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Making The Connection – Vegan Society

There’s often this idea that vegan food will naturally be something where you’re denying yourself the the pleasures of food on a sensual level and so it’s always been really interesting to me to be able to show people to how wrong that is and that we can do things with texture and flavor and senses that set the pleasures of eating food we still get all that was vegan through the church there’s a huge variety of food that you can eat if you’re standing from animal products in fact you’d be amazed at what kind of things you can find even just in your local environment that tastes amazing that’s or anything to do with animal agriculture you can find the examples of all kinds of different cuisines from around the world that you can pull inspiration from where this vegan food that is just a natural part of everyday life they use a lot of different vegetables and tofu and different kinds of soy products tempeh fermented things miso kind of surprising curries it’s getting easier all the time to be able to go out and enjoy vegan food in a restaurant setting this place is opening up all the time and even in places that aren’t fully vegan or vegetarian they’re more and more catering to people with that diet as it’s becoming more and more popular and taking off seth is a very busy restaurant we can often easily do two hundred people in a day and it was voted by timeout as one of the top 50 restaurants in the city in 2009 so for a vegan restaurant to be in that category it’s pretty impressive and so our clientele them the people who come here come from a variety of different backgrounds there’s obviously a large sort of vegan and vegetarian contingent but you get people who have no knowledge of those types of diets who are just curious and want to come and experience what the foods that I can check it out I don’t consider it more difficult in terms of creating really good food on the plate it’s fundamentally not different in that sense from meat based but you do find other costs in a vegan restaurant the chef’s themselves are often much more engaged and passionate with what they’re doing because the way in which they got to that place involved their own personal beliefs and philosophies more so than their traditional kitchen Fatih came here from Munich just before I arrived here as a head chef obviously you know he’s got a lot of things to take care of but he is open to discussing what’s being done and how could we make it better I start working stuff about four years ago and after that I decided to be vegan and I give up everything in one night and I feel the difference between all days and now so I’m much more healthy and I don’t need to go back to eat this kind of animal products and so actually soft changed my lifestyle people love our foods and they always keep asking too often the second one we have lots of vegan and organic wine so if you have good baked tofu you can get nice red wine normally if you’re making is that you have to use some chicken stock feel stock or beef store whatever but I just use some mushroom stock or they start I think it’s the most popular dish in restaurant now what some Italian people is coming back after that experience they say sweet risotto delicious is of them so I’m happy with that working in a vegan restaurant as a chef at the level we’re trying to work out is really exciting because it’s the sense that we’re trying to push the boundaries and do things that haven’t been done before and sort of be at a level that’s respected as just restaurant and just food and then people come here and just enjoy an amazing meal and then on top of which it’s entirely plant-based and we get we get a lot of good feedback and a lot of people are excited about the meals that they have and so it’s sort of rewarding to be able to have that impact and the addition of people what’s possible I have a very very active lifestyle and a retained firefighter I’m on call 24 hours a day seven days a week I always have to be armed and ready to go at all times as well as my training and I can honestly say that I never feel inadequate locator for on a on a vegan diet I started running predominantly to raise funds for animal charities and I started to win races and I decided that the ultimate goal would be to run a marathon I enter the first marathon in 2000 and I won it and from there I just decided that this was a way forward to help more animals and to promote vegan diet training for a marathon is not just about going out and running endless miles it’s about doing speed work it’s about doing a lot of endurance work and coupling the tool together so you’ve got to be fast but you’ve got to be fast over a long distance so I personally and everybody’s different trained between about 80 and 100 miles a week I have complete 100% faith that my diet will give me everything that my body needs to perform well I certainly don’t look at meaty doesn’t think I can perform any better if I ate meat from 22 marathons and I always produce a good run no matter what when I’m going to race people you know are quite surprised that I can do what I do on a vegan diet and they say why are you vegan and I would face them well why on you because after all I’ve just beaten you so perhaps if you try my diet you might be up there winning races too on one particular occasion the person who presented me reward was the Lady Mayoress and she actually said that her daughter had been wanting to go vegetarians for quite a few months when my mum was able to tell her that I’d been vegetarian since tiny and vegan since a teenager she would really open joy that was rolling on there that you could use that’s a bigger achievement for me