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May 21, 2020 - ABC17

Want to eat less meat? Take a page from these cultures that already do

Want to eat less meat? Take a page from these cultures that already do
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As the pandemic pokes holes in America’s meat supply chain, many people are thinking about eating less meat or even going vegetarian.

Maybe you’re thinking about the safety of plant workers, animal welfare, cleanliness or costs.

That leads to the following questions: What should a newbie eat? How do you get enough nutrients? And importantly — how do you make the food taste good?

Indian, Indonesian, Ethiopian and Nigerian cooks could teach novices a thing or two, since they’ve had meat-free eating down pat for hundreds or even thousands of years.

These four countries, all with robust cooking traditions, are among the Asian and African countries with low rates of meat consumption or high rates of vegetarianism, according to a 2019 agricultural report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.

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