Allow me to draw your attention to a great piece in the New York Times from Mark Bittman about one of the most treasured of all American pastimes: meat consumption.
It’s a great article (most articles from Bittman are, check out his site here). In it, Bittman attempts to explain why meat and poultry consumption in the U.S. is projected to be about 12.2% less in 2012 than it was in 2007. Bittman is not himself a vegetarian – he is the author of How to Cook Everything, after all – just an advocate of a more mindful, sensible approach to cooking and eating.
So why are we eating less meat? There are lots of factors, but he thinks it mostly comes down to consumers wanting to eat less meat. Imagine that! I can say that in my experience with friends and family this is definitely the case. There seems to be an enhanced awareness that meat doesn’t have to be the center of attention at every meal.
Anyways, check out the article, it’s a great read for carnivores, omnivores, vegetarians, flexitarians, fruitarians, utilitarians – whatever floats your boat.
What about you? Do you feel like you eat less meat now than in previous years? If so, why do you think that is?