Washington Post food editor Joe Yonan has made the decision to go vegetarian.
March 9, 2013 Washington Post food editor Joe Yonan took a bit of a professional risk this week by publicly declaring his vegetarianism. He's not alone: Many Americans say they've cut back on meat in recent years, and like Yonan, they cite health as a primary concern.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/173822176/173883667" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
A vegan Thanksgiving feast, featuring Tofurky
November 26, 2012 Do vegetarians and vegans think they are better than everyone else? Do omnivores wrongly think they are being judged by their meatless friends and relatives? Commentator Tania Lombrozo says that, while some on both sides are just self-righteous and annoying, many people are ready to put aside their misconceptions and sit down at the table to feast as equals.
October 18, 2012 New research suggests that big-game hunting was part of our past for 2 million years. But according to commentator Barbara J. King, our history as meat-eaters can't explain why we find some animals delectable, like chickens and pigs, and eating others out of the question.
Asparagus and tofu
August 30, 2012 Vegetarians and vegans don't eat meat. They do often have ethical concerns over how animals are treated by meat eaters. So do they think they're better than everyone else? Commentator Barbara J. King puts this question to two prominent non-meat-eaters.
July 26, 2012 Should a healthy human diet be based on the almost-entirely vegetarian habits of ancestral monkeys and apes? Or should we accept that no evolutionary time period is a helpful guide to making good eating choices in today's world?
The execution of Marie Antoinette. Artist unknown.
July 14, 2012 The French Revolution conjures up memories of Marie Antoinette and the guillotine and angry peasant uprisings, but middle-class vegetarians may have also played an important role in the politics of the day.
Chinese volleyball player Yunwen Ma during a game between China and Germany, at the Montreux Volley Masters women tournament, in Montreux, Switzerland, in 2011.
JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BOTT/EPA /Landov
July 5, 2012 The Chinese women's Olympic volleyball coach blamed his team's recent losses on their lack of access to safe meat while on the road. A lot of meat that's served in China is tainted with a chemical that's also considered a performance-enhancing drug.
Those who've tried it say fake chicken salad looks and tastes like the real thing.
May 17, 2012 A new Maryland company is betting that its mixture of soy, pea powder, carrot fiber and gluten-free flour tastes a lot like real chicken. Beyond Meat plans to expand into fake pork and ground beef next.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/152519988/152890329" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
Meat substitutes like seitan made from wheat gluten are becoming more palatable.
March 19, 2012 According to a U.S. product database, 110 meat substitute products were introduced in 2010 and 2011. All those new products are giving people who are looking for tasty alternatives to meat a lot more choice.
March 15, 2012 Why would anyone get excited about eating fake meat? If plant-based "meatless chicken" tastes fine, is good for our health and the environment's health, and rescues chickens from slaughterhouse horrors, what's not to like?
October 19, 2011 PETA says nudity is just one tactic it uses to draw attention to its animal-rights causes, including anti-fur campaigns and new efforts to promote a vegetarian lifestyle. It's not necessarily more effective than other types of shocking ads it's created.
NPR thanks our sponsors
Become an NPR sponsor