America could be vegan by 2050
by Lindsey Little
Categories: Healthy Living, Lifestyle.

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

About Lindsey Little

Lindsey Little is a holistic health coach currently residing in Baltimore, MD. She specializes in vegan and gluten-free living. When she's not in the kitchen creating delicious new recipes, Lindsey can be found doing yoga or curled up with a good book. Visit her at www.havelessbemore.com to learn more.

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  • Kathy Stevens

    Michael!!! and Lindsey–THANKS!! for continuing this conversation. It was after reading the study posted by Gary Francione which found that when 10% of us feel in our bones that a social ill must change, then change HAPPENS–and after considering the massive social changes of the last 150 years–that I said to myself “We vegans need a goal.” And based on how rapidly our attitudes and policies in other social arenas have changed, 2050 sounded reasonable to me!! Plus…I’ll be here for the party!!!! Vegan by 2050. Let’s say it. Let’s believe it. Let’s make it happen!!

    • Sparafucile

      So it’s not about health, after all? It’s about omnivorism being a “social ill”, as you put it?

      It seems your interest is about CONTROL. And that makes you a bad person. In fact, the worst kind of person.

  • Sparafucile

    “Organic produce, gluten-free products and meat substitutes are just some of the recent healthy additions to supermarket shelves.”

    What makes “gluten free” a “healthy addition”, exactly? Gluten allergies, and lactose intolerance are individual medical conditions, just like an allergy to tree nuts or peanuts. Would you describe a “nut-free” supermarket as having changed for the healthier?

  • Red

    Make mine medium rare.

  • Rick Guardino

    I don’t think the human race will be around in 2050, have you seen how the polar ice caps melting at a faster rate than expected. You’ll be lucky to snack on a lizard.

  • Pentoth

    It seems that these trends like veganism are increasing as people are becoming less educated. Kind of interesting if you ask me.