because that’s somebody growing up and then she’s the future and veganism is the future peace good work guys good sleep more sunshine like brain I’ve been working for the NHS for over 15 years now and it’s wonderful because when I get patients sends me who are overweight or got heart disease or high blood pressure I can talk to him about all the plant-based food technique that make them a lot healthier by cutting out the saturated fat and high salt foods in their diet recommendations now by the Department of Health is to go towards a more plant-based diet with the encouragement to have five portions of fruits and vegetables a day in my opinions omnivores can be lacking in lots of vitamins and minerals and nutrition generally if you look at the obesity look at all the fast foods they’re the kind of foods that vegan just wouldn’t entertain eating at all and certainly studies have shown that vegans are less at risk of heart disease type 2 diabetes and things like hypertension so certainly a vegan diet encompasses all those health benefits as well and I feel really fit and healthy I love my food and I do love having treats and a benefits from a vegan diet is that it’s low in saturated fat so you can have all these treats and you know you’re still going to be looking after your heart people often are concerned about calcium which you can get from fortified foods and vitamin b12 which you can get through things like fortified non-dairy milk some soya products also from some yeast extracts whether you’re vegan or a meat-eater you still need to make sure you have adequate quantities of vitamin D the main source comes from sunshine from the sunlight on your skin so get adequate sunshine or have fortified foods containing vitamin D and we get quite a few queries about parents or pregnant women who are concerned about getting the right nutrition for their children and for their unborn child and certainly we can assure them that they get all the nutrition they need through a planned vegan diet and I’ve written a book for the vegan society about vegan infants it starts from conception through to infancy and hopefully prepares to reassure then get all the nutrition they need for themselves and for their children I’ve been vegan for six years and then I became pregnant friends asked me are you going to stay vegan surely not sort of thing and I didn’t have any pressure from doctors or midwives everyone seemed very happy for me to stay vegan wasn’t a problem at all I’ve read a lot about being pregnant and I knew everything that was supposed to be seeing and so there’s absolutely fine I was very active and fit during my pregnancy pregnancy was great I quite enjoyed it and she was nine pound three when she was born so she was a pretty big baby without any dairy or meat you know I managed to produce a very beautiful healthy baby and everything’s been great I’ve felt very healthy and strong since I’ve had to breastfeeding hasn’t been easy it’s made me respect I’ve got animals milk even more and make me feel strongly that I don’t want to ingest any other milk because their milk is meant for their babies just as my milk is meant for my baby and it just seems completely wrong that adults of other species should be drinking milk that’s not for them I’ve been very lucky I think she’s a very happy baby she’s not had colic or any digestive problems and some people have told me anecdotally they think that’s because of my diet that I’m not eating anything which upsets her digestive system so I would really advocate staying vegan and being confident about being vegan because I do believe it’s the best thing for your baby as well as for you I’m here now with Labour MP Carrie McCarthy and this morning we’re going to be talking about global food security the environmental concerns surrounding food production well I think people just need to be very much aware of the impact of the Western diet on the environment as well I mean some people will become vegans because of health reasons some cos concerns about animal welfare but I think increasingly people are beginning to look at the impact of industrialized farming and the fact that we just cannot sustain a western-style diet the world’s population is predicted to grow from 6.7 billion at the moment to 9 billion by 2050 and even if we don’t have those levels of population growth even if we stick to current levels it’s estimated that if everyone adopted a western-style diet we’d need three planets the size of Earth in order to sustain ourselves a vegan diet is very sustainable because on average it requires a third of the water and a third of the land to produce a vegan based diet than it would to produce an animal-based diet and that’s because farmed animals eat much more protein than they produce most of the protein that they consume is used to actually to live to keep themselves warm to repair injuries rather than to actually what you could describe as grow milk eggs or means more water land is therefore needed to produce cattle feed for example which leads to deforestation scarcity of water supplies soil erosion and the pesticides have a damaging effect on the environment as well so we need to explore ways that are less harmful and wasteful and have less impact on our environment our natural resources some people ask me well what would happen to farmers livelihoods if we all moved to plant-based diet along with animal-based but obviously if people did do that they would still be consuming crops that are actually grown by farmers they’d be enrolled for farmers to play to move towards a more sustainable way of farming I live in the countryside and I see how much of the land his potential is just not being used I mean in Hampshire a lot of the land is devoted to