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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 vegetable consumption.

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.

To read the full article please visit http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/30/AR2006103001013.html 

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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