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Should Vegetarianism be a Choice for Children?

 
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Short Description:
This article examines the significance of data from Vegetarian Resource Group which cites a 1.6% increase in the population of vegetarian youths over the last 15 years, and also questions the practice of vegetarianism among children.

Abstract:
This opinion piece questions the significance of a Vegetarian Resource Group survey of 1,258 children ages 8 to 18 that found 3% never eat meat, poultry or seafood. According to this author, the noted 1.6% increase from 1995 does not reflect a significant trend, and further, the author argues that a vegetarian diet for children may not be the healthiest choice, as children require more supervision to ensure they are getting a nutritionally complete diet.

Spot Check Number: 1555
Sponsor: Drovers
Researcher/Author: Greg Henderson
Animal Type: Farm Animals
Research Method: Online Survey
Geographic Region: United States National
Number of Participants: 1,258
Population Descriptors: Vegetarian children
Year Conducted: 2010
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