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Mother Jones: We Asked Why You Stopped Eating Meat. Here Were Your Top 5 Reasons.

KANYAKRIT VONGKIATKAJORN: ‘Mother Jones magazine asked readers why they decided to quit meat. They received nearly 500 responses. An overwhelming majority—nearly 72 percent—cited animal welfare as their main reason for making the switch, followed by concerns for their health and the environment.

Of course, readers often cited a combination of reasons, and also had some pretty personal stories to tell about how their families, as well as books —especially the 1970s classic Diet for a Small Planet, by Frances Moore Lappé—played a role. Cost was also a factor: “I was a single working mom, going to college, with a poorly paying job and I had to cut corners,” writes Pam Flohr, of Carmichael, California. “Once I educated myself, I found a lot of benefits besides cost. I can’t imagine going back to the standard American diet”.’ SOURCE…

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