The number of land animals killed for food in the UK is currently at an all-time high at approximately 1.1 billion (1). The growing demand for meat and animal products has changed the way we farm animals. We now rely heavily on factory farms. But these farms are breeding grounds for viruses and flu strains similar to those that caused the swine flu pandemic are being found as recently as June 2020(2).
We have a change to make a difference for our health, the planet and animals by reducing our meat consumption. The good news is it’s now easier than ever to introduce plant-based alternatives into your diet. From replacing cheese to whipping up a sweet treat we have some easy to follow recipes that can help the transition. And as the number of people in the UK living a vegan lifestyle continues to surge (in 2019, there were 600,000 vegans(3)) the high-street shops have responded too by stocking more products. So now whether wanting a burger for that BBQ or even marshmallows to roast around an open fire, plant-based alternatives are easy to find. The future is green and it’s easier than ever to introduce the alternatives into your diet.
So, what is stopping you? Whether joining in with World Plant Milk Day today (Saturday 22nd August), adopting #MeatFreeMonday or reducing your meat consumption across the whole week, your action to #LiveKinder can have a huge and lasting impact.