stables for horses so we could actually change the lounge’s to benefit the wildlife the planet the animals and us a lot of people ask me would the landscape look monotonous without livestock I mean I could say that we’ve actually created an artificial landscape which was more diverse before with trees and wildlife and we would actually encourage the diversity of crops we would be seeing orchards of nuts and fruit we would encourage a lot of understory shrubs layers of soft fruit of great diversity of vegetables and cereal crops it would actually be a much better mixture of of crops instead of huge monocultures of acres and acres because of the diversity you would get more habitat for the Wildlife actually encourage the wildlife which is under a great great pressure with the current conventional farming the bees here are very important they actually operate at much lower temperatures and honeybees that come out earlier and they and they feed later so you’re getting good pollination I know also here there are three species of parasitic wasp which means that you have a reduction in caterpillar numbers which cause a great deal of damage to cabbages and broccoli and kale and hardly any any damage is seen here the hedgerows are kept very very thick they’re not cut every year so they’re richer for wildlife and they’re also connecting annuals between the hedgerows across the fields which act as beetle banks and wildlife corridors what these methods do is they actually benefit the biodiversity you have more predators which keep a balance you don’t have the pests and disease problems could we manage on a plant-based diet in the UK a lot of work being done with agroforestry is showing that we could have a lot of the crops growing here that we’re actually importing at the moment and a lot of things could still be grown outside we wouldn’t have to have heated greenhouses and even just with the polytunnel like we’re seeing here it’s surprising what you can achieve we have now several stock free commercial stock free farms like this one we know that these methods work stop free organic farming the system of food production which excludes any animal by-products or any depends on and the more inputs at all it’s not just about growing crops it’s also about the way we interact with what goes on you know we’ve been nature around us we’ve been doing it now for fifteen or sixteen years it’s working very well people very happy with it I mean it’s nice to have people back on the land working land and everyone’s more than happy to be doing it we’ve developed the system of fertility building which relies very much on green earth so we’re using plants to produce nutrients which to fix from the air to improve biodiversity and not relying on importing somebody else’s land to support our fertility which is what most conventional and organic production is depend on so we’ve kind of signed this system which is more or less independent of exterior forces and because we’re building carbon in the soil is particularly important I mean a very small increase in organic content in the soil has a huge effect in terms of carbon entrapment in fact this is when the biggest carbon sinks possible soil so it’s not only good for animals it’s also very good for carbon capture which is obviously good for climate change so we’re building a game and telling the only way to build or guarantee long-term is food plants you can’t do it through manure curly I mean your dissipates into the environment very quickly it gets broken down whereas plants they leave roots in the ground which gradually decay and become carbon thin here is actually four different types of green manure for different plans for doing slightly different things but all building for charity and the the outcome of this is a saw which is very friable good good population of worms easily worked doesn’t take as much energy to work so when it’s in good condition yes and very good for plant roots so this this forms the basis for tt for future crop eat your coffee yeah you’ve got a whole range of crops 70 different types of vegetables over 300 sevens a year almost once selling every day on average so it’s making the best possible use of land to feed people which is really what funny should be doing and I do very much hope that there will be a move a transition from the conventional type I quote you have now to a stop through agriculture in the future stock free farming I could support people in developing countries as well as here and the same techniques would be beneficial we would actually not use the fast amounts of water land food to support the livestock we would actually create more tree habitats making a difference with climate change it’s been interesting looking at the way the environmental debate has developed I mean initially people thought carbon emissions that’s about the energy we use in our homes or it’s about the amount we drive or the amount we fly but increasingly people have realized that the food and the environment are so closely interconnected and there’s been a growing amount of research which is saying actually the way we eat and what we eat and what we throw away is having a significant impact on the environment every step of the journey from the field to your plate is creating carbon it could be anywhere higher so that 818 percent of greenhouse gas emissions it’s caused by the meeting and dairy products we compare that say with the aviation sector which is only 2 percent so you know there’s a tenfold difference between the aviation sector and the food sector we only have one planet and it’s a defined size there’s only a certain amount of arable land and a lot of that’s being increasingly degraded through animal agriculture least in Australia certainly