Veganism is a practice which has seen rapid growth in recent years. The term refers to the abstinence from use of animal products, particularly in diet. Some however extend this philosophy beyond diet and refrain from using any products, for any purpose, which has an impact on animals. Vegan diets are generally higher in fibre, vitamins and phytochemicals and lower in saturated fat, cholesterol and long-chain omega-3 fatty acids.
The term ‘Vegan’ was established in 1944 when the ‘Vegan Society’ was founded in England, taking the first three and last two letters from the word ‘Vegetarian’. Initially it meant ‘non-dairy vegetarian’, however this soon translated into a philosophy which believed humans should live without exploiting animals. November 1st is ‘World Vegan Day’ which marks the founding of the Vegan Society.
A recent study1 by global data found that in the past 3 years alone, veganism in the US has increased by 600%. Similar research2 in the UK estimates the number of vegans in the UK has grown 700% in the past two years. As a result of this booming trend, many mainstream stores and supermarkets now stock vegan ranges, as well as independent shops orientated around the vegan lifestyle. You are also more likely to see vegan-oriented restaurants on your local high street.
The reasons people have turned to veganism are numerous. Firstly, a vegan, plant-based diet can bring many health benefits, due to the high levels of nutrients found in vegan ingredients. Secondly, many people refrain from animal products in order to reduce suffering imposed by humans on animals. Finally, eating a vegan diet is a huge step towards curbing the destruction of the environment. For example, between 2000 and 2005, beef production contributed to up to 70% of Amazon rainforest deforestation3.
At Advance Biotech, our ethos is to create a quality product with minimal impact on the environment. In fact, we do whatever we can to ensure that the natural environment surrounding our production is thriving as we believe this directly affects the result. Every step of the process is carried out using a method which ensures the final product is organic, vegan friendly and balanced with nature.
1.Top Trends in Prepared Foods 2017: Exploring trends in meat fish and seafood; pasta, noodles and rice; prepared meals; savoury deli food; soup; and meat substitutes, Report Buyer, June 2017
2. Compare the Market, Cars against humanity, 2018
3. RP team, The beef industry and deforestation, Rainforest partnership, August 2016