Is it “easy to be vegan”?

In vegan outreach, I often encounter people proudly proclaiming: "It's easy to be vegan!" I even find myself saying this often-heard phrase at times. But is it easy to be vegan? And, perhaps more importantly, should we be telling people that it's easy to be vegan?

Should we be promoting meat substitutes?

This is a question I get asked all the time and one of the main things that comes up as a "criticism" of veganism. Yeah, but if veganism is so great, why are you trying to copy all OUR foods? Or how about: Yeah, but if veganism is so sustainable, what about all these new … Continue reading Should we be promoting meat substitutes?

Should we promote meat reduction or veganism?

This blog post includes data from research into seven UK-based reduction and vegan campaigns, drawing on the largest sample of meat reducers, pescatarians, vegetarians, and vegans in any research project to date (n=1,587). Research was conducted for my PhD in Social Policy at the University of Kent, using a mixed-methods, longitudinal approach. Those pursuing a … Continue reading Should we promote meat reduction or veganism?

REPORT: Meat reduction and vegan promotion

I am so excited to share the findings of my study into seven UK-based reduction and vegan campaigns, drawing on the largest sample of meat reducers, pescatarians, vegetarians, and vegans in any research project to date (n=1,587). Research was conducted for my PhD in Social Policy at the University of Kent, using a mixed-methods, longitudinal … Continue reading REPORT: Meat reduction and vegan promotion

Overcoming conscious reduction to adopt vegan habits

This blog post includes data from research into seven UK-based reduction and vegan campaigns, drawing on the largest sample of meat reducers, pescatarians, vegetarians, and vegans in any research project to date (n=1,587). Research was conducted for my PhD in Social Policy at the University of Kent, using a mixed-methods, longitudinal approach.  Through participating in a campaign, individuals … Continue reading Overcoming conscious reduction to adopt vegan habits

Why animal protection is the most effective vegan motivator

This blog post includes data from research into seven UK-based reduction and vegan campaigns, drawing on the largest sample of meat reducers, pescatarians, vegetarians, and vegans in any research project to date (n=1,587). Research was conducted for my PhD in Social Policy at the University of Kent, using a mixed-methods, longitudinal approach. Within this sample, … Continue reading Why animal protection is the most effective vegan motivator

Reduction barriers part 1: Unconscious influences

This blog post includes data from research into seven UK-based reduction and vegan campaigns, drawing on the largest sample of meat reducers, pescatarians, vegetarians, and vegans in any research project to date (n=1,587). Research was conducted for my PhD in Social Policy at the University of Kent, using a mixed-methods, longitudinal approach. This sample represents … Continue reading Reduction barriers part 1: Unconscious influences

Why DON’T people go vegan?: What research says

Before conducting my own study into the motivates and barriers for those trying to reduce or stop eating animal-based foods, I searched through existing research to see what others before me had found. What did I find? First of all, there is really a lack of understanding and consensus on the particular factors inhibiting dietary … Continue reading Why DON’T people go vegan?: What research says

The Sustainability Triad

Three of the primary factors hindering our ability to be as sustainable as we might like to be are money, time and knowledge. I have dubbed this potent combination the Sustainability Triad. While there are certainly a variety of other factors that contribute to unsustainable lifestyles, these areas create the structure upon which our determination to be more sustainable teeters.

What’s your price tag on… sustainability? An animal’s life? Your health?

How do you quantify, monetise or in any way try to value something as intangible as, say, preventing climate change? This¬†question may seem a bit ridiculous: Who cares? Climate change is a serious problem and we need to do something about it NOW!¬†Yes, and no. The problem is: we live in a world where money … Continue reading What’s your price tag on… sustainability? An animal’s life? Your health?