Headlines > The rise of the Vegan

Posted on July 31, 2017

Original image courtesy of US National Institutes of Health

Priya Vadgama explores why more people in the UK are reducing their meat consumption

According to the Vegan Society there were three and a half times as many vegans in the UK in 2016 than 10 years earlier. A YouGov survey titled, Meat and Poultry 2017, also found that 56% don’t believe that meat needs to be part of their daily meal.

The Vegan Society’s formal definition is that “veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.”

The Meat and Poultry report found that, 33% of the people who took part in the survey stopped eating meat for health reasons, and around 32% were keen to try new meals. The report also found that for some, meat has become a luxury. 29% who reduced their meat intake noticed that it had become an increased expense.

However, researchers Ipsos MORI have found that Vegan movement is now driven by young people, who are choosing to make more ethical choices. Young people say social media platforms like Instagram, have played a big part in the movement.

A study by Oxford University claims, leading a vegan lifestyle would save 8.1 million lives by 2050. While assessing economic benefits, their researchers found that changing our diets would also save billions in healthcare, and sick days.

Brian Kateman, the co-founder of the Reducetarian movement says, “To some the reason people eat less meat isn’t for some badge, or some public status, it’s because it has a meaningful impact on the world.”

According to the Reducetarians, eating less meat is an accomplishment; but if you eat meat occasionally this doesn’t mean you’ve failed. “You cannot ‘fail’ at trying to eat better; and you’re not a hypocrite if you do your best.”

What I think
I am a vegetarian and have been ever since I was born. This is because my family and I don’t agree with animal cruelty. I personally think everyone should cut down on meat, by slowly reducing the amount they eat each day. There are several benefits of doing so, some being, it reduces your risk of cancer, it can help lower cholesterol, and it’s eco-friendly. So why don’t you give it a try?

What do you think? Please comment below.

Priya Vadgama
Priya enjoys art and listening to music, and is interested in the creative industry.

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