Created by: Dave Harland | 9 August 2019

The economics of going vegetarian

Though you might not like the idea of giving up meat, have you ever considered how much money you could save if you cut down or removed it completely?

If not, we’ve gathered some facts and figures that may make you think twice.

The health benefits

A huge amount of research has been conducted over the past few years, looking at how the human body is affected by a vegetarian diet, compared to a meat heavy diet.

Vegetarian diets tend to contain more fiber, antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds, with higher quantities of potassium, magnesium, folate and vitamins A, C and E – all the good stuff.

You’d reach your 5 portions of fruit and vegetables in no time, so your digestion would improve, and your risk of heart failure and disease would decrease thanks to the fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes and fiber which all help fight heart problems.

In fact, vegans and vegetarians have up to a 75% lower risk of developing high blood pressure, and have a 42% lower risk of heart disease.

Other health benefits include:

  • Improved skin
  • Higher life expectancy
  • Reduced risk of arthritis and reducing pain if you have it
  • Lower risk of Parkinson's disease

The environmental impact

Before we get onto what your meat-eating habits are costing you, here’s what it’s costing the planet.

Research has shown that 202 animals per year will be spared if you choose a completely meat-free diet. This leads to less water, food, land and fossil fuels being used to feed the animals, slaughter them, treat the meat, package and transport it to you.

Choosing to stop eating meat is considered to be one of the most powerful actions you can do to help reduce the impact of climate change, alongside flying less and using public transport more often.

The economic impact

If you’re still not convinced, then it’s time to show you how hard your meat-eating habits are hitting your wallet.

If you became a vegetarian, you could get the same amount of protein from alternative foods and save around £565 a year, which is more than the average cost of a flight to South America.

Now, expand that to the whole world and we would save £1,096.53 BILLION, which could be spent on healthcare and reversing the impact of climate change.

So while it might be tough, even reducing your meat intake by half will improve your health, save you money and preserve the environment. Remember that the next time you feel like a burger.
 

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