Questionnaire: More and more people eat meat

Around 8 million vegetarians now live in Germany, which is more than ten percent of the population *.A total of 900,000 people live vegan, and the trend is rising. According to a study by the Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung( GfK) in Nuremberg, the number of vegetarians has increased more than fifteenfold since 1983.At that time, only about 0.6 percent of the population fed vegetarian. A representative survey also concludes that 42 million flexitarians, also called part-time vegetarians, currently live in Germany. They do not eat meat on three or more days a week."The plant life has long arrived in the middle of society. This is shown by the currently low meat consumption and the growing supply of veggie products in the supermarket or restaurant, "says Sebastian Joy, Managing Director of VEBU."Whether for ethical reasons, for the protection of the environment and the climate, for the preservation of one's own health or because of curiosity, there are many reasons to discover the vegetarian vegan way of life," Joy continues.

People in Germany eat less meat
The people living in Germany eat less and less meat. The meat consumption in this country is currently as low as never before. This is shown by the supply balance meat 2015 'of the Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food **.Overall, consumers in Germany would consume 59.17 kilograms of meat per year and per person.
UNO experts propose smarter and more resource-efficient food production to further reduce meat consumption in the coming years. It would also help to increase the taxation of these products, as suggested by the reduction in consumption of meat and animal products, according to the experts.

More and more people prefer to eat vegetarian food. Image: Alliance - fotolia More and more people prefer to eat Vegetarian. Image: Alliance - fotolia

Vegetarian food on the road to success
The demand for vegetarian-vegan products and services is growing rapidly. All well-known supermarkets and discounters meanwhile carry a wide product range of herbal meat alternatives. The increase in consumption of these products shows the boom that the plant's lifestyle continues to experience. According to a market analysis by the Cologne Institute for Trade Research( IFH), sales of 454 million euros were achieved in 2015 with vegetarian and vegan products.

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"Today, it's never been easier to get a herbal or vegan dietTo access alternatives. If you do not want to use a spoon yourself to prepare a herbal meal, visit one of the many restaurants. In Berlin alone, there are currently more than 40 vegan restaurants, "says Joy. An overview of restaurants in Berlin and nationwide offers the VEBU in its restaurant database. It facilitates the search for meat-free restaurants. The user can filter the data by location as well as offer( 'predominantly vegetarian', 'purely vegetarian', 'predominantly vegan' and 'purely vegan').

vegetarian products carry the V label
orientation when purchasing vegetarian products offers the V label. The V-Label is an internationally protected quality seal for the labeling of vegetarian and vegan foods. It is used as a guide on packaging. Consumers can see at first glance when purchasing, whether a product is suitable for them. The V label is awarded in Germany in the categories 'vegan' and 'vegetarian' by the VEBU.Not all substances used in production appear on the list of ingredients. Until now, consumers can only be sure that a food is vegetarian or vegan by requesting a product from the manufacturer. If the product is licensed under the V label, consumers can be sure that it is a vegetarian or vegan product.

* For the number of vegetarians see: https: // veggie facts / development-in-numbers / number-vegan-and-vegetarian-in-germany /

** Federal Institute for Agriculture and Food, Supply of meat in Germany imCalendar Year 2015

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Food Systems and Natural Resources,
United Nations Environment Program( UNEP), 2016
The International Resource Panel( IRP)
Working Group on Food Systems and Natural Resources chaired by Maarten Hajer
The full reportshould be referenced as follows: UNEP( 2016) Food Systems and Natural Resources. A Report of the Working Group on Food Systems of the International Resource Panel. Westhoek, H, Ingram J., Van Berkum, S., Ozay, L., and Hajer M.
Job Number: DTI /1982/ PAISBN: 978-92-807-3560-4

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