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With light finally being shed on the ethical, environmental, and health issues that the meat industry brings to the table, greater awareness is spreading worldwide. which is driving more individuals to consider or fully take on a plant-based diet.

According to livekindly.com, vegan-related searches on Google increased by 90 percent in 2016. A year later in 2017, 6 percent of the U.S. population identified themselves as vegan, a notable increase from 1 percent in 2014. The U.K. is now consuming 50 percent less beef, Portugal’s vegetarian population grew by 400 percent, non-dairy alternatives take up 40 percent of dairy products, and the demand for vegetarian food has increased by 987 percent worldwide.

There is no doubt that plant-based diets are going mainstream globally and studies say that the demand will continue expanding.

In their own words, 8 young Filipinos share why they decided to make the switch.

Bianca Cruz

Features Writer

A 21-year old former fashion student who left school to search for a different direction. She started her personal blog in May 2017 where she writes mostly about women empowerment and her life. The "struggling vegan, triggered feminist, self-proclaimed environmentalist, Facebook social justice warrior, and everything else you find annoying" blogger now writes for the Asian Journal! She is very excited for the things to come and wishes to continue to tell the world her stories in the hopes of sending a positive message.

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