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Fast Facts Food Choices

February 28th, 2004

Meatless Meals
Vegetarian meals served, 1999, United Airlines: 491,300
Vegan Meals served, 1999, United Airlines: 192,250
Households (U.S.) eating four or more meatless dinners per week, 1994: Over 20%
Males (U.S.) who always order a dish without meat, fish, or fowl, 1999: 5%
Females (U.S.) who always order a dish without meat, fish, or fowl, 1999: 6%
U.K. population (of about 57 million) that is vegetarian: 5%
U.S. adults who don't eat meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, honey (vegans): 0.9%

Changing Food Patterns
Decrease in per capita consumption of veal calves 1970-1998 (U.S., retail weight): 67%
Decrease in per capita consumption of sheep, 1970-1998 (U.S., retail weight): 58%
Decrease in per capita consumption of cattle, 1970-1998 (U.S., retail weight): 58%

Grocery Trends
Increase in veggie burger sales in 1999 (U.S.): 10%
Increase in veggie burger sales in 1999 (Canada): 12%
Increase in sales in veggie breakfast items (vegetarian bacons and sausages) in 1999 (U.S.): 20%
Increase in sales of vegetarian alternatives for ground beef in 1999 (U.S.): 35%
Increase in sales of chicken substitutes that are vegetarian in 1999 (U.S.): 71%
Increase in sales of veggie sandwich slices in 1999 (U.S.): 79%
Safeway stores (Canada and U.S.) that sell tofu, soymilk, vegan burgers, and hot dogs: 100%
Tesco and Stainbury's stores (U.K) that sell soymilk, tofu, vegan burgers, and hot dogs: 100%
Kroger stores (Atlanta & Nashville regions) that sell vegan burgers and hot dogs: 100%

Source: Becoming Vegan The Complete Guide To Adopting A healthy Plant-Based Diet by Brenda Davis, R.D. & Vesanto Melina, M.S., R.D.