Irish American actress, Kate Mara, has recently said that veganism is one of her five personal truths.
In an interview with Shape, Mara talked about animal rights and how important veganism is to her.
Mara has been a vegan for five years. She said, “I found it hard to give up cheese at first because I love it so much. But I haven’t missed meat at all.”
She decided to go vegan after reading a book called The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder. “It’s about how our bodies are not meant to digest animal products and what we should be eating instead,” she said.
Although she initially went vegan for her health, she embraced the vegan lifestyle after realising that working on behalf of animals is “life-changing”. She raised money for chimps abandoned by a medical organisation in Liberia two years ago and the project was a big success.
Speaking about the experience, she said, “I didn’t realise what I was missing until I started working with and for animals. To protect innocent creatures in ways they can’t do themselves is really an amazing thing.”
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Vegan takeout orders are on the rise in Ireland.
According to Just Eat, Irish consumers are ordering more plant-based food in 2018 than ever before.
The company has revealed that orders for vegetarian food have risen by 25%, and that vegan pizza, vegan korma and falafel bowls are among the most requested foods by Irish customers.
The rise in vegan food orders is no surprise to the company, according to Just Eat marketing director, Edel Kinane. Speaking on the spike, she said, “We predicted a strong demand in healthy options, vegetarian and vegan food for 2018, and our data for the year so far reflects that.”
The company has also reported that a whopping one third of the 78,700 restaurants available for delivery on the app offer plant-based options.
Sales of vegetarian and vegan products across Irish supermarkets are soaring, according to new figures.
One in five customers chose vegetarian products during a 12 week period examined by Kantar Worldpanel Ireland.
Director of Kantar Worldpanel, David Berry, said that, “Shoppers increasing interest in vegetarian and vegan lifestyles was clear as sales of vegetarian options surged by 18%. One in five shoppers picked up a vegetarian product during the past 12 weeks.”
Veganism has been steadily increasing in popularity in Ireland and the UK over the past two years. A recent survey has revealed that a staggering 7% of the UK is now vegan, which is around 3.5 million people.