7 Signs the Future Is Vegan

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Do you think a world without factory farming and the killing of billions of farmed animals each year sounds more like a Utopian dream (or a Star Trek fantasy)?

Believe it or not, an animal-friendly world could be closer than previously imagined.

People worldwide are recognizing the devastating toll of animal agribusiness — on the environment, human health, and our collective sense of ethics. There’s still a lot of progress to be made, but the tide is turning; the tipping point is near, and nowadays, all signs are pointing to positive change for animals.

Here are 7 reasons why the FUTURE IS VEGAN:

Meat-free meats hit the big-time in 2016
Beyond Meat’s vegan Beyond Burger started selling (out!) in meat aisles across the US, and all-vegan The Herbivorous Butcher was reader’s choice in USA Today’s “Best Food & Drink Maker” in the nation! Major publications spotlighted vegan foods, and in Grist: “Someday we’ll look back at 2016 as the year we realized we might be perfectly happy to give up meat.” And that’s just the beginning…plant-based is expected to be a top global food trend in 2017.

The link between animal products and climate change is clear
The science is clear: animal agriculture is a leading cause of environmental devastation, from deforestation to ocean dead zones to air pollution. One recent study showed that if the world went vegan, food-related greenhouse gas emissions would be cut by 70% (and 8 million human lives would be saved by 2050!). The United Nations has said, “A substantial reduction of impacts [from agriculture] would only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change away from animal products.” In other words, vegan eating could save the planet.

Big Ag’s getting desperate
As non-dairy milks and meatless meats soar in popularity, Animal Ag is trying to squash plant-based sales and even cheating consumers: COK research helped form a class action suit against 70% of the dairy industry for raising prices by slaughtering 500,000 young cows (consumers are now owed a $52M settlement!)– and a similar suit has been filed against major chicken producers. As dairy sales drop, Big Dairy’s also whining to the FDA to block the use of words like “milk” and “cheese” on dairy-free product labels–a sure sign of desperate times calling for desperate measures. See COK’s solution & join us in telling the dairy industry: Got confusion? Call it “cow milk!”

Major brands are seeing the potential of vegan eats
If you can’t beat them, join them, right? Tyson — the largest meat producer in the US — has invested in plant-based company Beyond Meat. Major chains are offering vegan options because consumers are asking for them, from Subway to Dunkin’ Donuts and StarbucksTaco Bell and Chipotle even released easy guides to ordering their popular veg options–and fast food chains not getting on the vegan bandwagon are getting left behind (read: McDonald’s).

The public is saying no to animal entertainment
After years of slowing sales and declining attendance, Ringling Bros. Circus has announced that it’s closing after more than 140 years in business! Even the biggest name in animal Big Top cited declining attendance and changing public views about using animals in entertainment…just ask SeaWorld about its popularity is tanking too…

People are more interested in veganism than ever
Google Trend data shows a major rise in vegan search terms, including “vegan food nearby” over the past three years, with a huge spike at the end of 2016. From Australia to Canada to Germany, people all over the world are more interested in a plant-based lifestyle than ever before. And Google itself is touting plant-based foods!

Healthcare pros tout the benefits of plant-based eating
The health power of a plant-based diet’s made it into the public consciousness. Many doctors now acknowledge that a healthy vegan diet can prevent (or even reverse) heart disease, types of cancer, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and other chronic ailments. Kaiser Permanente recommends plant-based eating; Physicians Committe for Responsible Medicine opened the vegan-focused Barnard Medical Center in the nation’s capital; and events like International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference are growing rapidly. Plant-based eats were even the stars of the World Health Summit menu in 2016!

Want more proof of progress for animals? Watch all you helped COK achieve in 2016–and see how easy it is to help animals in 2017!