How has Coronavirus Impacted the Vegan Food Industry?

Coronavirus (COV-19) is the worst pandemic that I’ve seen in my 31 years and probably will ever see in my lifetime, but is there any good that can come out of it? Well, yes there is as many of my fellow vegans will agree!

Where did Coronavirus Come from?

There are tonnes of conspiracy theories that are now circulating, however in majority of the public mind the origin story of Coronavirus seems well fixed. The story is that the Huanan seafood market in Wuhan was infected with a virus from an animal that has caused this wide spread pandemic. Much like swine flu, bird flu, and SARS (which was also caused by a coronavirus linked to a Chinese wet market), COVID-19 spread from animals to humans, starting with those who worked in or visited the market. It is suspected that they contracted the virus by eating or touching an animal who was infected.

So Who Has been Impacted?

One in five Brits, which is more than 13 million have cut down on meat consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is according to a survey conducted by The Vegan Society. Is this purely from fear of catching a disease from meat? Well partially.. Due to the panic buying in the UK, 41% of those have reduced their meat or dairy consumption because of their preferred product not being available. 43% chose to reduce their meat consumption out of concern for the environment, health or animal rights reasons.

As well as meat alternatives on the rise, 15 percent of respondents said they have reduced their dairy intake during lockdown. Almost more than half of respondents that made this switch will continue to purchase soy & almond milk. In regards to meat alternatives such as one of my personal favourites the beyond burger, approximately 50% will continue to purchase these products after lockdown.

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The Number of Vegans Are on The Rise!

Ever since Game changers went viral at the back end of 2019, Veganuary in 2020 showed the highest number of people trying out the vegan diet. That’s not to say it was the only reason that people turned to a vegan diet, however watching that documentary was the trigger for many like myself. On top of that, we are now living through the COVID-19 pandemic. There are a number of reasons why people are buying vegan products. Some are convenience, cost, whereas others have concern for their own well being, the environment and animal rights.

Until people start trying vegan products, there’s always a misconception that vegan food is ‘boring’ and ‘doesn’t taste great.’ Now, people in the UK are trying these products and actually enjoying them. It has opened up their eyes to the vegan world. I personally feel like vegans are the only happy people when their favourite supermarket product is out of stock. It’s a sign that veganism is on the rise! Power to the Vegans!!! OK I sound like I’m part of some strange cult right now.. So I’m going to mellow my tone a little..

The more people that convert to a vegan diet, the more companies will need to provide new vegan products. Also, let’s not forget how much turning vegan helps the animals, environment as well as our health. As horrific as this pandemic is, it’s important to look at the positive aspects too.

Is It a Phase?

There’s always that concern that people will go back to their old ways of meat eating after COVID-19. Let me know if you think it’s a phase or will we get some true converts from this COVID-19 pandemic?

If you are someone that is looking to change to a vegan diet, here’s a step by step transition guide for you.

Ami x

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