Italy reporting increased number of vegetarians
About 6% of Italians rejecting meat, often for health reasons21 August, 19:35
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.