Veganism

Veganism in Malta is on the rise, as environmental concerns take root – Times of Malta

Summary

For over three years, Davina Schembri has been following a plant-based diet. Her main motivation to switch her food choices was the potential environmental impact. 

“At the time I followed a few Instagram vegan ‘influencers’ who inspired me. And after watching the documentary Cowspiracy I realised I can’t expect restaurants to change if there isn’t any increased demand.”

Since then she has seen a growth in awareness and people trying to reduce their environmental im…….

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For over three years, Davina Schembri has been following a plant-based diet. Her main motivation to switch her food choices was the potential environmental impact. 

“At the time I followed a few Instagram vegan ‘influencers’ who inspired me. And after watching the documentary Cowspiracy I realised I can’t expect restaurants to change if there isn’t any increased demand.”

Since then she has seen a growth in awareness and people trying to reduce their environmental impact. 

“I do think there needs to be more awareness overall, as most environmental campaigns focus on reducing plastic, with no attention to reducing meat consumption.”

Mariah Gatt.

Yoga instructor Mariah Gatt echoes the same thoughts. 

“I believe that while awareness on veganism is improving, I do not think it is purely linked to environmental impact. People think that if they do not use a plastic straw they are making an impact, but then continue eating fish or meat.”

The 26-year-old admits she never enjoyed eating meat, not even when she was a child. 

Average carnivore diet produces 7.2kg of carbon dioxide daily

“It just never felt right. By the age of 15 I started experimenting with a vegetarian diet, but back then Malta did not cater for that sort of diet.”

“After nearly five years of being fully vegan, I feel much better and spending time abroad in Mexico and living with indigenous people, I have learnt just how important our planet is.”

Davina and Mariah are two of a growing number of people choosing a vegan or vegetarian diet in a country where restaurants mainly cater for carnivores. 

The average carnivore diet produces 7.2kg of carbon dioxide a day, almost twice as much as a vegan diet.

Livestock is responsible for around 15 per cent of world emissions and, according to researchers at the University of Oxford, adopting a vegan diet is one of the best ways to reduce your impact on the environment.

Why are more people switching their diet?

According to recent data collected by a local vegan platform, more people are switching to a more plant-based diet due to environmental reasons.

Close to 25 per cent of those who participated in Malta Meat Free Week challenge in 2020 say they switched their diet because of environmental reasons. This shows an increase from the previous year, when 18.5 per cent took on the challenge for the same reason.

For the past four years, Veggy Malta has organised a Malta Meat Free Week challenge, where for seven days people stop consuming meat or dairy products.

Vegans do not consume meat, eggs or dairy products, as well as any substances …….

Source: https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/veganism-in-malta-is-on-the-rise-as-environmental-concerns-take-root.914793