harder proved animals and other parts of the world degrading the quality of the land and we need to be very careful with the way we farm in order to make sure that that lands is there to sustain us for future generations cattle in many countries in world outnumber the people the cattle themselves produce a lot of waste they require a lot of land methane is produced from them which is a huge contributor to global warming one of the most significant and for every kilo of meat an increasing proportion of dung that goes onto the land in the u.s. it’s the FAO report that says that’s one of the primary causes of water table pollution in the Amazon the vast majority of deforestation is being used for cattle farming and much of the remaining is for soya protein which is used as cattle food so without without this relentless strive to produce more meat which is a you know a high profit product we would have more Amazon which has been called the lungs of the world in addition to its contribution to climate change you have to look at species loss you have to look at the native people who live there and so on the number of birds the number of animals that live in a given area forest or essentially wiped out by it being converted to forms of agriculture it’s like someone going into the Louvre in France and just smashing it up I mean it it’s – and and and it’s just so unnecessary and we’re destroying something that that can’t be replaced there are a host of things we could do that will have a really significant effect on climate changes to society things that we’re looking at the things like transport our energy supply and and then you have the way we use animals given that global livestock production is causing more greenhouse gas emissions and all forms of transport put together I think we’re confronted with a question do we totally reengineer our energy and transport systems or do we just give up eating what I think are often unhealthy and cool products there’s also the case of fish stocks most of the major ways in which fish are caught are fairly unsustainable we have things like drift net fishing which is completely indiscriminate and it catches every sort of fish in the ocean then you have trawling which trough the oceans for reducing plant biodiversity destroying reefs people often say that fish farming is a sustainable option but actually an even greater number of fish are required to be caught from the wild in order to feed those fish I have a number of friends who who say well what if we raised animals in a more ethical manner The Omnivore’s Dilemma is a very famous book where that’s his conclusion is that he can move to the country and raise his own chickens anything his own animals it’s a lovely concept if you like the taste of meat but it’s just not going to sustain six billion people and growing which is the world’s current population I’ve always been a vegetarian my whole life and so I’ve always respected animals to an extent my boyfriend challenged me to become a vegan because he’s done the vegan challenge for a month and I was inspired so I I went into it with full enthusiasm and I got all the benefits I felt good about myself I got lots of vitality I lost weight as well and I’m proud of myself and I’m more than anything proud of the fact that no animal is harmed by what I eat and that’s what I think veganism is about living in harmony with everybody our thinking about non-human animals is very confused and people that have chosen to lead a cruelty-free plant-based lifestyle are baffled as to why other people have not made a connection many of us lived companion animals such as dogs cats and rabbits we share our homes with them considered a members of the family and we grieve when they die yet we kill and eat other animals but if you really think about it are no different from the ones we love this is known as speciesism a prejudice against members of different species most people don’t question their habit of eating animals as they’ve been brought up to believe it’s normal behavior but causing suffering should never be considered normal according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization humans kill approximately 56 billion animals of food each year and this doesn’t include fish this quantity can only be achieved by factory farming animals which can lead to diseases such as bird flu swine flu BSE and mr s antibiotic resistant microbes are the result of the overuse of antibiotics over half the antibiotics in the UK are given to farmed animals not humans and farmed animal diseases can spread to units behind windowless walls is easy to turn a blind eye to the horrific reality of factory farms and slaughterhouses you may think this footage is old that things are not like this anymore wrong this is exactly what is like and what happens to the farmed animals who live outside is not too dissimilar free-range chickens will usually be slaughtered for meat at eight weeks and organic at around twelve weeks people see cattle and sheep grazing in fields and think they’re okay but they’ll also be sent to slaughter like all animals bred for food factory farmed and free-range animals are treated as commodities and their individual needs or preferences are not respected and it’s not just to produce meat every year millions of farmed calves and chicks die in order to produce milk and eggs male chicks don’t produce eggs and are not profitable for meat production so are killed the day they are born and laying hens when their egg production starts to fall are also killed long before their normal life expectancy it’s no fun for cows either in order to produce milk the dairy cow must give birth to a car as soon as the calf is born they form a strong bond with their mother yet