Do any of these dishes sound familiar? Mock meat made of shiitake mushrooms; fish meat from seaweed and soy; cheese and mayonnaise made of cashew, and ice cream made of coconut milk.
If you have yet to encounter them in your meals, better prepare your palates for the coming wave of meatless diets. And take note, it’s not a seasonal thing—like fasting for Lent. This one’s for keeps, and it’s the millennials who are serving them up.
Several surveys, including those from the Chicago-based food research firm Technomic, The Vegan Life Magazine and the Vegan Society, showed that millennials—people born between the 1980s and 2000s—are increasingly going meatless.
Bev Caluma, 22, an English teacher, FX trader and mountaineer started dropping meat from her diet in 2012. In July last year, she adopted a vegan diet and lifestyle devoid of animal products, such as leather clothes, shoes and accessories. Bev said the switch would hopefully “improve [her] health and athletic performance, and minimize [her] impact on the environment.”
Yeye Baron, 20, a senior journalism major from Centro Escolar University-Manila, has been vegetarian for over a year. A video by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) made her “realize the value of embracing a kinder life.” Becoming vegan is her next goal, Yeye said, “because I can’t stand any form of animal atrocity. And I want to do something for our environment.”
Australian ultramarathoner Wayde Nash, 34, who has been living in Vietnam as an English teacher and “house husband,” began his vegetarian journey at 15. He then went vegan. “I don’t need animal products to be strong and healthy, so why should animals suffer for something that is unnecessary?” he asked.
Yvonne Liboro, 23, decided to go vegan last year after watching Erin Janus’ documentary “Dairy is F**king Scary.”