8 Nations Going Vegetarian, Proving To The World Less Is More Environment

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These countries have decreased their consumption of animal products dramatically!

blueberries-864628_1280Did you know? In 2010, the United Nations released a report urging the world to adopt a predominantly plant-based diet, for its environmental and health implications. Since the turn of the century, interest in vegan and vegetarian diets has dramatically increased!

In fact, a number of nations are making headlines with their sustainable commitments, some of the most notable ones listed below.

According to an article in the New Zealand Herald, the increase is fueled by a motivation to help prevent disease, environmental degradation, and animal suffering on factory farms.

Explains the author:

“A decade ago, the vegan diet was considered whacky, if not plain risky. Vegans were seen as un-fun characters who lived on dandelion tea and brown rice. Now, eating vegan is seriously cool.” 

Following are eight other countries ditching meat and lessening their carbon footprint by embracing a delicious, plant-based lifestyle:

1) SPAIN 

As shared by this article published last year in The Guardian, there is a growing population ofvegetarians and vegans in the country of Spain:

“Spanish people have a reputation as diehard meat eaters. But in recent years, as the number of vegan or vegetarian restaurants in Spain has doubled, there are signs of change.” The author continues, “The idea that we should, at the very least, eat less meat is increasingly common in Spain, as in many other parts of Europe.” 

2) THE UNITED KINGDOM

The UK is quickly following in the footsteps of the United States health-wise, which is why news of one in eight British adults now following a vegetarian or vegan diet is positive news.

Interestingly, 12% of the population now identifies as ‘vegetarian’ or ‘vegan’, but that percentage jumps to 20% for people between the ages of 16 and 24. That’s not all: millions more in the UK are “flexitarians,” meaning they have cut back on their meat consumption dramatically, but still consume it now and again.

3) SWEDEN 

Not only has the nation run out of garbage and is importing trash from neighboring countries to burn for fuel, its government is contemplating a “meat tax.” You can learn more about that here.

That said, it should as no surprise, then, that nearly 10% of the country now identifies as vegetarian or vegan – and the millennial generation is leading the way.

Animal Rights Sweden conducted a poll and learned that in the past five years, the number of vegetarians in the country has increased by 4%!

4) ISRAEL

An article published by JSpaceNews last year showcases the growing vegan population in Israel. It is estimated that at the time of publication, there were nearly 300,000 vegans in the tiny country – making up 4% of its total population.

According to the author: “That makes Israel the vegan capital of the world, with more people per capita eschewing all animal products in their diet than any other nation.”

Credit: BloomforLife.org

Credit: BloomforLife.org

5) INDIA

This largely vegetarian country became even more veg-friendly last year! As the Mercy for Animals blog relays, last year, the Indian city Palitana became the first all-vegetarian city in the world.

Monks in this country spurred this revolutionary change by going on a hunger strike to pressure the state of Gujarat to outlaw animal slaughter in their city. Their efforts proved to be successful, and shortly after, the government imposed a ban on animal slaughter and outlawed the sale of meat and eggs.

6) GERMANY

It may seem shocking that the nation renowned for Bratwurst is now home to over 7 millionvegetarians, but the demand for plant-based products is only increasing.

Even the nation’s 200-year-old Oktoberfest, a meat-laden annual German beer festival, has started serving delicious vegan versions of traditional favorites to satiate attendees’ appetites.

In addition, the owner of Veganz, an all-vegan supermarket chain based in Germany, has ambitious plans of opening 60 more stores by the year 2020, due to popular demand!

7) CANADA

According to results from a survey of Canadian food consumption for 2013, citizens in this nation havedecreased their meat consumption by almost 10%(!) since the year 2011. A general decrease was noted across all meat categories, but the most noteworthy decline was seen in pork consumption, with a decrease of 4.5%.

Not only that, last year The Huffington Post Canada highlighted Canada’s growing trend away from the consumption of milk. It seems consumption of dairy products has dropped 25% as more nutritious, humane and dairy-free alternatives (like soy and almond milk) have become available.

8) THE UNITED STATES

The country is doing something right in its quest to curb skyrocketing diseases of affluence (like Diabetes, Cancer, and heart disease) by reducing its consumption of animal products. Google even recently tried to buy-out a Vegan ‘cheeseburger’ company in the States.

Other private investors are putting millions into vegan food start-ups, like Bill Gates who is an die hard fan of Beyond Meat, and Hampton Creek Foods, which garnered the attention of Asia’s richest businessman, Li Ka-Shing, along with a $23 million investment.

That’s not all: global market research company Mintel recently discovered that 36% of Americans purchase meat alternatives every once in a while. (Perhaps for Meatless Mondays?)

Consuming more plant-based foods is one of the best things you can do for the environment and your health. And guess what? It doesn’t have to be disgusting, boring, or hard. TrueActivist has already shared some healthy inspiration, such as “5 Best Ways To Eat More Bananas,” and the “Top 7 Vegan Sources of Protein.”

It’s easier than ever to get started today and start living a vibrant, eco-friendly lifestyle. Share this article and comment your thoughts below.


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19 COMMENTS

  1. This is scary, u know who else donr eat meat? North korean slaves who are lucky to get a bite once a year, but what makes it worse here are people doing it gladly !

    • Go do some research on what the meat industry is doing to the planet and our health. Its crazy how they kept it quiet for so long just so the big corporations could line their pockets. Cowspiracy on netflix is a must watch. Anonymous is all about forgetting what we were taught and going out and learning the truth.

  2. There is no shrotage in food.

    We just ned to stop throwing it out if it gets over date.

    And stop overeating in general.
    and lastly, the poor cant afford food in africa anywayes. gg

    • No shortage of food? Try telling that to starving kids because crops that could have fed them are fed to animals for greedy wealthy people. We have to stop eating animal products. One day it simply won’t be a choice. Its life or death essentially. The environmental damage shouldn’t be taken lightly. Watch cowspiracy and see how much damage is done.anonymous is all about the truth. If that’d what you want, cowspiracy, is what u should watch. Gary yourofsky and kip Anderson are people u should look into IMO.

  3. Awesome news!!! This has made my day! ?? People are slowly, but surely waking up to the truth… There is hope after all 🙂

  4. I have heard the argument from Christians that God put animals on the planet for us to eat. I was told by a priest many years ago that animals don’t have souls – how terribly convenient for him ? If God intended animals as the primary source of food, then why did he give them nerve endings where they can feel terrible pain. Why did he make allow them to get attached to their young and cry out in pain when its baby is taken away. Don’t give me the flight or fight excuse re: nerves etc We are not a wild cats on the Savannah; we have a choice and the luxury of stopping practices like that of inhumane factory farming – if you are going to eat an animal, then at least let it have some quality of life before hand

    • Yeah, that commandment says “thou shalt not kill” not “thou shalt not kill humans.” A lot of people need to revisit the excuses they use to do as they please.

  5. Meat is eaten by people who wish to increase body mass iron thus oxygen in bloodstream. Short term these people physically stronger long term they develope health problems meat was meant to be harvested in a humane way and animal torture produces hormones which ruin the meat. So I will eat an occasional small portions of home grown and loved creatures which are vegetarian

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