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Veganism in Great Britain: Why is it on the up?

According to the latest research conducted in 2016, there are estimated to be around 540,000 vegans in Great Britain. It's estimated that this is up from 150,000 in 2006.

LORA JONES: ‘Across Britain, people are spending more money on vegan products, and plant-based diets are trending online. With major supermarkets catching on and stocking up on vegan-friendly food – BBC News asks what’s behind the rise? A vegan diet involves cutting out animal products like meat, fish, dairy and eggs. According to the latest research by the Vegan Society, conducted in 2016, there are estimated to be around 540,000 vegans in Great Britain. It’s estimated that this is up from 150,000 in 2006, and that there are twice as many women than men who are vegan. Around 360,000 people also describe themselves as lifestyle vegans, who commit to only using or buying cosmetics and clothes free from animal products, for example…

Social media has had a big part to play in the rise of the plant-based lifestyle. Veganism is a hot topic – the number of Google searches worldwide has also spiked in recent years… Giles Quick, director at market researcher Kantar Worldpanel, said: “The vegan market has changed fundamentally in the last six or seven years – it’s now for everyone”… According to analysts, young women are driving the growth of the vegan movement. But, a range of reasons lie behind veganism’s rise… A total of 49% of those interested in cutting down on their meat consumption said they would do so for health reasons, according to a survey of more than 1,000 adults in Great Britain by Mintel… Animal welfare and environmental concerns were also big motivators’. SOURCE…

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