Meghan Markle Gives MEAT the Royal Snub | LIVEKINDLY


– [Narrator] Here are five reasons Meghan Markle’s flexitarianism matters. – Five things I always have in my fridge, hummus, carrots, ’cause I love them and so does my dog, Bogart, strangely, a green juice, almond milk for sure and chia seed pudding which
I made every single week. – [Narrator] The Duchess
of Sussex is passionate about environmentalism and animal welfare. She doesn’t follow a vegan lifestyle but she doesn’t eat much meat either. This makes her a flexitarian,
a term coined for those who follow a mostly plant-based diet but occasionally eat meat and dairy. Markle told Best Health in 2016, “I try to eat vegan during the week “and then have a little
bit more flexibility “with what I dig into on the weekends, “but at the same time
it’s all about balance.” Markle’s attitude towards
food is commonplace in the UK. FoodNavigator reported in
October 2019 that flexitarians will make up half the
British population by 2025. It’s expected that a quarter
of Brits will be vegan or vegetarian by then, too. It’s not just the UK,
nearly 114 million Americans pledged to eat more plant-based
foods throughout 2019. In Sweden, 30% of young people are eating more plant-based foods. In Denmark, 8% of Millennials identify themselves as flexitarian. In China, 39% of consumers are actively reducing
their meat consumption. So, could you join them and go flexitarian or maybe even vegan? Here are the five reasons why Markle’s flexitarianism is important. Number one, she has got people talking about the vegan lifestyle. By talking about vegan food
and her flexitarian lifestyle, Markle has helped bring the vegan movement into the mainstream. She’s not alone, stars like Beyonce also regularly talk about flexitarianism. Starpower draws attention
to the lifestyle. It makes it look desirable and ultimately makes
eating plants popular. Markle and Prince Harry’s
wedding helped put veganism in the spotlight. The bride wore a cruelty-free
dress for her reception made by vegan designer Stella McCartney. The Royal couple’s
photographer Alexi Lubomirski is an ethical vegan, and their wedding album even
includes Vromage vegan cheese, a favorite from Markle’s days
of living in Los Angeles. Her affinity for the
cheese stayed with her after moving to England and she requested that the business be included
in the royal wedding album. Markle is not the only
member of the royal family who follows a flexitarian lifestyle. Prince Charles has regular meat-free days. In 2017, he launched an initiative to evolve the food system. It aims to bring long-forgotten
plant-based foods back in a bid to help farmers move away from unsustainable monocultures. Princess Beatrice has
adopted a plant-based diet. According to The Mail on Sunday, in celebration of her new lifestyle she threw a vegan birthday party. Lady Amelia Windsor, the
23-year-old granddaughter of the Duke of Kent
could also be considering a plant-based diet. She asked her Instagram followers for tips on how to go vegan. Number two, it’s helping
to save the planet. Animal agriculture has
devastating consequences for the environment. The United Nations said in 2018, that tackling meat consumption is the world’s most urgent problem. The meat industry is
responsible for high levels of greenhouse gas emissions
and deforestation. The Amazon rain forest fires
were caused by cattle ranchers. They were clearing the
land for beef production. Increasing temperatures have also led to the devastating bushfires in Australia. By ditching meet during
the week, Markle’s helping to reduce the demand for animal products. She’s not alone, people around the world are reducing their meat
intake for the planet. It’s a good place to start,
but according to Joseph Poore, the lead researcher of the
biggest food production analysis at Oxford University, the most
environmentally friendly way to eat is to follow a vegan diet. Poore told the Guardian, “A vegan diet “is probably the single biggest
way to reduce your impact “on planet Earth, not
just green house gases, “but global acidification, eutrophication, “land use and water use. “It as far bigger than
cutting down on your flights “or buying an electric car,”
he said, “since these methods “only cut greenhouse gas emissions.” He continued, “Agriculture
is a sector that spans “all the multitude of
environmental problems. “Really it is animal products “that are responsible
for so much of this.” – In the foreground is a beef farm, in the background is
the Amazon rainforest. And if you look at this
farm from satellite imagery, what you see is it’s just one
of millions of farms in Brazil carved out of what was pristine rainforest only 10, 20, or 50 years ago. – [Narrator] Markle and Prince Harry are supportive of environmental causes. They urge their social media followers to support 17-year-old Swedish vegan climate change activist Greta Thunberg. – Many people, actually I should say many adults dismissed her, yet today millions upon
millions of young people have joined her fight. – [Narrator] Youth climate
activist organization This is Zero Hour, primatologist and environmentalist
Doctor Jane Goodall, climate change focused organization The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, and wildlife conservation organization Elephants Without Borders were among the other Instagram accounts Markle and Prince Harry
encourage fans to follow and learn more about. “There’s a ticking clock
to protect our planet,” they wrote on their
Instagram page Sussex Royal. Only now we are starting to
notice and understand the damage we’ve been causing, but
nearly 7.7 billion people inhabiting this Earth, every
choice, every footprint, every action makes a difference. Markle’s father-in-law
Prince Charles is very vocal about environmental issues. He’s even tried to
convince President Trump that climate change exists. Number three, flexitarianism is boosting the vegan food market. Plant-based food is no
longer the niche category that once took up barely
any space in grocery stores. More consumers are interested in cutting back on animal products for their health and the environment. In fact, flexitarian
