Being Vegan in the Philippines

This year, China consumed 77.9 million tons of meat. Twice the number as that of the United States’, China’s appetite for beef, pork, mutton, goat, and chicken has been climbing tremendously over the past 30 years, spurred by phenomenal economic growth.

During the first quarter of 2013, the Philippines experienced 7.8% gross domestic product (GDP) growth, claiming for the country the top spot among its East and Southeast Asian neighbors: China came a close second, at 7.7%, while Indonesia took the third spot, at 6%.

Meat consumption in the Philippines has been steadily on the rise as well: in 2008, an average Filipino consumed 58 grams of meat products daily – 152% higher than in 1978. And with the country developing faster today, it may seem inevitable that the Filipino population will begin consuming more meat.

Except the collective efforts of passionate Filipino vegans like Marie, Jason, and Nancy could steer the country from becoming another China.

Read more: How to be Vegan in the Philippines: Three Filipino Vegans Tell Their Story

By Evan Tan

Evan Tan is a writer & communications professional based in Manila, Philippines.

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