Germany and U.S. Lead Vegan Charge
Excitingly, a recent study indicates that healthier diets could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the food production system AND the healthcare system by reducing non-communicable diseases. As we’ve said before, plant-based diets are critical for reducing risk factors for lifestyle diseases. Sure enough, this research involved increasing fruit, vegetable, and whole grain intake, while reducing red meat, processed meat, and refined grains.
Switching from the research world to food technology startups, we see via CNN that Germany (18%) and the U.S. (17%) launched the most numbers of vegan food products in 2016. The pushback here is that most of these products are processed; with many Europeans calling for a more natural diet.
Because whole plant-based foods benefit the climate, animals, and human health, it’s no wonder this trend is taking off. Let us know where you are on the dietary spectrum, and why.