Why are some Australians vegetarians?
Vegetarianism is a lifestyle choice for those who want to reduce their intake of animal products and, in many cases, increase their consumption of protein.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates that between 5% and 9% of the population of Australia is vegetarian, but the number varies greatly.
A study from the University of New South Wales found that almost 30% of Australian men and 25% of women were vegetarians in 2014.
The survey found that more than half of respondents (57%) who had not previously had a vegan diet were vegetarian.
About 14% of men and 6% of female respondents were vegetarian.
The study also found that the proportion of vegans in Australia had increased from 18% in 2014 to 22% in 2015, with the proportion rising to 29% in 2017.
The findings were based on responses from 7,000 Australians aged 16 years and older.
The research was funded by the Australian Research Council and the Australian Institute of Nutrition.