Germans are switching to veg diets
The impact of the outbreaks in some of the largest meat processing plants in Germany is accelerating the veganism trend in the country, reported Green Queen magazine. Almost a third of households in the country are choosing to reduce meat consumption due to COVID-19 concerns, says a study released by GfK. Several thousand workers in different meat processing plants in the country have been tested positive for COVID-19, with Tonnies leading the group, with more than 1,500 cases reported in June in its largest meat processing plant.
Within the last 5 years, the number of Germans declared vegetarians have doubled but now the trend is becoming larger. "We see a trend away from very cheap meat and towards higher quality and substitute products. It is not only about animal welfare, but it is also about human welfare, and that will become entrenched in people’s minds," declared Robert Kecskes, an analyst at GfK.
However, the veg trend seems to gain a larger market share in some other countries too. Recent polls from the U.S. to the U.K. and Hong Kong have all reported that shoppers are now seeking to reduce meat consumption dramatically as a result of the pandemic, while analysts in South Korea say that the numbers of flexitarians in the country could now be as high as 10 million, representing almost 20% of its total population. Overall, the United Nations FAO estimates that this global pattern will trigger the biggest drop in meat intake seen in decades.