Data and Facts
HOW MANY VEGANS ARE THERE IN GERMANY, THE EU AND IN THE WORLD?
WHAT IS THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE LAST 5-10 YEARS?
There are currently about 8 million vegetarians living in Germany. That’s about 10% of the population. Of these, 1,3 million people live vegan. That makes up about 1,6% of the population.
Three years ago, 900.000 people were vegan in Germany. 2008 however, were still 80.000 people.
According to a study by TNS 2015 already 51% of people living in Germany eat less meat and can be counted to the flexitarians. The trend towards a plant based and environmentally friendly diet has been clear for years and will continue to grow in the future.
CAUSES OF DEATH IN GERMANY
According to the German Federal Statistical Office, the leading cause of death in 2015 were coronary heart disease, heart attacks, heart failure and lung and bronchial cancer.
According to the nutritionalfacts.org website and the team of scientists behind it, a plant-based wholefood diet can be used to prevent, treat and even reverse disease. These include heart disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Studies have shown that a plant based diet can for example reduce angina attacks up to 90% within a few weeks. Also, a higher nutritional satisfaction was noted when compared to control groups. In addition, improved digestion, a higher level of energy, better sleep, significant improvement in physical functionality, overall health, vitality, and mental health were noted. It has been shown that plant based whole food nutrition improves weight control, blood glucose levels, cholesterol levels, emotional state, depression, anxiety and fatigue.
EXAMPLE DIABETES MELLITUS TYPE 2
- A vegetarian-vegan diet reduces the risk of diabetes. In particular the causes are the higher intake of complex carbohydrates and fiber from plant foods as well as a lower intake of total fat and saturated fatty acids.
- Vegetarian-vegan diets prevent the development of obesity, a major risk factor for diabetes mellitus.
- With a vegetarian-vegan diet, diabetes therapy can be easily implemented and the risk of late diabetic damage reduced.
Vegan Food Pyramid; Source: https://vebu.de/fitness-gesundheit/ernaehrungspyramide/vegane-ernaehrungspyramide/
WHAT IS VEGANISM?
„”The vegan lifestyle, also called veganism, is a special form of vegetarianism that does not consume any animal products.
Therefore, vegans do not only abstain from meat and fish in their diet, but also from all other animal products, such as milk, eggs or honey.
To live vegan means more than vegan food. Vegan additionally includes not wearing garments of animal origin. This means renouncing substances such as leather, silk or wool.”
Plant based whole foods are usually provided with less toxins and little to no antibiotics or hormones. They contain many minerals, vitamins, essential fatty acids, proteins, good carbohydrates and strengthen the digestion.
Vegetable foods are characterized by a positive energy balance, fewer pollutants, much more sustainable and less harmful to the environment. Plants save resources and consume significantly less water in cultivation than animal products.
A plant based diet protects billions of animals that are killed annually for consumption. It reduces animal suffering, industrial livestock farming and fights world hunger.
A widespread vegan diet reduces monocultures, which are specially planted for animal feed. There would be less rainforest deforestation. A plus in protein could reduce world hunger.
Incompatibilities such as lactose intolerance or allergies to animal proteins are no longer present due to the plant based diet. As a result, body-related problems are often removed. A better skin, better sleep, more vitality, better digestion, more energy are not uncommon.
PLANT BASED ALTERNATIVES
Nowadays the shelves are full of plant based alternatives. There are hardly any wishes left. Start the discovery through a new culinary world. I am sure there is something for everyone :).
Soybean, rice, oat, almond, spelt, coconut, coconut rice, cashew, quinoa, hemp, pumpkin, sunflower seed, millet, hazelnut, macadamia and lupine milk.
Soy, coconut, hemp, lupine and almond yogurt.
Cashews, yeast flakes, vegan cheese substitutes, cashew cream cheese, sweet potato cheese, almond cream cheese.
4. Ice cream
Banana ice cream, cashew and coconut ice cream with frozen fruits.
