A recent article in Business Insider reported on the results of a CNN survey, in which 10,000 Americans were asked about their eating habits. Approximately 6 percent of the respondents identified themselves as vegetarians however, when researchers asked them to describe their eating habits, 60 percent of the professed vegetarians reported having eaten red meat, poultry or fish within the last 24 hours!
These results mirror a similar study (the Continuing Survey of Food Intakes by Individuals) conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. More than 13,300 Americans were surveyed, with 3 percent claiming to be vegetarians. However, when researchers followed up a week later, 66 percent of the self-proclaimed, duplicitous veggie-lovers had eaten meat the day before.
Vegetarianism is a phase rather than a lifestyle for many people. Surveys suggest that roughly 75 percent of the people who quit eating meat eventually change their minds and return to a diet that includes animal flesh.
I think it’s ironic and a little bit funny that Bill Clinton is “now a devoted vegan,” according to a recent article in AARP The Magazine. He would be the perfect spokesman for the movement: He’s already a professed liar, and people want to believe that he doesn’t eat meat. I hate to shatter their perception, but that same article noted (albeit on the last page), “Once a week or so, [Clinton] will have a helping of organic salmon or an omelet made with omega-3-fortified eggs, to maintain iron, zinc and muscle mass.”
We can’t blame Clinton for skirting the truth. He can’t help it.
While animal rights groups and others who promote vegetarianism have worked hard to demoralize meat consumption, the vast majority of Americans aren’t biting. Instead, they’re biting into juicy, mouth-watering pork chops, tenderloins and bacon-topped burgers.