Why Vegetarianism Has Become Popular

19December 2021

I wonder if you realise why Vegetarianism has become popular in recent years. Have you been aware? 

Welcome to this article from our Vegetarian Food Focus: First Look Series.

As a lifestyle to aspire to, Vegetarianism has been on the increase in recent years. One reason is that people now realise how their food choices affect animals, the environment and ultimately, all of us.

Let’s begin by giving 10 Reasons Why Vegetarianism Has Become Popular.

    1. People care more about their Health
    2. People care more about the Environment
    3. People care about Animals
    4. People want to help end World Hunger
    5. People Want to Save Money
    6. People Want to Reduce Their Carbon Footprint
    7. People Know More About the Benefits of Vegetarianism
    8. People Don’t Like to Feel Guilty About What They Eat
    9. People Want to Live Longer
    10. People Are Curious About Meat Alternatives!

Read on for more details and find out, for example, how many litres of water it takes to produce 1Kg of beef.

10 Reasons Why Vegetarianism Has Become Popular

1) People Care More About Their Health

More and more studies prove that overeating red meat can harm your health. Scientists have found a link between high red meat diets (more than three times per week) and premature death because of heart disease or cancer.

Reducing one’s intake of red meat leads to many health benefits, including weight loss, increased energy levels, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and a reduced risk of diabetes.

2) People Care More Than Ever About the Environment

People have awoken to the possibility that their food choices, including meat consumption, impact the environment.

The livestock industry’s impact is one of the top reasons for global warming and increasing landfills.

It’s unsustainable for our future generations’ health, and these factory farms produce too much waste.

There are daily reports about water shortages, greenhouse gases, over-fishing in oceans, deforestation, and ocean dead zones caused by fertiliser runoff – all because of animal farming!

Sadly it’s profits now, before everything else, including people.

3) People Care About Animals

More people have become aware that eating meat supports extreme animal cruelty on factory farms every day. Chickens get packed into cages so tightly they cannot even move.

Cows spend their entire lives standing on concrete floors. Pigs get castrated, de-beaked, and dragged by the ears before they can even walk.

In our current food system, animals do not choose to get mistreated, and people don’t care enough to pay more for better treatment.

4) People Want To Help End World Hunger

The livestock industry uses too much of the earth’s fresh water supply than humans or agriculture. Livestock farming accounts for 18% of global human water use.

It takes over 1000 litres of water to produce 1 kilo of beef! With almost a billion people going hungry each day, we should look closely at how our choices with food impact the rest of the world.

5) People Want To Save Money

Meat is expensive! Many people realise they can eat more filling and inexpensive meals with meat substitutes such as beans, lentils, rice, and pasta.

Vegetables like potatoes, corn, and carrots are also excellent sources of protein – it’s all about choosing plant-based protein over animal proteins.

6) People Want To Reduce Their Carbon Footprint

The livestock industry is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions – more than all the cars, planes, and other forms of transportation worldwide combined.

By eating less or no red meat, people contribute to helping the planet by reducing methane emissions that are harmful to the environment.

7) People Know More About the Benefits of Vegetarianism

There are so many tasty recipes available, easy substitutes for meat in food products, cookbooks & blogs devoted to vegetarian cuisine – it’s fun!

Many people have also become aware of vegan alternatives that do not contain animal by-products.

Vegans generally endorse only cruelty-free clothing and household goods. Many counter-culture restaurants offer completely vegan meals, including desserts!

There are even magazines, books & television shows dedicated to vegetarian cooking.

And don’t forget YouTube – there are countless instructional videos for making delicious veggie dishes!

8) People Don’t Like Feeling Guilty About What They Eat

It’s not easy continuing to eat meat, knowing the horrible abuses some animals get forced to endure. Those who choose not to become vegetarians might feel depressed or helpless when they think about the consequences of their actions.

9) People Want to Live Longer

Heart disease, strokes, and obesity are leading causes of death worldwide. By ditching meat from the diet, people reduce their risk of developing these diseases.

Vegetarians typically have a lower BMI than non-vegetarians because they eat more fruit & vegetables and less food overall – it’s that simple!

10) People Are Curious About Meat Alternatives!

More people are trying out Vegetarianism because people are naturally curious about it. It’s easy to be vegetarian – there are more great-tasting non-meat foods available now than ever before.

And most importantly, people who choose to become vegetarians know they are doing something good for themselves, the planet, and all life on earth!

Conclusion: Why Vegetarianism Has Become Popular

Vegetarianism has numerous benefits for our health, the environment, and society. People are finding more reasons every day as vegetarian restaurants pop up worldwide as people become more aware of their food choices’ impact on their lives and those around them.

There are many potential reasons for the rise in Vegetarianism, but it is clear that there has been an increase.

As environmental issues like climate change threaten our planet, people will always seek ways of eating that cause no harm or consume too many natural resources. 

If you have any comments, please leave them below.

Don McDonald

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