National Older Veg*ns Day 1 October 2023
The United Kingdom has a rich history of vegetarianism and veganism, with pioneers of the UK movement residing in Manchester as early as the 18th century.
Salford’s first MP was notably a passionate vegetarian, as was suffragette Leonora Cohen. More recent advocates include British businessperson, Deborah Meaden, and racing car driver Sir Lewis Hamilton – both vegan.
It’s predicted that by 2025, a staggering one quarter of the UK is going to be vegan¹. People in later life are a major part of this recent boom. A recent British Social Attitudes Survey² suggests that older adults are twice as likely as 18–24-year-olds to have embraced meat reduction.
Chief Executive of V for Life, the UK charity specifically supporting older vegans and vegetarians, said: “V for Life has been compiling a fascinating archive telling the stories of veg*ns. We will showcase this, initially online, in time for National Older Veg*ns Day (1 October).
“Many members of the veg*n community have concerns around their ability to maintain their diets – which are central to their beliefs and identity – in later life. Research suggests that special diets are still not widely understood. Therefore, the opportunity to present their stories, at a time when the importance of personalised and dignified care is at the centre of social care agenda, is highly fitting.
“With the rich history along with present day popularity of meat-free diets, the exhibition will be highly relevant, giving a voice to vegans and vegetarians, past and present. We, like everyone, hold views and values that deserve to be respected.”
The exhibition will be live at vforlife.org.uk/veggievoices from 1 October 2023.