Veganism has continued to grow exponentially in the UK. Is the pandemic a bystander, or has it helped drive the rise of plant-based diets?

Two years ago, the Greggs vegan sausage roll infuriated traditionalists everywhere. As global food brands rushed to release their own vegan products, I questioned whether 2019 would prove to be the ‘Year of the Vegan’ in the UK. Following the monumental success of Veganuary 2021, with veganism having entrenched itself in all aspects of UK food culture, it appears this can be considered not just confirmed, but perhaps an understatement.

No product exemplifies this remarkable culture shift quite like the sausage roll. Greggs sales topped £1bn in early 2019 boosted mainly by the vegan reworking of its signature snack, and…


This article was originally published on 6th August 2017 at Jericho Online. Reproduced here with full permissions.

England’s Spice Girls once sang ‘will this déjà vu never end?’, but it is the ‘Ethiopian Spice Girls’ — a five-piece girl band named Yegna — who have again returned to UK headlines in recent weeks with the perennial and contentious topic of foreign aid. Prime Minister Theresa May’s announcement that Britain will preserve its commitment to spending 0.7% …


This article was originally published on 5th February 2019. A follow-up article tracking the growth of veganism and vegan culture in the UK over the last two years will be coming shortly!

The word ‘vegan’ was coined in 1944, after members of the Leicester Vegetarian Society became frustrated with the group’s refusal to consider a ‘non-dairy vegetarian’ section for its newsletter. Its creator, Donald Watson, chose the term to mark “the beginning and end of vegetarian”, replacing the ungainly ‘non-dairy vegetarian’ and other contenders such as ‘benevore’ and ‘beaumangeur’. …


This article was originally published on 13th May 2019 at Jericho Online. Reproduced here with full permissions.

From the UN in 2017 to the EU in 2018, we have become accustomed to organisations and countries declaring ‘war on plastic waste’. However, less considered is a ‘war over plastic waste’ — a prospect which has been building in recent years and now threatens to boil over, potentially stretching already tense global diplomacy to breaking point.

Unlike the war on plastic waste, this hypothetical is not entirely figurative. In April, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte declared “Let’s fight Canada. We’ll declare war against…

Sam Peters

Architect by training, critical care researcher by trade, and activist by nature. Mainly write on environmental/social/political issues from a green/left angle.

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