Over the course of the last few years, veganism has been spreading like wildfire. In fact, according to The Economist’ writer John Parker, 2019 will be the year that veganism goes mainstream, with 2019 being dubbed the “year of the Vegan” and nearly a quarter of 25 to 34-year-old Americans claiming they are vegans or at least vegetarians. That is huge, considering just 0.4 percent of the population was vegan in 2015. Veganism is growing everywhere around the world as well, and at a similar rate.
People are going vegan for a number of reasons. Some are converting for ethical and animal rights reasons, others may be more concerned about their health or the environmental impacts of animal agriculture. No matter the reason, one thing is true: veganism is growing quickly– very, very quickly. Let’s take a look at why 2019 is shaping up to be the best year ever for veganism (so far).
#1: There are more supermarket options than ever.
Veganism used almost entirely limit your supermarket experience to the produce section. However, things have changed– and continue to change as we speak. Nowadays, you can visit just about any local supermarket and you’ll find a wide range of vegan-friendly foods and products in just about aisle, such as snacks, meat alternatives, candy, and even cleaning products. Basically, there are just about zero excuses for not being a vegan in 2019. If you’re worried about not getting enough protein (thanks to bro science), read this article. There’s no excuse.
#2: Plant-based meat alternatives are ever-expanding.
There are countless plant-based meat alternatives now available to choose from. Some of the most notable meat alternative companies are Beyond Meat, MorningStar Farms, Tofurky, Gardein, Field Roast, and Impossible Foods. All of these companies now make fake meat that looks and tastes like real meat– only much healthier and cruelty-free.
#3: A plant-based company just broke the stock market (in a good way).
Just recently, plant-based beef and pork substitute company Beyond Meat became a publicly traded company under the ticker BYND. The company’s IPO opened on the Nasdaq stock market at $46 a share, after originally pricing its shares at $25 a pop. However, Beyond Meat stock closed at $65.75, a premium increase of 163 percent. The IPO was one of the greatest performing IPOs in several decades. This amazing stock performance speaks volumes (and also means it is the perfect time to invest in vegan stock, too).
#4: Vegan fast food will soon be a reality everywhere.
That’s right. Eating out as a vegan used to be quite a task, but it's now going to be easier (and faster) than ever. Many of the largest fast food chains– such as McDonald’s, Burger King, Del Taco, and White Castle– have added or will soon add plant-based food options to their menus. For example, Burger King recently struck up a deal with Impossible Foods to create the plant-based Impossible Burger, which will be made available at all of Burger King’s US locations by the end of this year.
How to overcome your own excuses for not being vegan
As you can see, 2019 is shaping up to be the best year for veganism yet. And with good reason: veganism is not only healthy for you, but it also benefits the environment, saves animal (and human) lives, and simply tastes amazing. Still grasping at straws trying to come up with an argument against veganism? Let’s have a talk about that. Let’s explore briefly a few common excuses people make against veganism.
“It's too hard. I love meat.” – Sure, it’s hard, we get it. But it’s also hard to manage high blood pressure, or diabetes, or cancer, or any or the other serious medical conditions that have been linked with the consumption of animal products. As with anything that is good in life, becoming vegan will take a lot of sacrifices, but it will pay dividends for your health (and the lives of many animals).
“Eating out would be impossible.” – Not true. As you just read, there are more vegan options being added to more menus every day.
“My friends will laugh at me.” – If they’re truly good friends, they’ll laugh at you for just about anything. Good friends poke fun at one another, but they also support one another. Anyway, chances are that some of your friends are already vegan and making the change in your own life could help you to relate to those friends on another level.
“I’m in my bulking phase and I need massive loads of protein for the gains.” – A vegan diet can deliver more than enough protein quite easily. When you go vegan, you’ll find high protein vegan ingredients such as tofu and tempeh taking the place of meat. Eating 200 grams of protein per day requires a bit of forethought and organisation regardless of your diet. Once you’ve been vegan for a while and have an idea of how much protein is in different plant foods, the effort required to achieve a high intake of protein won’t be impacted by your veganism. Fun fact: Soy is a complete protein – meaning it contains all the essential amino acids.
While we could continue to list off more arguments against objections to veganism, you can see that the common trend here is that most excuses are just that– excuses. Therefore, the best way to overcome your own excuses is to realise what they are, find out the truth about veganism for yourself, and then take massive action towards a future you want for yourself and the world around you. Good luck!