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June 06, 2020 - Yahoo Finance

Half of Americans Want Meat-Free Options After Industry’s Crisis

Half of Americans Want Meat-Free Options After Industry’s Crisis
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(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. meat industry crisis that saw thousands of sick workers, surging prices and grocery-store shortages is leading half of Americans to consider plant-based options, new research shows.

A poll taken By Rethink Priorities in conjunction with the Humane Society of the United States at the end of May found that 52% of respondents think the food industry should focus more on meat-free foods to help reduce shortages. The survey of 998 people also found that half of respondents don’t think the meat industry cares about the health of its workers, and 65% don’t think it cares about the treatment of animals.

“Covid is shining a light for consumers to start evaluating their own choices and whether or not they want to continue to buy meat,” said Josh Balk, vice president of farm animal protection for the Humane Society.

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