Non-Vegetarians Driving Vegetarian-Food Popularity?
Breaking News: 2014 brought about a decrease in 400 million animals killed for food and it appears as though the numbers will continue to drop:
Given that around 93 percent of people still eat meat, it’s difficult to imagine that everyone will cease doing so anytime soon. A world that eats far fewer meat, however, is already on the way. Meat consumption has been steadily declining in the U.S.—by 10% per capita since 2007, in fact.
Clearly Veg has reported on this before, alongside numerous other veg-specific and maintsream news outlets. The information that’s pleasantly surprising is what’s skewing these numbers (American consumption of meat has gone down a lot while worldwide demand has risen):
In fact, a 2013 Mintel study found that while more than a third of Americans buy meat alternatives like Gardein, less than 10 percent of Americans identify as vegetarians. In other words, the market for vegetarian meats is being largely driven by non-vegetarians…
In an ideal world the masses would simply give up eating meat – but a more realistic movement is a slow sweep that orients the majority away from meat over time, or, as Dr. T Colin Campbell has suggested:
…allow our taste preferences to change, that’s the key thing. And when our taste preferences begin to change, then we get used to it and the first thing you know we crave a salad…
Many of us will still find ourselves frustrated with the current situation for the billions of animals slaughtered each year all over the world, but remember this: small changes with regard to the food choices omnivores are making on a daily basis (thanks in large part to modern plant-based options alongside more accessible and commonly held nutritional knowledge) has yielded 400 million lives saved and rising.
Original article & image source: http://latestvegannews.com/400-million-fewer-animals-were-killed-for-food-last-year-because-people-are-eating-less-meat/