within a few days they are usually separated causing extreme distress male calves do not produce milk and are usually shot at birth or sent for veal production and the female calves are added to the milk production line like their mothers three months after the loss of her calf while still producing milk she is usually made pregnant again she’s put through this exhausting procedure three or four times until she too is deemed redundant and killed more than 20% of dairy cows sent to slaughter have been found to be pregnant and the skin from these unborn cars is used to make soft suede many people assume that leather is an incidental element of the railing of animals for me it’s not it’s used to produce shoes jackets wallet gloves and furniture and so purchasing leather goods helps make the railing and killing of animals a profitable concern just as we have tried to end racism sexism and ageism we can also try to end speciesism enjoying a plant-based diet and vegan lifestyle is the ultimate protest against animal exploitation it’s taking action every day to reduce animal suffering and death by decreasing the demand for all I don’t like watching their animal cruelty City to it by us watching it together we can make a difference we can empower ourselves by being educated what is going on and then change it with the mounting evidence compassion our health the environment water pollution supporting developing countries food security rising population sustainability the rainforest when people ask why are you vegan perhaps the question should be why on dude please make the connection I like being able to abstain from the negative aspects of food culture and be able to celebrate the positive month becoming Regan’s not mean Duff changing of diets caring about animals global warming also you’re changing the lifestyle I feel wonderful being vegan the best thing I’ve ever done if we want to have a lower carbon diet we should be eating a more vegan food I think there’s misconceptions about being a vegan which stops people exploring investigating it seeing it as a possibility in my opinion the real reason people eat meat and dairy because they like the taste of it when you look at the evidence is that really working the case for the organism is so strong on a number of fronts from the animal welfare point of view from the health point of view and from the environmental point of view that I would never go back food when I was pregnant was very easy they tell you not to eat all the things that already worked in my diet it was brilliant people say to me oh you have any trouble you know cutting up cream cheese and is like no good I need only way I feel a change has to come very quickly time in a way isn’t on our side but we know we have the solutions in place we know to stop drink at work so what our people are concerned about developing countries the environment the health or our fellow creatures becoming vegan is an active positive and compassionate choice yeah maybe I feel private flashing like a brighter future for the future I hope that more people respect to each other care for the planet a little bit more and respect animals a lot more and just try a cruelty-free diet stop

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How Many Vegans Are There Really?

Hey it’s Mike here and today we’re gonna take a look around the world it’s something I’ve been interested in investigating for a while and that is how many vegans are there really we’re gonna try our best to get a level-headed estimate of the vegan population of various countries and globally some of those countries are gonna be easier than others and some have definitely been exaggerated without a doubt the numbers are growing and that’s the most important point but what do we really know okay first off surveys are not perfect no matter what we’re gonna be taking a sample of a population and extrapolating that to the whole population we don’t have nanorobots counting every single person who’s vegan moment by moment not yet at least and there are many other limitations like the sample size itself and what question were they actually asking but for now let’s take our first stop around the world and because plant-based news is based in the UK let’s stop in the UK plant-based news itself did report on that massive 2-year rise in veganism that you probably heard about and so we’re gonna examine that a little bit closer right now this was referencing the newer compare the market.com survey on environmental habits called cars against humanity to a slightly older vegan society survey which had a completely different sample and was not asking the same people the first survey by the vegan society asked 10,000 people in 2016 and got a result of five hundred and forty thousand vegans compare the market asked two thousand people in 2018 and got three and a half million people or over five percent of the population which is massive I’m gonna have to rain on the parade just a little bit for a second Dominika pious eka the PR person at the vegan Society said they quote would be delighted if this increase was the case but realistically we have no reason to think numbers have increased to that extent she mentions that it was not a survey intended to determine the population of vegans instead it was just one to investigate environmentally-friendly habits in particular she says quote there were no cross-check questions asked to confirm the self declared vegan statement and it was easy to misunderstand the question as asking about environmentally habits rather than lifestyle choices you know they didn’t ask things like do you eat eggs which if they say yes obviously they’re not vegan there are many things that can go wrong with a survey like this perhaps there