Thursday, June 14, 2007

Why Become Vegetarian?

There are as many reasons for becoming vegetarian as there are vegetarians; it's a highly personal and individual decision to make. But in a survey conducted on behalf of The Vegetarian Society the majority of people said that they gave up meat and fish because they did not morally approve of killing animals, or because they objected to the ways in which animals are kept, treated and killed for food.

With the growing awareness of the importance of healthy food, many people are also becoming vegetarian because it matches the kind of low fat, high fibre diet recommended by dieticians and doctors. Concern about the environment is another factor as people become more aware of the effect raising animals for their meat is having on the environment. Or you may be concerned about wasting world food resources by using land to raise animals for meat instead of growing crops that can feed more people directly.

A survey tells that:

Key Note Vegetarian Foods Market Assessment Report 2006
Survey by NEMS Market Research April 2006 of 1,000 adults aged 16 and over in Great Britain.
12% of respondents claimed to be vegetarian, or said that someone else in the household was a vegetarian.
9.9% of respondents said that they or someone in their household used to be vegetarian.
The total UK Vegetarian Food Market was put at £670 million pa.

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