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Number of Vegans in the UK Reaches 3.5 Million

7% of Great Britain’s population now identify themselves as vegan.
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Veganism is big now – particularly in the United Kingdom. A week won’t go by where something “vegan” hasn’t happened in the region. Most recently, the region’s total vegan population has skyrocketed, reaching over 3.5 million.

According to a survey by comparethemarket.com, the number of vegans in the UK has increased dramatically since 2016. In fact, the few million Brits identifying themselves as vegan represent a good 7% of Great Britain’s population.

Back in 2016, The Vegan Society revealed that approximately 540,000 Brits over the age of 15 identified themselves as vegan. But new research has shown that the numbers will keep on increasing, mostly due to environmental concerns related to animal agriculture.

“From farm to fork and beyond, food accounts for about 20 percent of all our greenhouse emissions,” said Gresham College professor, Carolyn Roberts, who supported the new research.

“Estimates suggest that if all of our meat eaters switched to a vegan diet, it would roughly halve total greenhouse gas emissions associated with food.

“On balance, if greenhouse gases were the only consideration, then switching to a low- or no- meat diet could be of a greater benefit to the environment, and specifically the battle against climate change.”

But that’s not all. It has been proved that meat is linked to cancer and heart disease. So, ditching animal products would naturally make you feel better inside and out. And with all of the meat alternatives that exist, what better day to go vegan than today?




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