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Hello fellow vegs! :-)


some nice article and good news for those who're trying to convert to a more "green" diet!



Part-Time Vegetarians Become More Common



CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE, March 17, 2004: Even after five years, Christy

Pugh has no trouble sticking to her vegetarian regimen. The secret to

her success? Eating meat. Pugh is one of a growing number of part-time

vegetarians whose loose adherence to the meat-free diet is transforming

a decades-old movement and the industry that feeds it, says this New

York Times article. These so-called "flexitarians" -- a term voted most

useful word of 2003 by the American Dialect Society -- are motivated

less by animal rights than by a growing body of medical data that

suggests health benefits from eating more vegetarian foods. (In case

you're wondering, HPI my commenet: HPI = Hindu Press International; http://www.hinduismtoday.com doesn't advocate the concept as a permanent diet,

but considers any reduction in meat eating good, and likely a stage on

the way to becoming a true vegetarian.)


In recent years the market for vegetarian friendly foods has exploded,

with items such as soy milk and veggie burgers showing up in mainstream

groceries and fast food restaurants. But even the diet's activists say

that growth can't be attributed to committed vegetarians, who are

estimated at about 3 percent of the adult U.S. population, or about 5.7

million people never eating meat, poultry or seafood. Though

flexitarian headcounts are imprecise, Charles Stahler, codirector of

the Baltimore-based Vegetarian Resource Group, estimates roughly 30

percent to 40 percent of the population at least occasionally seeks out

vegetarian meals. Suzanne Havala Hobbs, a health policy professor at

the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, credits the growth of

flexitarianism to the nation's better understanding of the diet-disease

connection. "Whether you make a commitment to eating strictly

vegetarian or not, cutting back your dependence on meat is something

most people acknowledge they know they should do," she said.

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