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Veganism in the UK has quadrupled in four years – but what’s behind it?

FRANCESCA SPECTER: 'Not so long ago, vegan eaters were far and few between. Figures show there were 250,000 vegans in 2006 – just 0.25% of the UK population at the time... Now, the landscape has changed drastically, and seemingly overnight. In just a four year period, the number of vegans in the UK has increased fourfold, quadrupling from 150,000 vegans (0.25% of the population) in 2014 to 600,000 (1.16%) in 2018. Eateries which may once have posed a problem for vegan eaters, such as burger chain McDonalds and pub franchise Wetherspoons (celebrated for its hearty meat pies and bangers n’…

Why do people hate vegans? They can’t stand the truth.

GEORGE REYNOLDS: 'Once a niche interest group parodied in TV shows such as The Simpsons (in which a character describes himself as a “level five vegan” who refuses to eat anything that casts a shadow), in the past two years, vegans have been thrust into the limelight. A philosophy rooted in non-aggression has found itself at the heart of some of the most virulent arguments on social media. In November 2018, Good Morning Britain hosted a debate titled “Do people hate vegans?”; the political website Vox tackled the question in even more direct fashion a week later, asking: “Why do people hate…

How to go vegan: Six influencer’s tips on plant-based mistakes they made and how to avoid them

LAUREN JAMES: 'November is World Vegan Month. As more people are spurred to change their eating habits in the wake of the top-selling documentary The Game Changers, popular proponents of plant-based eating – who avoid meat, dairy and animal-derived foods – share tips on getting the most benefits from the switch. From athletes and models to restaurateurs, popular proponents of plant-based eating share tips on getting the most benefits from the switch. Mistakes they made include not planning ahead, consuming too much protein, and eating too many processed meat substitutes'. SOURCE... RELATED…

CLIMATE EMERGENCY: Scientists urge people to eat less meat. A ‘meat tax’ will do it.

SABRINA BARR: 'Scientists are imploring members of the public to eat less meat as they warn that the world is facing a climate emergency. In a paper published today in journal BioScience, a global team of scientists have declared a climate emergency, detailing six areas of action they say must be addressed that can help slow down the impact of climate change. The paper, which features more than 11,000 scientist signatories from 153 countries, was authored by scientists from the University of Sydney, Oregon State University, the University of Cape Town and Tufts University. The team of…

One-fifth of Britons call themselves ‘flexitarian’, as sales of meat-free food sky rockets

RAVEN SAUNT: 'Sales of meat-free foods have rocketed after middle-class shoppers cut down on animal-based products in their diet. British supermarkets saw a rise of 18 per cent in meat-free food sales over the past year and the sector is now estimated to be worth a £474.5million. But the rise has actually been caused by non-vegetarians. Only three per cent of the population would describe themselves as vegan which means they do not eat any food that comes from animals, including eggs and cheese. Instead, 21 per cent are flexitarian and so enjoy a mostly vegetarian diet but do occasionally…

Veganism in Football: Performance Game-Changer or Social Media-Fueled Fad?

TOM WILLIAMS: 'Veganism is on the rise in top-level football. Arsenal's Hector Bellerin and Roma loanee Chris Smalling are among the players to have adopted fully vegan diets in recent years, while England internationals Fabian Delph, Jack Wilshere and Jermain Defoe have spoken about the benefits of eliminating red meat and dairy from their meals. No less a figure than Lionel Messi has also cut down on meat consumption, along with his Argentina colleague Sergio Aguero. The trend has become so pronounced that a forthcoming set of UEFA guidelines on nutrition will include a section dedicated…

As vegans celebrate World Vegan Day, study says greener diet saves water resources

DAVID NOBLE: 'Vegans and vegetarians are helping to conserve the planet’s valuable freshwater resources says a study by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, reports Bluewater, a world leader in water purification technology and solutions. With the United Nations reporting that 2 billion people live in areas suffering severe water stress, the EU study – published in Nature Sustainability – says that compared to existing diets, the water required to produce our food could be reduced by up to 55 percent by sticking to healthy vegetarian diets. “In an age when fresh water is…

STUDY: Americans, especially millennials, are embracing plant-based meat products

S. KIRSHENBAUM & D. BUHLER: 'Sheril Kirshenbaum, an associate research scientist at Michigan State University, and Douglas Buhler, the Director of AgBioResearch and Assistant Vice President of Research and Innovation at Michigan State University, surveyed respondents on their meat alternative perspectives. The results of their biannual, nationally representative survey of over 2,100 people suggest perspectives on meat alternatives are shifting rapidly. In February 2018, 48% of respondents said they were unlikely to "purchase foods that look and taste identical to meat, but are based on…

STUDY: The Environmental Impact of Leather

OWEN ROGERS: 'Leather is often framed as a byproduct of meat and dairy, but considering the scale of the industry and ubiquity of leather in clothing worldwide, it’s easy to see why it should be considered as an industry in and of itself. We know that raising cows for food can be incredibly damaging to the environment, and when we look more closely at leather production, we can see that those environmental impacts don’t end with cows’ deaths. This study was primarily focused on the impact of three post-tanning processes: retanning, fatliquoring, and dyeing... To examine the environmental…

A Look at the Companies Which are Fueling the Multi-Billion-Dollar Plant-Based Food Industry

PM NEWSWIRE: 'It started with plant-based milk, then plant-based yogurt and now it's plant-based meat that's taking the spotlight... Plant-based foods are here to stay and the market is expected to continue on its upward trajectory for the foreseeable future. In the past year, plant-based food sales in the US increased by 11% to an impressive $4.5 billion USD , while the global vegan foods market is estimated to hit $24.3 billion USD by 2026 . The leading drivers behind this growth are plant-based dairy and plant-based meats, with sales increasing by 39% and 37% respectively in the last…