Nearly three-quarters of meat eaters believe veganism is ethical (but many also find it inconvenient and not enjoyable)

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23rd January 2020 12:42 - Food

Nearly three-quarters of meat eaters believe veganism is ethical: New research has revealed some insight into the views of meat-eating UK adults and their attitudes towards vegan and vegetarian diets.

The study by Christopher Bryant at the University of Bath titled We Can’t Keep Meating Like This: Attitudes towards Vegetarian and Vegan Diets in the United Kingdom polled 1,000 men and women. It concluded that while people are not opposed to the idea of veganism (73% said they believe it to be ethical and 70% said it was positive for the environment), there are barriers which stand in the way of adopting it as a lifestyle. More than eight in ten respondents (83%) said adopting a vegan diet was not easy, while over three quarters (77%) said it was inconvenient. Six out of ten people (60%) said that taking up a vegan diet was not enjoyable. 

Another poll relating to veganism was also conducted for vegan chewing gum, brand, Chewsy and published to coincide with Veganuary. Respondents gave their top reasons for participating in the month-long lifestyle challenge or trialling veganism at some other point, with the top given to 'help save the planet', selected by more than half of the respondents polled (53%). 

'Helping to save animals' was selected by 50% of participants followed by 'bettering my diet', a key reason for a third of those polled (32%). 

Other reasons included 'to challenge myself' (29%) and to lose weight (12%), as well as 6% being influenced by family and friends who have also taken part. 

The Chewsy survey also found that the number one thing that those trying to embrace a vegan lifestyle struggled to give up were eggs.  

 

Sources:

Bryant, C.J. We Can’t Keep Meating Like This: Attitudes towards Vegetarian and Vegan Diets in the United Kingdom. Sustainability 2019, 11, 6844.



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