Roughly 2.6 million Swiss individuals — or 31 % of the inhabitants are reducing again on or have eradicated meat consumption. That’s in keeping with a current survey performed by Swissveg, a vegan and vegetarian useful resource.
How Many Vegans in Switzerland?
Fourteen % of the inhabitants follows a meat-free diet — 11 % are vegetarian whereas three % are vegan, which means there are presently 252,00zero vegans in Switzerland. Youthful persons are extra more likely to comply with a plant-based diet, with six % of these between ages 15 t0 34 saying they don’t devour animal merchandise.
An additional 17 % determine as flexitarians, claiming they’re acutely aware of their meat consumption. The youthful technology can be extra more likely to say they’re flexitarian, with 22 % claiming to eat much less meat. Individuals ages 35 to 56 eat probably the most meat.
The preferred causes for going meat-free embody animal welfare (78 %), ethics (60 %), the atmosphere (58 %), concern of the sustainability of the meals system (45 %), and well being (35 %). As for many who nonetheless eat meat, it’s as a result of they prefer it, consider it’s good for well being, and out of behavior.
Individuals residing in cities with increased training are the almost certainly to be vegan, vegetarian, or flexitarian.
The Rise of Veganism
The survey revealed that the shift towards a meat-free diet is current for many individuals. Seventeen % of vegans have adopted the approach to life for six to 10 years whereas 20 % ditched animal merchandise three to 5 years in the past. Fifty-six % have been vegan for lower than three years. This means that veganism is greater than a “development” and has not but reached its peak, in keeping with Swissveg.
Comparable modifications will be seen throughout Europe. Germany ranked highest for the quantity of recent vegan merchandise launched in 2017, solely to be dethroned by the UK in 2018, in keeping with international information agency Mintel.
Main meals publication Meals Navigator additionally indicated that the shift towards plant-based and flexitarian diets are right here to remain in response to the UK’s Agriculture and Horticulture Growth Board deeming it a “fad” of youthful generations. The report indicated the rising variety of medical professionals recommending plant-based diets for well being, rising concern for the atmosphere, and cell-based meat expertise are a menace to animal agriculture’s future.