Jess Catcher, a writer from Oklahoma now residing in New York City, swore she would never eat meat again when she was 14 years old. That was on June 18, 2001, and coincidently, she later found out that she had made her vow on the birthday of former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney, one of the most famous vegetarians in the world. McCartney’s late wife, Linda, even had her own range of vegetarian food products – which exist to this day.
Never a big meat consumer, in any case, Catcher found it easy to give up the foodstuff completely. And in doing so she followed in the meat-free footsteps of some 7.3 million full-time vegetarians in the U.S. – or 3.2 percent of the adult population. Indeed, according to the study “Vegetarianism in America,” published by magazine the Vegetarian Times in 2008, an even greater number, 22.8 million people – or one in ten Americans – claim to largely eschew chewing meat.
With Catcher living in New York, her menu choice didn’t, however, actually place her in too small a minority. Not according to the online food delivery service Grubhub, anyway. Grubhub analyzed customer data and found that in some areas of NYC, 73 percent said “no thanks” to carnivorous options.