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Are Germans leading a vegan revolution?

Meera Senthilingam: ‘In 2016, Germany launched more vegan food products than any other country, according to research agency Mintel, and vegan products as a whole have been soaring over the past few years. Mintel’s data show that 18% of all global vegan product launches were in Germany in 2016, many of which were substitute versions of traditional meat dishes. Meat-substitute products such as sausages and schnitzels are usually made of plant proteins such as soy, wheat or tofu, woven and glued together to give the texture and consistency of meat. “Meat substitutes are what Germany is leading in, from a personal view,” said nutritional epidemiologist Clarissa Lage Barbosa of the Robert Koch Institute, part of the Federal Ministry of Health. “If someone is just starting, these kind of products can help them get into the diet”… A 2016 study using survey data from 2008 and 2011 estimated 4.3% of Germans between 18 and 79 years old to be vegetarian, with the greatest number between the ages of 18 and 29. About 2% of the UK population is estimated to be vegetarian and 3.3% in the US. In most settings, numbers are greater among higher-income populations and city-dwellers, say experts, as well as among women’. SOURCE…

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