Vegetarian UK

Vegetarian UK

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Read about vegetarianism in the UK and then do the three exercises.

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How important is meat in your diet? Could you happily live without ever eating any meat? In the UK vegetarianism is becoming more and more popular.

Vegetarianism is increasing in the UK as more and more British people are deciding not to eat meat and animal products. According to the Vegetarian Society, 2000 people are giving up meat and ‘going veggie’ in Britain every week. There’s even a ‘National Vegetarian Week’ organised every year to encourage people to try a meat-free lifestyle.

Vegetarians and vegans

In 1989 a poll indicated that 3% of the UK’s population was vegetarian. A more recent poll estimated that 5.7% of the population were vegetarian. In numbers this means there are over 3 million vegetarians in the UK today and vegetarians (people who don’t eat meat), and vegans (people who don’t eat or use  any animal products) are becoming increasingly common in UK culture. Visit a British supermarket and you will see a wide range of vegetarian ingredients and prepared meals on the shelves including vegetarian sausages, vegan cheese (it doesn’t contain milk!) and meat-free burgers.

A healthy diet

So why are Brits cutting out meat from their diets? Many vegetarians and vegans choose not to eat meat or animal products for ethical reasons. They are unhappy about the bad treatment of the animals and the effects of meat and fish production on the environment. Worries about food safety (for example BSE or ‘mad cow disease’ as it is commonly known) cause many people to stop eating meat. Others choose to change their diet in this way to improve their general health. According to the UK organisation, the Vegetarian Society, a meat-free diet could help reduce the risk of certain cancers and the possibility of heart disease, as well as other health problems such as obesity and high blood pressure.

Organic farming

Another rising trend in the UK’s food culture is related to how our food is produced. Many people are rejecting GM (genetically modified) food and intensive farming procedures. They want their food to be organically farmed. What exactly does ‘organic’ mean? Organic food is produced in a more 'natural' way. Organic farmers use no, or very few, chemicals, pesticides or fertilisers. Organic farming isn’t only concerned with plant crops, animals can also be farmed organically. Organic meat is produced without the use of drugs and antibiotics. Organically farmed animals also have better living conditions, for example more space and more nutritious food.

Organic food

According to the Soil Association, the UK’s leading organisation for organic food and farming, three out of every four households in the UK now buy some types of organic food. Some people buy organic meat, fruit and vegetables from farmers’ markets, where local farmers sell their products directly to the consumer. Others have a box of organic mixed fruit and vegetables delivered to their homes each week. Many people buy organic produce in their local supermarket. As with vegetarianism, people choose organic foods for health reasons or because of concern for the environment. Although it’s often more expensive, fans of organic food say it tastes much better!

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Do you think the world would be a better place if people ate less meat? How much meat do you eat in your diet?

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Ken's picture
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I hear we need to eat various kinds of food to live happily and to keep fit in this world nowadays.....!
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Dogas's picture
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I'm afraid i have to disagree. I think meal without eat it's not good meal for me. I think we should to have balanced diet. I like both.

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ebada's picture
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I´m afraid I have to disagree. I think we need to balanced diet. We should get carbohydrate, protein, vitamin to our body. If we don't eat meat , we don't get proteins and vitamins in meat. When we get proteins, our body grow and heal wounds. So we should eat meat and use animal products for healthy life.

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MARCreally's picture
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I think that eating meat is good, but as we know that everything must be balanced, so that the world would not be better if you eat only meat, must be balanced. Meat as in my diet is balanced.

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Xiomarav15's picture
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Yes, I do. Because more people have to have good habits and they should reduce more illness as the obesity but according of the nutritionist, the meat has to be in your food. I eat a balance food, meat and vagetables every day

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Lyna's picture
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In my opinion the meat is good in our diet but we exaggerate and this for reason makes us ill.
I eat meat balanced because , i have a nutritionist

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RUTHJT3B's picture
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YES , BY THAT PEOPLE DO NOT EAT REGULATED THEIR FOOD IS WHY THERE ARE MORE OBESE PEOPLE.
My comidd and the quantity of meat is very regulated.

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MarileyR's picture
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In my opinion the world wouldn't be better without meat because the meat is very important in our diet because meat contains a lot of proteins and vitamins that help us to be healthy.j

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