Vegetarianism is on the rise in Australia
The growing trend towards vegetarianism is making a strong growth in Australian with the increase growing (according to the Roy Morgan Research report )from 9.7% of the population to 11.2% between 2012 to 2016, with New South Wales alone growing to 30% of its population predominately eating vegetables.
As it did in 2012, Tasmania leads the nation with the highest proportion of residents who eat little or no meat (12.7%, up from 12.2%), while Queensland (9.2%, up from 8.3%) retains the distinction of being the state least inclined towards vegetarianism.
Where Australia’s vegetarians live: 2012 vs 2016
Source: Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia), April 2011-March 2012 (n=19,167); April 2015-March 2016 (n=14,380)
Why does a country full of grazing livestock turn to vegetarian?
Roy Morgan’s data revealed while 60.7% of Australian adults have a Body Mass Index that qualifies as overweight or obese, this figure drops to 45.4% of those whose diet is mostly or totally vegetarian.
The move to vegetables has been increased with large influences to the move being both lifestyle & affordability. Although most opting for the vegetable alternatives will and do still eat meat, they just dont choose to eat it daily, using legumes & lentils etc as the alternative. Is it time to increase the variety and offerings in the cafe/restaurant markets to accommodate the increase in vegetarianism? A strong move in the hospitality industry towards the vegetarian lines has been prevalent for many years with some famous NSW restaurants chosing to move across completely to a vegetarian menu.
Soul Burger in Sydney launched recently as the "first gourmet plant-based burger joint" and is a leading example of this change.
Rhyme St has developed a new range of vegan/vegetarian lines that will assist in our states changed dietary needs, we have added a few recipes below for you to try at home.