dentally selecting for more forward-thinking urban populations that are more likely to be vegan or maybe people wanted to appear vegan when they actually weren’t hashtag stolen vegan valor so it’s likely that they either got an accurate number from a inaccurate sample or they just got inaccurate answers either way something’s fishy no offence fishes all this being said I do think that the vegan society’s number of 540,000 is out of a date just a couple of V January’s would be pushing it closer to 70,000 based off their reported numbers looking to Google Trends for the search term vegan in the UK we can see that it has grown two and a half fold since the vegan society survey so if the interest on the internet mirrors the vegan population then between 2016 and 2018 we probably went from five hundred forty thousand UK vegans to something more like 1.3 million UK vegans which is still great not three and a half million but still great alright now we’re gonna look at my home country which despite what many people think is not Canada it’s the USA and again we have a bit of a discrepancy between the surveys Gallup did a poll in 2012 they randomly called up about a thousand people and found that two percent of people were vegan then a couple years later in 2014 fauna lytx did a survey of 11,000 people there’s more than ten times as many people much more rigorous but they found that only 0.5% of the u.s. population was vegan and the number of vegans definitely did not go down so either Gallup was a little exaggerated in their figure or vana lytx was wrong chances are fauna lytx was right because it was just such a large survey now let’s move on to a newer one you probably heard about a massive surge in vegans in the u.s. that mirrors that of the UK well from research and markets in 2017 their food trends report said quote 6% of US consumers now claim to be vegan up from just 1% in 2014 that would be a lot of vegans that would be 20 million vegans the problem is they were not transparent in their methodology or their sample size heck it cost thirty five hundred dollars just to look in it so it’s kind of like looking at a black box here we don’t know where they got that 1% figure in 2014 either it could be super rigorous we just don’t know looking at the Google Trends in time period from 2014 to 2017 we do not see anything that would reflect a six-fold increase however we do see a pretty impressive two and a half fold increase so fauna Linux was accurate in 2014 that puts us at about 4 million vegans in the US are one point two five percent of the population which i think is a fair estimate for much of the Western english-speaking world yeah one point two five percent might sound a little low but remember we’re talking about all of rural America we’re talking about the entire South yeah we might have some liberal cities with 10% of the population being vegan in certain areas but rural Mississippi might have like point zero zero one percent in the end we’re looking at a range whether it is fauna lytx with their one point six million or my estimate of four million or gallops two percent which puts us about six and a half million either way it’s growing and that’s what’s important all right let’s move on to the next country which is Australia I know many of you are Australian the sad part is we don’t have any hard data any good surveys from there the closest we have is a reported rise in vegetarians and low meat eaters from 9% in 2012 to 11% in 2016 but that doesn’t really tell us that much about vegans however back to Google Trends in Australia we do see a five-fold increase in vegan searches from 2012 until now which is huge and if we take that 1.25% figure that I came up with earlier we’re looking at about 300,000 Australian vegans down on death all right now before we move on to another country there’s something about these three countries that I want to mention and that has to do with how I’ve heard many people say Oh paleo is more popular than vegan well vegan food and living through some of the Google Trends up comparing paleo to vegan and in all three of these countries vegan is much more popular the UK the US and Australia okay moving on to the next country which is Canada oh Canadia sadly again we do not have a super concrete vegan number but the Vancouver Humane Society found that there are about 12 million Canadians that were either vegetarian or trying to reduce meat consumption not telling us a lot about vegans so please next time ask us to rate question hello there have you ever thought about possibly not consuming a little bit of meat any time and five years that’s like 40 percent of the population Carla now that’s progress sponsored by Canada but I think Canada fall is a pretty close trend to the u.s. in terms of their dietary choices so if you look at that one point two five percent again that’s 450,000 Canadian vegans now I want to move on to the interesting case of Israel you may have heard some crazy numbers you’ve probably heard five percent I’ve heard as high as ten or twelve percent but that five percent came from a Channel 2 News survey which was likely not super rigorous or huge and could have possibly selected for a more vegan population however in 2016 the bureau of statistics in israel found that the population was about two percent of vegan now assuming that that was an accurate figure as of 2016 is probably the most rigorous we can also look to Google Trends for Israel in terms of the term vegan I know they speak Hebrew there but still can show a proportional increase in interest well it raised by about 50 percent which puts us at 3% of Israel and at 8 million people that’s about 250,000 vegans all right now let’s move on to some other countries we don’t have