A new infographic from news website LiveScience shows why veg Americans choose to adopt meat-free or entirely cruelty-free lifestyles, as well as the demographics of the veg population. According to the infographic, which used data from a 2008 Vegetarian Times study, 3.2 percent of the US adult population—or about 7.3 million people—are vegetarian, with an additional one million identifying as vegan. Another 22.8 million people abide by a “mostly vegetarian diet.” The top reasons that people cited for going veg are for personal health, animal welfare, and environmental concerns, followed by holistic wellness, food safety, and weight management.
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