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‘Part-Time Vegetarians’ Are Skipping Meat With Prices Hit by Inflation

US Shoppers are avoiding items including steak and chicken with higher costs for groceries battering household budgets.

Butcher Justin Taylor weighs a beef ribeye steak at the Wyanet Locker in Wyanet, Illinois.

Butcher Justin Taylor weighs a beef ribeye steak at the Wyanet Locker in Wyanet, Illinois.

Photographer: Daniel Acker

With the cost of meat skyrocketing, more consumers are embracing vegetarian diets.

Vegetarian and vegan diets have become increasingly popular in recent years, as more Americans eschew animal products for a variety of health, ethical and environmental reasons. These days, though, posts on social media indicate it’s more about finances as the sticker shock of meat prices becomes a tipping point.