Thankfully, the world’s broken food system based on animal agriculture is slowly but surely making steps toward a healthier and more sustainable plant-based system. In Europe, in particular, 39 percent of people surveyed stated they actively include plant-based options in their diet. Even fast food chains have caught on to the trend, with McDonald’s releasing a vegan burger in Sweden and Finland and permanently adding it to the menus there. And now Sweden is seeing a general decrease in meat consumption within the country!
Sweden’s Board of Agriculture released statistics regarding this drop in meat consumption. Between 1990 and 2017, meat consumption in Sweden saw a sharp increase by 41 percent. However, meat consumption decreased by 2.6 percent in 2017, which is the largest annual decline since 1990. Beef consumption decreased the most, followed by pork and poultry. It should be noted that although Swedish consumption of meat is down, their production of meat increased as demand for meat exported from Sweden increased.
Åsa Lannhard Öberg, the agricultural investigator, stated, “There are many reasons for the reduced consumption of meat, but the vegan trend, climate debate, health aspects, and ethical reasons are some.”
You can read the report in its entirety and stay posted on developing statistics here.
Reducing meat consumption is the single greatest thing people can do to lessen their personal carbon footprint. Even decreasing meat consumption, as opposed to completely eliminating animal products with a vegan diet, has a significant impact on our health and the environment. To learn more about how you can make healthier food choices for yourself and the planet, check out the Eat for the Planet book, a fact-filled easy-to-read publication filled with eye-opening stats and images.