The Vegan Society Shows That The UK Is Ditching Meat In COVID-19 Lockdown

by | April 30, 2020

A survey conducted by The Vegan Society has shown that one in five people in the United Kingdom are eating less meat during the coronavirus lockdown.

3,682 adults in the UK were asked about how their eating habits have changed since the entire country was told to stay indoors.

In addition to choosing less meat, 15 percent of respondents claim to be eating less dairy products and eggs in lockdown.

“The Switch To Plant-Based Alternatives”

“After the unprecedented success of Veganuary…it’s no surprise that many consumers have made the switch to plant-based alternatives during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Matt Turner, a spokesperson for The Vegan Society, “whether that be for convenience, cost, or concern for their own wellbeing, the environment and the rights of animals.”

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Meat-free cooking is becoming a more popular choice in the UK (Ekaterina_Molchanova/Shutterstock.com)

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50 percent of study participants who are now choosing plant-based alternatives have said they will continue to do so once the stay-at-home order is lifted.

The Vegan Society highlighted that of those who have tried soy milk and almond milk for the first time in lockdown, 54 percent and 42 percent of people respectively will stick to this new choice.

“Many Brits are trying these alternatives for the first time and enjoying them so much that they intend on keeping them in their shopping basket when we return to normal times,” said Turner.

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One Response to “The Vegan Society Shows That The UK Is Ditching Meat In COVID-19 Lockdown”

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