Do you feel that dairy farming is cruel to livestock like cows? The NY Times reporter, Andrew Jacobs’ recent essay asks the question of whether it is cruel to the animals. Cows endure systematic suffering on large, industrialized farms. Over the previous few years, there has been a growing concern and awareness about livestock welfare issues.
An increasing number of individuals are being aware of the damage that factory farming causes. That the Veganuary campaign is having a record-breaking number of people taking part in it, is not a coincidence. Up to 500,000 individuals have signed up for plant-based diet options this year. That is a milestone twofold in size than the number of people who decided to go meatless a couple of years ago.
Plant-based food items are not only meant for vegan dieters. That is evident from the fact that an always-increasing flexitarian count causes a booming marketplace of dairy alternatives and meat substitutes to happen. As per a Vox report, Unilever aims to achieve 1.20 billion in annual international revenue from sales through vegan dairy and plant-based meat in the coming 5 to 7 years. For your information, Unilever is among the biggest food and drink producers in the world. Its sales target is around fivefold than what Vox forecast it would make through plant-based product sales last year.
Moreover, those kinds of measures have mainly been taken as responses to an increasing requirement for plant-based products from customers. In the past few years, there has been a new trend of vegan meat achieving some mainstream status, plus the coronavirus epidemic has only played a part in the momentum. Early in this epidemic period, there were concerns regarding not only the transmission of the virus at meatpacking plants but also supply chain issues at groceries. Those concerns seemed to have played a role in the greater requirement for meat-free products.
The coronavirus epidemic has also shed light on the bad operating conditions of the processed meat manufacturing sector. There had been many documented cases of COVID-19 transmissions among meat plant workers of some companies in the sector. One of those companies, Tyson Foods, terminated plant managers due to groups who betted about how many employees would catch the novel coronavirus.
Plant-based products are booming, but there is a different trend to keep an eye out for: laboratory-made meat items. These are products made with cultured cells in laboratory environments.