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The rise of veganism

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It seems more and more people these days are making the switch over to a vegan diet. Whether for animal rights or for health reasons, the movement is on the rise. But is it all just a fad, or a real food revolution?

Despite being just 1/20th of the world's population, the United States consumes 1/6th of the total meat consumed worldwide. The average American eats about a half a pound of meat per day. In spite of this, however, veganism in the United States has more than doubled since 2009; up from 1% to 2.5% of the population identify with a vegan diet. Meat consumption has been steadily dropping for years starting with beef. Chicken and pork have been on the decline more recently in the last five years and in 2012, Americans consumed 12.2% less meat than in 2007.

So what's making people go vegan? A modest majority of 69.16% credit their switch to veganism on behalf of animal rights. Other notable percentages of vegans became so after watching a film, documentary, or education film about the diet, or made the change gradually.

Whatever the reason, it seems that veganism is here to stay. Take a look at this infographic for more on the rise of the vegan diet and let us know what you think about it in the comments. Are you already a vegan, what made you decide to be one? If not, would you ever consider making the change? Don't forget to like and share.

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