3% of Americans are Vegetarian

In an online poll conducted by The Vegetarian Resource Group, three percent of U.S. adults indicated they never eat meat, poultry and fish/seafood. About one-third to one-fourth of those vegetarians also never eat dairy, eggs and honey, and are classified as vegan. Additionally, eight percent of the respondents say they never eat red meat.

Those numbers are up from a similar poll conducted in 2006, which identified 2.3 percent of Americans as vegetarian, and 6.7 percent who never eat red meat.

The poll also identified nine percent of U.S. males ages 18 – 34 as vegetarians, and 15 percent of respondents identifying themselves as students.

NewsKatherine Peterson