Veganism is on the rise and it's time you got involved
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This year I took part in Veganuary. No this is not a spelling error, and whilst I am not a fan of modern culture's love for the amalgamation of words and phrases like 'Veganuary' or 'Brexit' (urgh *shudder*), the concept behind this new trend is an interesting one. For a long time Brits have decided in January to try something new or ditch something old in an attempt to get a fresh start and change for the better, and whilst many of us try dry January or start going to the gym only to stop after not very long, I'm here to tell you that veganism is one the rise and most people jumping on the train are not getting off in a month's time. In the UK, Vegan January had the biggest and most successful year yet, and this is part of a larger trend towards veganism. The tide is turning and it's here to stay. This has been largely helped by some very effective animal rights and environmental documentaries that have shown up on widely available platforms like Netflix and Youtube. The likes of Cowspiracy (funded by Leonardo di Caprio), Earthlings and Fork over Knife have gone a long way to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits. But it has gone past that - mainstream media and businesses are beginning to cotton on to the trend, as indicated by this article in the Huffington Post. For the first time in my life, I've seen articles about veganism on the main page of the BBC website and popping up in a number of major newspapers. But even this is just the tip of the snowball of change.
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