demand is helping to boost the vegan market in general. According to vegan meat brand Beyond Meat, 93% of its customer base are meat-eaters. In August 2019, research
showed that meat-eaters had consumed 216 million vegan
burger so far in the year. – That patty is 100% plant-based protein. – [Together] No way. – Like no meat? – That’s plant? – [Narrator] Plant-based
burgers allow consumers to substitute without sacrifice. They get the burger experience,
while assuaging their need for more protein and social concerns. Darren Seifer, NPD food and
beverage industry analysts said in a statement, “The
findings echo previous studies. “According to Dining Alliance, “the largest purchasing organization “for restaurants in the U.S., “vegan meat sales
increased 268% last year, “primarily due to more realistic options “from Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods.” Supermarkets are seeing a similar trend. Nielsen data shows that 98%
of plant-based meat buyers also buy meat. “There is a seismic shift “occurring in eating habits globally, “creating a significant
market opportunity. “Most important, our research reveals “that for most consumers, this has moved “beyond experimentation
into a permanent change “brought on by health,
lifestyle and social factors,” said Greg Paul, marketing
leader for the beverage industry at DuPont Nutrition and Health. Number four, it’s better for your health. Markle’s lifestyle is
better for your health than eating a diet high in
processed animal products. The link between processed
meat, like bacon and sausages, and disease is well-documented. An Oxford University study revealed that eating three bacon strips a day could increase cancer risk by 20%. The study was conducted on
behalf of Cancer Research UK. Researchers analyzed half
a million people’s data over the course of six years. For every 10,000 people eating 21 grams of processed meat a day, for example, one slice
of ham or strip of bacon, 40 developed bowel cancer. For every 10,000 eating 76 grams a day, 48 were diagnosed with the disease. Red meat is also detrimental to health. One 2018 study analyzed the data of more than a 120,000 people, collected over the course of 26 years. It found that those who ate
the most inflammatory foods, such as processed and red meats, were 37% more likely to
develop colon cancer. They were also 70% more likely
to develop rectal cancer. high meat consumption can
also increase the risk of other health conditions, including type two
diabetes and heart disease. The vegan diet, on the other hand, has been shown to improve health. A study published in the
JAMA Internal Medicine studied the eating
habits of 77,000 adults, finding that those who
followed a plant-based diet could lower their chance of
developing rectal cancer by 29%. Cancer Research UK advertises the benefits of a meat-free diet on its website. Eating lots of processed and red meat can increase the risk of bowel cancer. If you’re eating lots, it’s a
good idea to try and cut down. When you cut down on meat,
there’s more room on your plate for high fiber foods like
veg, whole grains and pulses like lentils and beans, which
are all high fiber foods that reduce the risk of cancer. Research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that eating plant-based
could protect people against heart disease better than vitamin and mineral supplements. And Slovakian researchers
believe a plant-based NFI diet can reverse the symptoms
of type two diabetes. The diet does not emphasize
calorie restriction, but promotes eating
whole plant-based foods like beans, legumes,
fruits and vegetables. – She subscribed immediately, one of the first people to enroll, she followed the plans
perfectly, was very very active, never asked for a break, because she really cared about health and the way she wanted to improve. After five months she lost over 35 kilo, which is about 75 pound, she reduced all the medication, tablet medication completely. – [Narrator] “The diet was
developed over a few years. “Looking at the interactions
of chemicals within food “and what effect they have on the body,” David Hickman, one of the
co-founders of the NFI diet, told LiveKindly in an email,
“From this, a diet was designed “which when followed by patients
placed them into remission. “This is all types of type two diabetics “and with varying stages of the disease.” Number five, it reduces animal cruelty. Markle is against cruelty to animals. Over the past few years,
many reports have surfaced claiming that Prince Harry
has abstained from hunts, because of the duchess’s
concerns about animal cruelty. A Royal Insider told The Sun, Megan is a keen animal rights campaigner and doesn’t like hunting in any form. Like Markle, most people who eat meat are against animal cruelty,
but they don’t realize there’s a link between the two. 99% of meat, dairy and eggs in the U.S. come from factory farms. Figures from the Sentience Institute show that 70.4% of cows, 98.3%
of pigs, 99.8% of turkeys, 98.2% of egg-laying hens
and over 99.9% of chickens raised for meat come from factory farms. While there is limited data for fish, the study notes that based
on living conditions, virtually all us farmed
fish can be described as coming from factory farms. Factory farming is a cruel
way to raise animals for food. Animals are kept in close confinement and may never get to go
outside or see the sky. All animals raised for food face violence despite regulations. It’s a common practice to castrate piglets and dock their tails
just days after birth, according to the USDA’s
Swine Industry Manual. A Humane Society report revealed
that cattle raised for beef are often faced with castration and dehorning without anesthesia. Ultimately, if the demand for meat lowers, fever animals will
suffer in factory farms. Flexitarianism is a step on
the path to a kinder lifestyle. It is helping to carve
the way for food system that is compassionate towards animals, the planet and our health. What do you think? Are you trying at a flexitarian lifestyle or are you thinking of going vegan? Let us know in the comments below. Remember to subscribe and
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