The popularity of choosing a plant-based diet over a meat-based one has led to a lot of debates and questions, one of which is, will it lead to a world that is finally meat-free?
Updated: 1 April 2019
So much has been said about veganism and vegetarianism, the number of people converting to this healthier and more sustainable lifestyle and the impact it will have on the world. So, are people considering it seriously?
Think of a world which no steaks, no roasts, and no kebabs. This is something which a lot of people cannot imagine, and a lot of people believe won’t happen, but with the trend towards vegetarianism today, young people today not only believe it is possible, they believe that it will happen by the year 2030.
Today more than 3.5 million Brits choose to forego meat and other things that contain animal by-products. A recent study conducted by YouGov for a technology company called ThoughtWorks, found that about one in every five adults with ages ranging from 18 to 24 years old, think that people will stop consuming meat by 2030. There were 2000 people surveyed and they mentioned that their purchasing practices are highly influenced by the environment. More than a quarter also mentioned that they are more likely to purchase food that has been sourced ethically.
Furthermore, 62% of the participants polled said that for their future purchases, they will choose products which are packaged with recyclable materials. However, there is still a group of people who mentioned that the price of the food sold will have paramount impact on their purchasing decisions in the next 12 years.
Today, there is a growing number of retailers and supermarket chains that put emphasis on changing their products and making them more environment-friendly. Sales of single-use plastic has decreased by almost 90% since the 5p charge was introduced. You might think that the increased focus on sustainability will lead retailers to start using products which are not hazardous to the environment. However, only a third of plastic food packaging used in the UK is actually recyclable.
More people are calling for the ban of low-grade plastics, specifically those that can only be used one time, in order to increase recycling.
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