Vegetarianism and veganism spreading in the US
A 2000 poll by the Vegetarian Resource Group estimated that 6% of
American youths ages 6 to 17 do not eat red meat, and 2% avoid poultry
and fish as well. Another 0.5% is vegan.
In a 2002 survey of 4,746 Minnesota adolescents that was published in
the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, those who identified
themselves as vegetarians were more likely than non-vegetarians to meet
government standards for total fat, saturated fat, and fruit and
Many health organizations such as ADA, the American Dietetic
Association and PCRM, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine,
support the notion that a well-planned, balanced plant-based diet is not
only fine, but beneficial for infants, children, adults and the elderly.
More parents are faced with the situation in which a child decides to
go vegetarian after learning of the treatment of animals in factory
farms and slaughter houses. Fortunately, there is information and
resources readily available for parents in order to support their
children and put theirs minds at ease. Many school cafeterias also offer
vegetarian options as part of their daily menus.
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It’s good news for God’s creation that more people are transitioning
to a plant-based diet. The choices we make can impact our witnessing of
God’s love for all creatures, and diet is an important one since it can
greatly affect our health, the environment and God’s animals.
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