. In some studies, two thirds of vegetarians admitted to cheating in the last twenty fours hours. So that would bring the true percentage down to one percent. For me, the movie Cow-spiracy pretty much converted me away from eating meat. :-)

W Oberg - 2015-01-01 17:57:15

Andrew, in your post questioning the math abilities of vegetarians, you call into question your own ability to read. The article does not say the U.S. total population is 220 million. The article refers to the "adult population," which is to say, not including children.

Mark - 2014-10-22 19:44:24

lets go veggies! REPRESENT! we r animals tru friends while everyone else just says 'save the animals' when THEY R EATING THE ANIMALS!!!

ANONYMOUS - 2014-10-21 21:59:13

Some recent studies suggest that more than 50% of the American population is vegetarian.

Tweeny Bees - 2014-09-23 18:31:35

The vast majority of Americans are living busy life styles. A lot of times we're forced to choose between eating crap or going hungry. We want to make healthy choices, but typically the options aren't readily available. It would be epic if our society would establish fast food restaurants that catered to aspiring vegans and vegetarians, especially if the plant-based menu contained organic and NON GMO produce. This simple yet innovative implementation would be a massive step towards turing a niche market into a global trend and our world would benefit hugely as a whole. Imagine: we could be fighting for animal rights, repairing our national debt, swaying from obesity, lowering our risks of cancer and other fatal diseases, creating more jobs in agriculture, improving the air quality, saving dying species and ultimately healing the planet in numerous other ways one trip through the drive through at a time. Yum. Who's hungry for some change? : )

Ericka Jasmine - 2014-09-06 22:46:00

Is there a paper that this article is citing? If so and anyone has the link I'd love it, I need it for a research project. Sorry disrupt the insult hurling.

K - 2014-06-04 02:14:52

I'd also like to have access to some of the resources you used to obtain this information since I'm doing a school report for this topic.

Esmeralda - 2014-05-20 11:08:29

Best speech ever why everyone should become a vegetarian/vegan! full length

john639 - 2014-05-12 05:14:03

Neat logic "buzzed" aldrin: because I kill one thing, I have the right to kill everything, in whatever way I want. Because some other creature kills things, that means I get to kill everything I want to kill. And of course false equivalencies such as equating monocultural plantations that logging/paper creates with actual forests and false claims (of "honest" research). Add to this gratuitous insults ("crybaby") and snotty tone and it's no wonder anti-environmentalists' arguments are so unconvincing.

Carlotta W - 2014-05-09 17:57:43