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Man vs. meat

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animals-and-us/201109/why-are-there-so-few-vegetarians
'Six percent of the individuals surveyed said they considered themselves
vegetarian. But when asked by the pollsters what they had eaten in the
last 24 hours, 60% of the self-described "vegetarians" admitted that
that had consumed red meat, poultry or fish the previous day.'

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animals-and-us/201106/why-do-most-vegetarians-go-back-eating-meat
three times as many American adults admit to being "ex-vegetarians" than
describe themselves as current vegetarians. This suggests that roughly
75% of people who quit eating meat eventually change their minds

With the plurality of defections being for health reasons like anemia or just feeling crappy.

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oniugnip
Apr. 6th, 2012 03:26 pm (UTC)
I'd be interested to see the breakdown in what they ate the previous day. A fair number of people eat fish but not other animals (which I think is pretty weird, but it's not uncommon), and if you ask them a yes/no question, "are you a vegetarian", they're pretty likely to say yes.

Also there are people who are non-strict; they strongly prefer vegetarian food, but if the animal's already dead and on a plate, they'll go ahead and eat it because otherwise it'd be rude and/or the food would go to waste. (Lindsey is like this sometimes)

I'm fairly often reminded how my experience of being an American isn't very normal. My friends are geeks, hippies, and Indian expats...
mindstalk
Apr. 6th, 2012 03:32 pm (UTC)
Interesting point about non-strictness.

My experience has gotten less normal; my main social circle here is a bunch of vegetarian or vegan free software people, with vegan Thanksgiving and seder and stuff. Kind of annoying when I was trying to find someone to go to tapas or dim sum with.
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