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December 02, 2019 - The Vegan Authority

UK: Over quarter of British youth looking to ditch meat: Poll

UK: Over quarter of British youth looking to ditch meat: Poll
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Young people aged 18 are ditching meat 'in record numbers', according to new data.

The Eating Better Alliance commissioned YouGov to carry out a survey to find out if eating habits were changing amongst teenagers in response to growing concerns around meat and climate change.

According to the result, many teenagers do want to eliminate or eat less meat. 25 percent, in fact, of 18-year-olds say they are vegetarian or vegan. This age group has a greater 'freedom to choose how they eat' compared to their younger counterparts where just six percent of 11-year olds are veggie or vegan.

More than three quarters of 18-year-olds considering the environment and climate change to be one of their top issues, compared to 66 percent of 11-year-olds.

Anna Kernahan, a 17 year old climate activist from Belfast stated that: "Taking action on improving the sustainability of our diets is a crucial element in solving the climate crisis and it's one of the easiest to implement as it starts at home. It is that young people want to change their eating habits to be more environmentally friendly and we need to facilitate this. Reducing meat consumption not only helps tackle the biodiversity crisis, it also positively affects areas such as healthcare."

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