7 November 2000
Half of Britons cut back on meat

By FWi staff

THE BSE crisis and other health scares have persuaded almost half of Britons to go vegetarian or cut back on meat, according to new research.

The study by analysts Mintel found that three million people, 5.4% of the population, are vegetarian, reports the Daily Mail.

These are predominantly teenage girls and young women.

But the survey suggests that between 40-45% of the population are trying to eat less meat or give it up completely, reports the Mail.

And contrary to the popular view, it appears that older people are leading the change. The survey found that 61% of over-65s enjoy vegetarian meals.

This compares with only 35% of 15-19 year olds.

  • Daily Mail 07/11/2000 page 23