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U.S. Vegan Population DOUBLES in Just Two Years

Today in amazing news: according to a new Harris Interactive study commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource Group, the number of vegans in the United States has DOUBLED since 2009 to 2.5% of the population. An amazing 7.5 million U.S. citizens now eat vegan diets that do not include any animal products – no meat, poultry, fish, dairy or eggs. Close to 16 million, or 5%, identify as vegetarian, never eating meat, poultry or fish.

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If this rate continues, vegans will be 10% of the U.S. population in 2015, 40% in 2019, and in 80 % in 2050!

This would mean an end to the exploitation and suffering of billions of farmed animals. The study also revealed that 33% of U.S. citizens are eating vegetarian meals a significant amount of the time and ordering vegetarian meals at restaurants, though they are not vegetarians. That is over 100 million people, one third of the country!

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Avocado and Four Bean Pasta Salad

One of my Twitter followers sent me this recipe (originally posted on Taste.com.au) and I knew I just had to make it. Only 6 ingredients and the prep time is almost zero, how could I resist? Hope you enjoy!

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Ingredients:

  • 100g dried wholemeal spiral pasta
  • 300g can four bean mix, drained, rinsed
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 medium avocado, chopped
  • 20g baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic dressing

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta in a saucepan of boiling salted water, following packet directions, until just tender. Drain. Transfer to a large bowl. Set aside to cool.
  2. Add bean mix, tomato, avocado, spinach and dressing to pasta. Toss to combine. Serve.