Having examined Vegetarianism as a blanket term in our previous article, we’ll now look at people who are strict Vegans–who do not use or consume any animal product or byproduct. Before that, here is a brief break down of the labels some people use:
Here are some select data that we could uncover about Vegans, apart from other Vegetarians. While there is some crossover, these numbers are only for strict Vegans.
Some statisticians are already projecting off these numbers, with one source claiming that 25% of the world will go meatless by 2025.
We like to peak behind the curtain, as it were, and look at some qualitative data that could indicate people’s attitudes toward their lifestyle choices. Luckily, some of these qualitative evaluations come with quantitative measurements.
This same survey had some interesting data about the act of going Vegan itself.
This survey also gives us data on the triggers for how people choose Veganism, as touched on with the challenge to try it.
As consumers choose Veganism, there is understandably a desire for accountability. After all, one can be reasonably sure that their salad is meatless, but how can someone be sure their lotions, soaps, and other products are free of animal products? In steps the Vegan Society, among other groups. These third-party organizations help consumers choose products made without any animal use.
According to the Vegan Society website:
The growth from increased Veganism goes beyond food. For instance, many consumers may want animal-free wearable products while they still choose to eat meat. The following data evince these discrepancies.
While this showcases how Vegan attitudes have pervaded more than just food markets, traditional meat producers and their conglomerates are still responding, as 80% of the top meat producers now also make Vegan foodstuffs. In fact, the Vegan milk substitute market alone could go over $21 Billion by next year.
While some people claim positive health benefits to Veganism, medical professionals do have some warnings. By excluding all animal products–even dairy and eggs–numerous vital nutrients could be missed.
Those issues aside, there are still positive benefits to going completely Vegan.
Some data on the Environment have been collated regarding Veganism, apart from what we covered on general Vegetarianism. Here are some quick hits.
Like with our information on Vegetarianism, we’re not trying to tell anyone how to live their lives. But as with all of our work at the Great Green Wall, we want to give you as accurate and fact-based information as we can. That way, you can make the decisions that are best for you, to be your best you.
I hope I’ve covered any curiosities you may have, but I’ve missed something, feel free to drop a comment. I’m always eager to hear from readers.