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.

About Vegetarian Times:
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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Haley46234390053 - 2015-11-11 20:55:03

when was this posted I cant find the date?

kari - 2015-07-12 23:41:05

But increasingly more vegetarians are eating meat in america including Indian americans

ALBERT COLACO - 2015-05-25 09:03:55

Sorry, I meant to the study.

Molly - 2015-05-22 17:11:38

I would love a link to the article as well. I can use it in my dissertation.

Molly - 2015-05-22 16:31:45

its relevant!!

Rishu - 2015-04-09 15:03:00

I believe that human nature it's vegetarian and also meat eaters from the beginning of civilization. but they always eat very little meat. and our bodies do need certain elements & compounds that are only found in animals. even eating vegan with extra elements for vitam. B12 fir example, there are other things aminoacids, enzimes etc and other 'stuff' that still to be found... that only can be obtained eating animal foods ... just enough to get them. that is my opinion. even vegetarian in India, they eat/use milk and some even eggs.

cpmt - 2015-04-09 12:53:05

The truth is that in USA we eat toooo much meat, fat etc.. In the real Mediterranean area 80% are vegetables and fruits. very little meat, ok fish and eggs and milk (for some reason it doesn't look that many people are allergic to milk, maybe because they use goat and sheep milk, than cow's) but their culture has lost to do with good health, 1.they walk a lot everywhere, seldom use busses or cars, only when travel... but things are changing the last few years. 2. they socialize every single day with other family, neighbors, friends etc.. they talk, about anything, expressing their problems,fears, or and other good or bad happenings in their lives. 3. they eat lots of vegetables and fruits in every meal. some fish, eggs, and little meat.

cpmt - 2015-04-09 12:47:02

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