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Italy reporting increased number of vegetarians

About 6% of Italians rejecting meat, often for health reasons

21 August, 19:35
Italy reporting increased number of vegetarians (ANSA) - Gorizia, August 21 - Approximately 6% of Italians have become vegetarians, a significant jump from the 4% reported one year ago, according to statistics released Wednesday.

The figures were released just before a Vegetarian Festival beginning August 30 in Gorizia in north-eastern Italy.

Many men report excluding animal protein from their diets for health reasons, according to the 2013 survey by EURISPES, a think-tank for political, social and economic studies.

In contrast, almost 67% of women who say they are vegetarians cited animal welfare as the main reason they shun meat.