According to Forbes, a recent Gallup poll found that the majority of vegetarians and vegans in the United States made less than $30,000 per year, classifying them as low income by federal standards.
What’s more, the survey found that meat consumption was greater among higher-income people. Those earning more than $70,000 annually were least likely to have veg diets, with 5 percent being vegetarian and only 2 percent being vegan. This flies in the face of the belief that a plant-based diet is expensive and only achievable for the affluent.
The poll concludes:
Americans earning less than $30,000 annually are more likely to identify as vegetarian. Nine percent of this group say they are vegetarian, a higher percentage than is true of Americans in the two higher-income groups.
The poll also revealed that the two age groups most likely to be vegetarian or vegan were 30–49 and 18–29, respectively. Over the past decade, veganism has seen consistent growth as millennials—now the world’s largest generation—purchase their own food. Concerned about health, the environment, and animal welfare, this generation boasts more self-identifying vegetarians than any other, according to The New York Times.
It makes sense that those with lower incomes are more likely to be vegetarian or vegan. Many vegan foods, such as legumes, root vegetables, rice, beans, and pasta, are some of the most affordable foods on the planet. In fact, countless delicious vegan dishes happen to be inexpensive without even trying!
Additionally, factory farming discriminates against low-income communities. Factory farms are a public-health and environmental nightmare. From contaminating groundwater to exposing people to dangerous gases, factory farms wreak havoc on vulnerable local communities. It just makes sense to be vegan if you are someone who’s considered low income.
By choosing delicious vegan foods, we can stand up for communities suffering discrimination and spare countless animals a lifetime of misery. Cows, pigs, chickens, and fish raised and killed for food are subjected to unthinkable cruelties: tiny, filthy cages; horrific mutilations; torturous transport; and violent slaughter.
See for yourself.