Supermarket aisles today are packed with more great-tasting meat- and dairy-free products than ever before. With seven in 10 Brits now choosing to reduce the amount of meat and dairy they eat, we could be at the start of a societal shift in our eating habits.
This rapid change has been driven by a growing awareness of the impact our diet has both on our health and the health of the planet. Today, more than 8.5 million people are putting plant-based alternatives in their baskets.
Since the start of lockdown last year, Tesco has seen a 17 percent increase in sales of own-brand and branded plant-based alternatives to meat. This shift to plant-based foods is happening right across the country, with the north of England, central Scotland and Northern Ireland seeing the largest increases in sales in the past year. London is home to the most flexitarian foodies, with more than 13 percent of shoppers buying plant-based products.
Increasing the amount of plant-based food we eat and reducing our reliance on meat is good for our health, with many consumers looking for ways to increase their consumption of fruit and vegetables.
It’s also a good thing for the environment. Meat and dairy production accounts for 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, and the UN’s IPCC report says eating more plant-based foods will significantly help towards tackling climate change.
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