Meat consumption has been seen as the cultural “norm” for thousands of years, but is it really “normal?” Eating a burger that was once a sentient being to satisfy our taste buds just seems downright cruel. And unnecessary might I add.

It seems like more and more people are embracing their compassionate side and are choosing more plant-based! In the following infographic, meat consumption has dwindled down from 28 billion pounds in 2007 to 25.8 billion pounds in 2012. As more people learn about the negative effects that eating meat poses on our health, the environment, and not to mention, the animals, we are seeing more people switch over to the veggie-side.

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For those who have not made the full commitment to go meat-free, Meatless Mondays is always an option. When Sid Lerner and the Johns Hopkins University started the Meatless Mondays campaign in 2003, the collaboration helped start a new movement of people falling out of love with meat.

Now, 36 countries are participating in the campaign and it’s growing bigger and better every day. In order to fuel your plant-based journey, try OGP’s countless vegan recipes!

Check out the infographic below to learn more about the decline of meat consumption:

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