Vegan and Vegetarian Diet Trends in Canada - Statistics and Facts
Vegetarianism and veganism are the practices of maintaining a meat-free diet. While vegetarians typically choose to not eat meat, poultry, game, or fish, vegans also abstain from other animal and animal-derived products, including dairy, eggs, and honey. By-products of animal slaughters, such as gelatin or animal rennet, are also avoided. There are many different reasons to adopt a meat-free diet; while some opt for this diet for religious reasons, others turn to this practice for health reasons, with many considering the vegetarian diet to be a healthy option. Concerns over animal welfare, as well as the impact of animal agriculture and environmental matters, have also lead people to become vegetarians or vegans. Over the last few years, the increasing adoption of meat-free diets has raised awareness of the issues surrounding animal agriculture, thus encouraging many people to rethink their eating choices.
There are several types of vegetarian diets; lacto-ovo vegetarian, lacto-vegetarians, ovo-vegetarians, or vegans. In Canada, vegans represent an above average share of consumer diets among Canada's trailing Millennials, that is, individuals aged from 18 to 24. Along with other factors, the rise of veganism amongst Canadians is one of the reasons suggested by specialists for the decline of milk consumption in the country.
Globally, vegan-labeled food products have experienced steady growth over the past few years. Products labeled as vegan had a growth rate of approximately 3.3 percent in 2015. In comparison, this share stood at 1.4 percent in 2012. Specialists argue that the popularity rise of vegan products could be related to the fact that consumers are no longer only associating vegan products with animal welfare, but also with healthier and cleaner products.
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