04/17/2012 02:31 pm ET

8 Ways Vegetarian Is Good For The Planet

Plant-based diets are growing in popularity with every passing day. An estimated 5 percent of the U.S. population was vegetarian or vegan in 2011, compared to a mere 0.04 percent in 1985. Diners choose a plant-based diet for a variety of reasons; some for animal welfare benefits, others for health purposes.

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