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What's Behind The Vegetarian Boom In Meat-Loving Argentina

In a country famous for its carne culture, a new generation is opting for a far different kind of diet, and food retailers are paying attention.

Environmental organizations protesting in Buenos Aires
Environmental organizations protesting in Buenos Aires
María Paula Bandera

BUENOS AIRES — There have always been kids who are picky eaters. But these days, more and more are being picky with a purpose: to avoid eating anything "animal-based." Yes, even in Argentina — a country that's celebrated for the quality of its beef and known for its love of barbecues — a growing number of teenagers are going vegetarian or vegan.

Food firms are taking note. Indeed, anyone shopping or eating out will note more vegetarian and vegan options. A study from July 2019 by consultants Kantar found that 9% of all Argentines were vegetarian or vegan. The numbers aren't broken down by age, but it stands to reason that the trend is most prevalent among young people, as suggested by a survey done in the United Kingdom by the polling firm Ipsos Mori, which found that half of all vegans are aged 15 to 35 years.

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The Days After: What Would Happen If Putin Opts For A Tactical Nuclear Strike

The risk of the Kremlin launching a tactical nuclear weapon on Ukraine is small but not impossible. The Western response would itself set off a counter-response, which might contain or spiral to the worst-case scenario.

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Yves Bourdillon

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PARISVladimir Putin could “go nuclear” in Ukraine. Yes, this expression, which metaphorically means “taking the extreme, drastic action,” is now literally considered a possibility as well. Cornered and humiliated by a now plausible military defeat, experts say the Kremlin could launch a tactical nuclear bomb on a Ukrainian site in a desperate attempt to turn the tables.

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In any case, this is what Putin — who put Russia's nuclear forces on alert just after the start of the invasion in late February — is aiming to achieve: to terrorize populations in Western countries to push their leaders to let go of Ukraine.

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