Meat is OUT! Consumption Down in America!
Of course, the best diet for the health of the planet and animals is an animal-free diet, and for human health, also take out the junk food (whole-foods, plant-based is generally considered the ideal human diet), but this trend change in the U.S. is a great start! If you are still eating meat, dairy, or eggs, keep reducing the amount until it is gone from your diet, or better yet, make the switch instantly. Thanks to the tempting nature of unhealthy food, it is sometimes it is easier for people to make a sudden, radical, and radically positive change than it is to slowly make the change. The important part is that you actually make the change, for yourself, the animals, and the planet.
"In that year, for example, the U.S. raised and killed 9.5 billion land animals for food. As of 2014, that number plummeted by a whopping 400 million (to 9.1 billion), says Paul Shapiro, Vice President, Farm Animal Protection for The Humane Society of the United States." (1).
"Recent years have seen massive leaps in veg-friendly campaigns, realistic meat and dairy replacements hitting the market, and a rising awareness of the health benefits of cutting back on animal products." (1).
“The rates of vegetarianism in our country have remained around five to eight percent for years. But the rate of meat reduction—people who aren’t vegetarians but are cutting back on their animal consumption—is what’s really fueling this trend,” (1).
"In 2012, the average American consumed 71.2 pounds of red meat (beef, veal, pork, and lamb) and 54.1 pounds of poultry (chicken and turkey), according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The average amount is likely a bit higher. The USDA doesn’t take into account vegetarians, who consistently represent about 5% of the population, according to Gallup polls." (2).