On November 1st, vegetarians and vegans alike celebrated World Vegan Day. The day was established in 1994 by Louise Wallis, then President & Chair of The Vegan Society. Vegans across the world join together to celebrate animal rights and give away animal friendly vegan baking!
Now I know, the majority of us LOVE our bacon and other animal products, but you just can’t deny the increase of vegan and vegetarian restaurant and options on food establishments world wide.
While the number of vegetarians is growing every year (an estimated 20 million in 2006 and 7.5 million vegans in 2011), the number of non-vegetarians who often order vegetarian meals at restaurants is also growing dramatically. Consider these facts:
- 57% of all restaurant-goers “sometimes,” “often,” or “always” order a vegetarian item when dining out (Zogby International).
- The health and eco-conscious population contributed to the growth of a $1.2 billion market for vegan goods (primarily dairy, egg, cheese and meat substitutes), one that jumped 63.5% between 2000 and 2005 (New York Times, Jan. 11, 2007).
- 35% of adults aged 45 to 64 regularly consume vegetarian foods and milk alternatives, such as soy or rice milk (Mintel Consumer Intelligence Survey). Total retail sales of non-dairy milks reached $1.33 billion in 2011 (Market Research, Packaged Facts.)
Knowing these facts, have you changed your diet? Or do you offer vegetarian options from your kitchen? Why or why not? I left you with this hilarious SNL clip starring Justin Timberlake in Bring It on Down to Veganville!