Tofu, seitan (wheat protein), lupine protein (protein-rich legume with sustainable cultivation and all essential amino acids), oatmeal (patties), green poppy seeds (contain many B vitamins, magnesium and phosphorus), soy granules, tempeh (fermented soybeans), pea protein (high in protein and iron, low fat and carbohydrates), black bean (protein rich, the darker the bean, the more anthocyanin.) The naturally contained plant dye has a stronger effect on the body than the vitamins C and E – antioxidants), chickpeas (contain more protein than some meat , high in iron and calcium).
Chick-pea and soy flour, avocado, silk tofu, tofu, smoked salt (Kala Namak).
Guar gum, locust bean gum, corn starch, xanthan gum, agar agar, potato starch, flaxseed flour, psyllium husk (ground), egg substitute, banana, tomato paste and applesauce.
21 FACTS THAT MAKE YOU THINK:
- Industrial livestock farming and all its by-products cause 51% of global greenhouse gas emissions yearly.
- 1 liter of cow’s milk needs on average 1.020 liter of water!!! (8,5 full baths).
- Did you know that a cow is always pregnant to give milk?
- The blood of people who are plant based feed, stops the growth of cancer cells 8 times as much as with a standard diet.
- Cholesterol and saturated fatty acids from animal foods are the number 1 cause of heart attack and stroke (cardiovascular diseases). The most common causes of death in Germany.
- The area of cultivation for soybeans provide 15 times more protein as the use of the same area for animals.
- In Germany, almost seven times as many antibiotics are used in livestock farming each year as in hospitals. 1.700 tons of antibiotics!
- Meat which has been processed in taste and shelf life is carcinogenic for people.
- Cow’s milk consumption increases blood levels of insulin-like growth factors (IGF-1), which among other things stimulate cancer cells to grow.
- Every year about 70 billions of livestock is slaughtered in one year. In August 2016, the world population corresponded to 7,44 billion people.
- It takes an average of 15.400 liter WATER (128 full bathtubs) to produce 1 kg of beef. Soybeans need 1.800 liters.
- Consumption of red meat (muscle meat of mammals) is clearly related to the formation of Cancers.
- Alone in Germany daily 2,5 billion liters of methane from cattle produced. IIn comparison, a small car would have to orbit the world 5,6 millions times to cause the same climate damage. (Data: 1 cattle = 200 L methane / day | 200 L methane = 18.000 km with small car (climate damage) | Germany has 12.635.456 cattle (2015) | Equatorial Earth circumference = 40.075,017)
- Every second approx. 6.000 m2 of rainforest are cut down. (A football field has 7.140 m2).
- Industrial livestock farming is responsible for 91% of the deforested area of the amazon rainforest.
- 80% of global fish stocks are already overfished and completely exploited.
- Moving to a plant based diet (vegan) can slow the development of cardiovascular disease (high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, etc.) down and even turn it back.
- In Germany approximately 50 million male chicks are shredded or gased every year after hatching. Shredded or gassed.
- 50% of global cereal cultivation is fed to livestock. At the same time, 800 millions of people are starving worldwide.
- Pigs are intelligent, capable of learning, highly social and clean. They are even smarter than dogs.
- About 54 million animals land in Germany annually in the are annually thrown into household waste. Their meat is not eaten, but thrown away.
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Online unter: www.skopos.de/news/13-millionen-deutsche-leben-vegan.html [28.02.2017]
YouGov (2014): “Wer will’s schon vegan?”,
Online unter: yougov.de/loesungen/reports/studien/vegan-studie/ [24.02.2017]
BMEL (2008): “Nationale Verzehrsstudie II: Wie sich Verbraucher in Deutschland ernähren”,
Online unter www.bmel.de/DE/Ernaehrung/GesundeErnaehrung/_Texte/NationaleVerzehrsstudie_Zusammenfassung.html [24.02.2017]
Robert-Koch-Institut (2016): „Verbreitung der vegetarischen Ernährungsweise in Deutschland”,
Online unter www.rki.de/DE/Content/Gesundheitsmonitoring/Gesundheitsberichterstattung/GBEDownloadsJ/JoHM_2016_02_ernaehrung1a.html [24.02.2017]
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