A survey conducted on behalf of The Vegan Society has investigated plant based diet culture across all four nations in the UK. Results showed that support for plant based diets was strongest in Scotland.
67% of those who wanted the government to promote plant based diets thought public awareness campaigns should be created to showcase health and environmental impacts. This compared with 61% in England, 52% in Northern Ireland and 47% in Wales.
65% thought that there should be at least one healthy plant based meal on every public sector menu, while 59% wanted to see plant milks offered in public health initiatives to children. 61% thought there should be financial incentives for locally-grown high-protein crops such as beans, nuts and seeds.
Glasgow was named the third best city in Europe for vegans to live in 2020. In recent years Scottish businesses have launched many plant based restaurants and snack based companies.
"We believe that data is hugely positive for the vegan movement," said Louisianna Waring, Insight and Commercial Policy Officer at The Vegan Society. "It is fantastic to see that so many people in Scotland are listening to the science on the impact of dietary choices. Many of the climate solutions on offer can only be achieved if implemented together, and promoting plant based diets is one solution that unlocks several others including reduced deforestation and less water and land use."