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mike pailliotet typed: > Yeah, there probably are less then 1 % of us cud chewers world wide . Ummmm, not exactly true. Perhaps in the so-called 'Western World' it is 1% only , however vaste numbers of this planet's population are and have been, traditionally 'vegetarian' for a range of reasons, mostly either spititual and/or economic. The Indian sub-continent and large areas of Africa and Asia are good examples of that contention. Sometimes it is purely 'ceremonial' such as special Buddhist days when only vegetarian food is taken (parts of Asia); thousands of years of spiritual tradition (certain sprititual sects of India); general poverty (large tracts of Africa, and perhaps at least in times past, the Indian sub-contiment). As (relatively) very affluent Westerners, we sometimes forget how easy is has been for us to make a concious 'choice' about what our plates and bowls contain. IMO the vaste majority of the people of this world do not enjoy that choice, and may be vegetarian out of necessity or tradition. Certainly, I believe the percentage is hugely more than "one percent". Probably Tina Manley and Sebastio Salgado, and others whom work a great deal in third-world countries may have some comments about the 'prevalence' or otherwise of vegetarianism around the world?