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Majority of UK children want to be meatless, survey finds

A survey of 1,000 children revealed the eating habits of young people in the UK and how they could change.

A new survey has shown that more than 20% of children are already vegans or wish to become vegans in the future.

The survey was conducted by BBC Good Food this summer, and interviewed 1,000 children aged 5 to 16.

The results revealed that 8% of children were on a vegan diet, while an additional 15% would like to switch to a vegan diet in the future.

13% of those surveyed were following a vegetarian diet and 21% wanted to give up meat, which means that only 43% of children showed interest in continuing to eat meat in their future.

The kids were also asked how they would like to see the food industry evolve over the next decade.

44% said they would like to see no plastic packaging on food. However, only 37% believed it would happen.

Other findings

Among the children interviewed:

73% said they would like to try different types of food

68% of children know how to make toast

59% of children said they had baked goods during the pandemic

74% agreed they would like to cook more at home

One in four children would like food to be delivered by drones in the future

1 in 14 children would like an insect-based diet in 10 years

The results indicate that so-called ‘picky eaters’ may not be such a barrier for kids to become vegans as one might expect.

Christine Hayes, editor-in-chief of BBC Good Food, said: “It was fascinating to study children’s eating habits, behaviors and opinions regarding food.

“The results are revealing and show that far from being picky eaters, children want to take over the country’s kitchens – cook and prepare meals, try different types of food.

“They are passionate about exploring alternative diets and food production methods that could be more sustainable for the planet.”

A well-planned vegan diet can be healthy and nourishing for people of all ages, including young children.

Learn more about raising children on a vegan diet.