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Howard G. Smith, M.D. is a former radio medical editor and talk show host in the Boston Metro area. His "Medical Minute" of health and wellness news and commentary was a regular weekday feature on WBZ-AM, WRKO-AM, and WMRE-AM. His popular two-way talk show, Dr. Howard Smith OnCall, was regularly heard Sunday morning and middays on WBZ.

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Jan 14, 2020




A British survey of some 1000 millennial men and women shows that most like the concept of reducing meat consumption but find it inconvenient. 


Seventy-three percent think eating plant-based food is more ethical, 70% rate it more environmentally-beneficial, and 50% consider it healthier.  However, up to 80% feel it takes too much effort and 60% rate it unenjoyable.


Every year the push to boost plant-based diets around the world begins in “Veganuary.”  It should be more successful year after year since the 4 season availability of fruits and vegetables is now joined by plant-based meat substitutes like Impossible beef, pork, and fish.  Get aboard!


Christopher J. Bryant. We Can’t Keep Meating Like This: Attitudes towards Vegetarian and Vegan Diets in the United Kingdom. Sustainability, 2019; 11 (23): 6844 DOI: 10.3390/su11236844


#plantbasedfood #vegan #veganuary #greendiet