time to look at the methodology of every survey here and they will be linked below but let’s start with Austria and in 2013 0.5% of them appeared to be vegan which is about 40,000 people in Belgium as of 2016 there were about 34,000 vegans in Germany as of 2016 also combining to survey is one that was 0.1 and one that was one percent of the population we’re looking at about 400,000 vegans in India we have an interesting case the government said as of 2005 1.6 percent of the population was not consuming any enoy products which is ridiculously massive and that would be like 20 million vegans we’ll talk a bit more about that a second in Italy we have a range of 0.6 to 3% in 2015 which averages to 1 million Italian vegans it seems a little high maybe I’m wrong I don’t know then we’ve got the Netherlands as of 2014 we’re looking at about 45,000 vegans or 0.27% Sweden as of 2014 we have allegedly 4% vegan which is super high and that would put us up at 400,000 Swedish vegans which seems high let me know if you live there and finally we got Swiss which as of 2016 appeared you have about 83,000 vegans and I know this is not a survey but in terms of my channel in other countries I’m seeing a surprising amount of viewership from some countries such as Finland and Czechia and Romania and Greece which is pretty understandable but also Brazil which is awesome so hey everybody hey there okay so now we have to ask the question what is the global population of vegans no such information exists so we’re gonna do some really bootleg estimations right here right now the first thing what we’re gonna take here is the question can we get a reliable connection between the population of vegans and the amount of google searches for the term vegan within a country we can then take the number search globally and figure out a global figure there at least for the english-speaking world with the browser plug-in keywords everywhere we can get a rough monthly snapshot of the amount of times a vegan was searched in particular countries thankfully they’re ones that we have been investigating already for the US alone we are looking at about three hundred thousand searches for the term vegan each month if we take what I think is an accurate figure of 4 million vegans in the u.s. then that corresponds to about 7 percent of the vegans so there are 7 percent as many searches as there are vegans in the US for the UK there are about 60,000 searches for the term vegan a month and looking at our various estimations for vegans that 7% figure seems reasonable so I’m gonna stick with it now globally we have about eight hundred and twenty thousand searches for the term vegan every month and with that 7 percent figure that means that we have about 11 or 12 million vegans in the english-speaking world but in case you didn’t know only about 20 percent of earth speaks English and looking back to India that would be 20 million vegans if their survey is right but I think a possibly more accurate number is Jane’s there are about 4.5 million genes whoo religiously abstain from animal products and there are also countries that don’t necessarily have access to Google not that they’re english-speaking but China has restricted access to Google they also don’t have a good term for vegan but for some scale if just 0.1 percent China was vegan that’d be like 1.4 million vegans but I want to go at this from two completely different angles to try and get a more accurate answer and that other angle would be adding up all of the countries that we’ve looked at all the surveys we looked at in the video earlier and that lands us at about 8.3 million without India I’d be 28 million with India and if we want to just count the Janes which might be the most accurate it’s about 12 million vegans however that is throwing out most of the world we’re not counting South and Central America we’re not counting China or Southeast Asia Russia Africa the Middle East basically we’re not counting most of the world however those areas likely have lower populations of vegans and that’s the reason that we have vegan numbers in these other places because they have a higher amount of vegans now looking at both of these incomplete pictures of the vegan world which probably hover at around half or two-thirds of all the people that are vegan I think a fair number to throw out there would be that we have about 15 million vegans in the world which is about one half of one percent of the world’s population that’s my best guess at least in the end we need more data we especially need more of those surveys that are over 10,000 people which are likely more accurate given that a lot of the smaller ones especially the ones that don’t disclose their methodologies tend to be superhighway higher than we would have reason to believe you know maybe they accurately reflect some urban areas but probably not the countries that they’re being extrapolated to and if you live in a country that has no data go out and make your own survey or reach out to a local vegan organization or start a local vegan organization and try and make one that has a good variation in the population and very clear questions and so forth alright once again I’m not trying to be a buzzkill by shooting down those higher vegan percentages we just need to take a level-headed look at this and let me know down below if you live in one of these countries and if the numbers that I threw out there seem inaccurate too high or too low and finally feel free to follow plant-based news on all of those social media platforms and of course follow my channel Mike the vegan all right that’s it for today thank you for watching and I’ll see you next

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Is this the new Vegan Internet ?

