Rosenbaum, 23, went vegetarian in 2017 and is one of about 16 million Americans to make the same choice over the past few decades. From 1971 until 2018, the percentage of Americans choosing meat alternatives grew from 1% up to 5%, according to surveys from Harris Interactive and Gallup.
Many vegetarians and animal rights activists believe the COVID-19 pandemic, and how it has ravaged the meat industry, could be a turning point in more Americans joining their meat-free ranks.
Americans eat more meat per capita than any other country.
Yanz noted her vegan diet amid the pandemic means she’s not experiencing the same woes as other consumers.
“I’m feeling no shortage of anything, except for toilet paper,” she said concerning the few times she’s gone to the grocery store. “We felt no shortage of meats or things like that; I never bought them in the first place.”
Me either. I still have 60 or 70 pounds of venison in the freezer. There’s a nice chili simmering on the stove now. Mmmmm mmmm.