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Vegetarianism and veganism among young adults in selected European countries 2017

Share of young adults who are vegetarian or vegan in selected European countries in 2017

by Nils-Gerrit Wunsch, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Vegetarianism and veganism among young adults in selected European countries 2017 In 2017, Germany and France had the highest share of polled individuals aged between 16 and 24 years of age, who were vegetarian and vegan in Europe. Among respondents in all countries the share of vegetarians was higher than the share of vegans.

Environmental issues

Meat and dairy products provide approximately 18 percent of the world’s food calories and 37 percent of protein, while they simultaneously utilize 83 percent of farmland and contribute between 56 and 58 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions produced by the worldwide agricultural industry. Reducing consumption of meat and dairy products would therefore be an efficient method of reducing the environmental impact of the agricultural industry on the planet. In the UK, greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural industry amounted to approximately 45 million tons of CO2 in 2017. A year earlier, total emission in the EU were about 430 million metric tons.

European perspective

The meat-free market is gaining momentum in Germany where the sales of meat substitutes is expected to reach approximately 256 million US Dollars by 2020. At the same time meat consumption in Germany is expected to fall. Consumption was forecast to also sink in Italy and France. However, overall European consumption was expected to rise.
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Share of young adults who are vegetarian or vegan in selected European countries in 2017

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