The meat-free revolution

The meat-free revolution

As the numbers of vegans and ‘flexitarians’ rise, meat substitutes of all kinds are becoming big business. Deena Shanker and Lydia Mulvany delve into some of the key quesions raised by this change in our appetites

Actually, no. Overall meat consumption continues to increase on a global scale, buoyed by rising affluence in developing economies such as China and Brazil.

But while per capita consumption in the US, the world’s biggest beef consumer, is also growing, countries such as France, Germany, Spain and Sweden are cutting back on meat.

What’s more, there’s a discernible shift in attitudes in wealthy nations. In a 2015 study, two-thirds of Americans said they had...

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