10% of Britons will be meat-free eaters in next two years

Fruit and veg in supermarket trolley

New research from The Food People predicts that the number of vegetarians in Britain will increase from 5 per cent of the population to 10 per cent in the next two years and there will be a notable rise in “flexitarianism” – the trend of eating less meat and more vegetables without adopting full vegetarianism.

The company says that this movement towards ‘less-meat’ diets has been spurred by the health and environmental benefits of vegetarianism being more widely known and the fact that high profile chefs, including Grant Achatz and Rene Redzepi, are now embracing and celebrating vegetables and fruits.

Charles Banks, director of The Food People, says: “Twenty years ago vegetarianism was scoffed at, but of late there has been a seismic shift in attitudes towards celebrating vegetables and opting to eat less meat. We expect meat free eating and flexitarianism to soon be a mega trend.”

Good news for Meat Free Monday supporters: the UK can expect to see more vegetarian restaurants, more omnivorous restaurants providing creative and inspirational meat-free options as part of regular menus, more pre-prepared vegetarian convenience food in supermarkets as well as an overall greater acceptance of vegetarian diets and their associated benefits.

The research was commissioned by Linda McCartney Foods as part of a LOVE LINDA campaign which the brand and the McCartney family are launching to remember Linda’s life and the great influence she had in encouraging people to eat less meat. Watch MFM co-founder Mary McCartney in an ITV interview right here.

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