The founder and director of Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Kathy Stevens, thinks America could be vegan by 2050.
Here’s the evidence:
1. Meat consumption is on the decline, while interest in vegan food is on the rise.
Americans consumed 12.2 percent less meat in 2012 than in 2007. More and more Americans are becoming “flexitarian,” adopting a vegetarian diet more than half of the time. In 2012, a poll found that 16 percent of Americans described themselves as flexitarian. That number is predicted to rise as the Meatless Monday movement has grown to 50 percent national awareness. In addition, Google Trends reported a 3-fold increase in vegan internet searches from 2005 to 2014. This data highlights the fact that vegans aren’t just in cities like L.A., New York and Portland anymore. Plant-based diets are spreading to small towns across the country, as knowledge and resources become more readily available.
2. Supermarkets are adding new vegan products.
Your local supermarket looks a lot different today than it did just a few years ago. Organic produce, gluten-free products and meat substitutes are just some of the recent healthy additions to supermarket shelves. In 2010 and 2011, 110 meat substitute products were added to stores.
3. Restaurants are becoming more responsive to vegans.
High-end vegan food was named the number one food trend by Forbes in 2013. Even more telling may be the changes that are taking place among the country’s fast-food chains. Burger King, Wendy’s, Subway and Dunkin’ Donuts are among those who have pledged to stop selling products that are derived from the meat industry’s most cruel practices. Other chains recognize that Americans’ palates are changing. Moe’s Southwest Grill offers organic tofu as an option in its tacos and burritos. Recently, Chipotle added “Sofritas” to their menus in 17 states.
4. The rich and powerful are throwing their money behind vegan start-ups.
Billionaires are lining up to invest in vegan companies. Microsoft founder Bill Gates has invested in Beyond Meat and Hampton Creek Foods. HCF also raised $23 million from from Asia’s richest man, Li Ka-sing, and Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang. If wealthy people know one thing, it’s how to make more money. They wouldn’t back these companies if they didn’t see huge growth potential.
Let’s work together to make America vegan by 2050!
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Source: Huffington Post