Chopping down on meat saved British folks greater than £2.eight billion final yr, a survey has discovered.
Researchers who polled 2,000 UK adults discovered 26 per cent had lowered their meat consumption in the course of the previous 12 months and in doing so, saved a median of £209 every.
Well being issues, saving cash and decreasing the influence of meat consumption on the environment, had been among the many causes given for chopping down.
A 3rd of respondents thought there can be a time when there are extra vegans and vegetarians within the UK than meat eaters. They believed this may occur in simply 23 years’ time.
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As well as, greater than half of these polled believed 2019 will see extra folks grow to be vegetarian than ever earlier than.
Seventeen per cent of meat-eaters additionally supposed to cut back their meat consumption this yr.
“Vegetarianism has been rising over the previous few years at a beforehand unseen fee,” mentioned Charles Banks, director of The Meals Individuals concerning the ballot which was commissioned by Linda McCartney Meals. “There are a variety of motivations driving folks to change their behaviour, from ethics, economics, setting, well being and accessibility. Due to this fact, it’s most frequently a mixture of things which can be forcing shoppers to rethink their each day diets.”
He added: “The accessibility of vegetarian and vegan meals has had the largest influence, because it strikes in direction of a extra inclusive, mainstream life-style selection.”
The analysis additionally discovered UK meat-eaters at the moment eat meat 5 days every week on common and through a typical yr, they’ll spend £752 on it.
Greater than a fifth of meat-eaters have it on daily basis.
Of those that have eaten much less meat over the previous yr, a 3rd believed the change to their eating regimen has had a constructive impact on their well being.
The research additionally discovered 1 / 4 merely didn’t like meat as a lot as they used to – partly as a result of availability of higher vegetarian alternate options.
Mr Banks added: “Meals with out meat is not only a ‘plain salad’ – it’s now enjoyable, attention-grabbing and totally loaded with the newest developments and flavours.”
He added: “In 2018, the United Nations launched a report which acknowledged we have now simply 12 years to ‘stave off a climate crisis.’ Following this declaration, ideas have turned to our diets, as extra shoppers perceive the true price of our meals, not only for our pockets, however for the setting. They’re starting to grasp that meat-heavy diets usually are not sustainable.”