In 2016, people are proud to embrace a vegan and vegetarian lifestyle. It’s no secret that this strict plant-based manual, fueled by an intense motive to help prevent disease and fight against animal cruelty, proves one’s strength and an unyielding mindset.
Vegetarianism is slowly but surely taking over the world – and eight nations are ready to start within the walls of their own homes.
“A decade ago, the vegan diet was considered whacky, if not plain risky,” an author explains in the New Zealand Herald. Vegans were seen as un-fun characters who lived on dandelion tea and brown rice. Now, eating vegan is seriously cool.”
Cool, indeed – especially to the indigenous people of Spain, The United Kingdom, Sweden, Israel, India, Germany, Canada and The United States. These are the eight countries taking the plunge to full-vegetarianism.
While Spaniards have a reputation of being true meat-eaters, vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Spain continues to grow. Trevor Baker of The Guardian says, “In recent years, as the number of vegan or vegetarian restaurants in Spain has doubled, there are signs of change. The idea that we should, at the very least, eat less meat is increasingly common in Spain, as in many other parts of Europe.”
The United States is no different. In a country full of skyrocketing diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease, vegetarianism has become incredibly thought-provoking. For example, Bill Gates, a prime example of the American dream, proudly supports vegan start-up businesses like Beyond Meat and Hampton Creek.
And that’s not all. Mintel, a global market research company, recently discovered that 36% of Americans purchase meat alternatives every once in a while. Now, that’s a great start.
The United Kingdom is quickly following the footsteps of The United States. Now, 1 of 8 British adults are following either a vegan or vegetarian diet. A majority of the population occasionally cut back on meat.
Going vegetarian is much more cost effective in Sweden. The Swedish government has implemented a “meat tax,” forcing nearly 10% of the population to refrain from eating meat. Canada has also decreased their meat consumption by almost 10% since the year of 2011.
In countries like India and Israel, a plant-based diet isn’t only “cool,” but it’s quite common. Tamar Auber of J Space News has titled Israel “the Vegan capital of the world.”
While a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle requires much discipline, it is certainly not impossible. Try asking any native from the countries listed above. You’ll be running to Whole Foods in no time.