Get vegan Chefs and plant based cooking on the BBC!

Get vegan Chefs and plant based cooking on the BBC!

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The number of vegans and those choosing a plant based diet in Britain has skyrocketed by over 40% in 2020, being the diet that showed the most recruits. Approximately 1.5 million people now follow a plant-based diet and that number is growing exponentially.

Yet on BBC television shows we rarely see vegan chefs on cookery programmes or even just “regular chefs” cooking plant based recipes. It’s now more important than ever that vegan chefs and plant based cooking feature in existing shows or that we see a modern vegan chef with their own TV show (such as Gaz Oakley, Avant-Garde Vegan who had well over one million followers on YouTube).

If the BBC really wants to help the nation and our planet, it must do more to inform viewers how they can reduce their impact on the environment and one of the most effective and accessible ways to do this us through diet.

I just signed the petition “.@BBC: Get vegan Chefs and plant based cooking on the BBC!” and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name.

Our goal is to reach 5,000 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition here

 

Nigela Lawson

It definitely won’t be Nigella Lawson stepping up to embrace veganism. After all, she tried a vegan diet and only lasted for two weeks because she started to crave eggs.

Lawson, 61, said she doesn’t “see the point of veganism”. Human teeth, she said, are designed to eat meat after all.

She believes all food is now political, adding that if a lot of plant-based food required “intensive factory making”, she doesn’t see how that is better for you.

 

Clearly Lawson didn’t receive the “Why Go Vegan” Memo…

Going vegan is a great opportunity to learn more about nutrition and cooking, and improve your diet. Getting your nutrients from plant foods allows more room in your diet for health-promoting options like whole grains, fruit, nuts, seeds and vegetables, which are packed full of beneficial fibre, vitamins and minerals. The Vegan Society.

 

Eating meat, dairy, and eggs doesn’t just harm animals and the environment – it can also have a negative impact on our health. Eating processed meat increases our chances of developing cancer, and research suggests that consuming animals’ flesh, milk, and eggs could be as detrimental to our health as smoking. –Peta

 

Veganism In The UK – Stats At A Glance

(Source: The Vegan Society and Finder)

  • A record half a million Brits signed up to Veganuary in 2021
  • Deliveroo’s vegan orders spiked by 163% in 2020
  • 2 million British adults currently follow a meat-free diet
  • 13 million Brits will be meat-free by the end of the year
  • The number of vegans in the UK has increased by 445,428 people (40%) over the past 12 months.
  • Vegans and vegetarians look set to make up a quarter of the British population in 2025
  • If the 2 million people who intend to become vegan this year do so, the number of vegans will increase by 132%.
  • In 2020, The Grocer reported 62% of adults in the UK had purchased plant milk.
  • 10% of British children aged eight to 16 are vegan or vegetarian
  • The number of vegan residents in UK care homes has almost trebled in the five years to 2019
  • 19% of people check if their toiletries are tested on animals
  • Generation Z (aged 18 -23) are currently the most meat-free generation
  • 262,000 more men than women don’t consume meat (7.2 million vs 7 million)
  • Those who eat meat spend £645 extra a year on food, compared to those on a meat-free diet
  • 50% of Brits said they know someone who is vegan
  • Sainsbury’s sales of its vegan cheeses surpassed the company’s predictions by 300%.
  • The global vegan meat market is expected to be worth $8.3 billion by 2025

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