Here – teens explain why they are ditching meat and dairy.
Veganism is on the rise.
In 2006 150,000 people in the UK opted for a plant-based diet.
The movement is driven by the young – close to half of all vegans are aged 15-34 (42%) – compared with just 14% who are over 65.
When the Guardian asked people about being vegan – 67% of the 474 who replied were under 34 and more than one-sixth were teenagers.
We heard from people as young as 14 espousing the purported virtues of quitting meat and dairy.
The not-for-profit Teen Vegan Network, a social network for vegans and vegetarians has noted this rise with interest.
The founders say that last year their first summer camp sold out in 34 hours and this year they had to put more than 150 young people on the waiting list.
They have seen a steady growth in their website since it launched three years ago with at least one new member a week.
So why are so many teens ditching meat and dairy?
Here’s what they said.