hello everyone thanks for joining me and we actually have a sunny day here in the UK so apologies for the glare maybe in the video if my glasses never think but I wanted to come and talk to you about a new sort of app a new social media new thing that has come to the vegan movement which i think is going to be fantastic I think it’s definitely gonna make going vegan and staying vegan for the foreseeable future so much easier and it’s gonna allow other companies other brands that are vegan to grow together and create a community where people can find everything they want under one place so this thing that I’m talking about it’s called the V society and you can get it as an app on the you know the on app or you can get on Android obviously you can look it on the internet like that obviously I downloaded it today and found it on my phones I’ve down there have been looking for it for and everything and the idea of it basically is you can find everything you want within one thing they’re dubbing it the vegan internet so basically if you want to find articles if you want to find news if you want to find videos you want to find content creators if you want to find clothing food recipe arts literally everything about the vegan moon everything within the vegan room everything you could possibly want to know about going vegan how to stay vegan everything like that reach out to new content creators finding people you can interact with meetups things like this everything that makes being vegan fantastic about like interacting with other vegans you know food clothing everything that that you might find difficult finding out life you go on Google different websites everything is gonna be under one site and they’re meant to be rolling this out further in other countries of these in the UK and everything like that and there can be branching out but something like this is such a powerful tool this is gonna be somewhere like you know maybe like me if you could first me as a content creator you know people on YouTube on Instagram for everything like that where they’re spreading the vegan message there are different things you can come in as you know whether it’s contact great where it’s just a normal community profile whether it’s someone who is an activist this is another platform where you’re able to reach people another way in which you are able to interact with people and ever way in which you’re able to create a community and this is so important obviously when you first go vegan sometimes it can feel very very strange you might be the only vegan within your group of friends within your family within your own little sub sector you know your little group of friends whatever it is to have another community you’re able to reach to maybe finding an area where like if you’re interested in different foods where you can eat different clothing things you might just find confusing all this information is under one site and obviously now that it’s coming as a map and everything like that it makes it so easier to reach and you can message people different like you can follow different groups you can create groups it’s basically another way well what makes Facebook great is the fact that they’ve got groups on there okay but the problem is you’ve got so many different people if you’re gonna be putting up posts trying to spread awareness or just talking about some your incident or just asking questions it’s very very easy to get negativity people you know giving you hate whatever it is for being a vegan if you come into an area which is dedicated just to vegans dedicated for people that want to spread awareness spread information help people wanna meet up weather people create friends this sort of environment is all you could say are protecting them a protective environment but it’s an area where if you’re a vegan you’re interested your transition wherever it is this community is going to have everything you could possibly want and a lot of people when they fail or they’re no longer vegan a lot of time it is because they don’t have that supported out that community they struggle finding things to eat they struggle you know finding out information they just you know a and out with other friends out there’s so many different things that go into some people failing but something like this it’s gonna make going vegan and staying vegan so much easier so I definitely recommend any of you who are curious anyone who’s transitioning and on who’s already vegan download this out whether you want to go online on your PC into it that way or you want to download it I recommend download it give it a go try and interact with people try and create a community if you want to search for me on there my name is under there the same as like my channel name so anyone wants to reach me on their internet it’s just another platform where we were able to reach people and I think that is fantastic sorry I’ve been away for so long I’ve been away from my birthday I went to Central Park so I wanted to sort of just have a bit of a break from constantly thing about ideas and trying to put out stuff so I’m back now I’m gonna be sippin out some more content again so thanks for tuning and I know that I’m over 1500 now so for any of you that have subscribed viewed everything like that thank you your support is appreciated obviously I’m now moving towards 2000 that’s gonna be my next target so thanks for sticking around for me please make sure that you share these videos other people help this channel grow to help reach more people to build a community and I will see you guys in the next one