April 7, 1990. Vegetarian food firm Realeat says a new Gallup survey proves fewer people are eating meat than at any time since WW11. The firm, which supplies supermarkets with veggieburgers and other products, says vegans and vegetarians represent 3% of the adult population, an increase of 23% since 1988. Those avoiding red meat amount to 6.3% ­ a 15% increase. The Meat and Livestock Commission said the survey could be misleading. A spokesman said MLC research showed red meat consumption to be slightly down. "Beef sales have not been affected by BSE scare stories. People are punch drunk from food scares." {{COUNTERPOINT }}