In 2007 the book Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow’s Big Changes by Mark J. Penn and Kinney Zalesne reported that the number of vegan children is growing.
Just a few days ago, the Washington Post claimed there were about 924,000 vegan kids in the US and that a “growing number of children and adolescents are consciously opting for a vegetarian diet.”
But some people doubt that. Cattlenetwork is claiming the reported growth is too sudden to be real. So let’s take a look at what might cause an increase in vegan children to see if this spike is possible.
Factors that contribute towards the increase of vegan children:
Microtrends reported these factors:
- Increased social acceptance of vegetarianism and veganism
- More meat alternatives and other vegan products available
- Vegan and vegetarian parents who raise their children as vegans
- Parents who value individuality and compassion and let children make their own kind choices
- Prevalence of information about animals and the environment
The Microtrends authors even comment:
“In fact, if you think about it, what’s really remarkable is not so much that more and more kids are becoming vegan and vegetarian – but that kids today eat as many animals as they do.”
I have to agree with the authors! It’s rather astonishing that there aren’t more vegan children. But I think if we just keep doing what we’re doing – promoting compassion, raising our own children as vegans, and increasing the availability of vegan foods – we’ll be living in a very vegan-friendly society in no time!