Vegetarian Journal has published the results of a national telephone survey revealing the meat-eating habits—or lack thereof—of people across the nation. The poll, conducted last spring, asked more than 1,000 adults about the frequency with which they eat a variety of meats and vegetarian foods. The journal reports that one-third of Americans say that they eat vegetarian meals a significant amount of the time, and approximately five percent of those polled identified as vegetarian, a proportion up two percent from 2009 figures. Half of those who identified as vegetarian adhered to a vegan diet, stating that they “never” eat meat, fish, seafood, poultry, dairy, or eggs, although honey consumption was not considered. Overall, an estimated 48 percent of the population claims to be looking for vegetarian foods, reflecting a high demand for meat-free options.
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