Meat-Loving Byrdie Readers Tell Us What It Would Take to Make Them Go Vegan



Only 0.5% of the American population identifies as vegan, which, as a vegan, I find mind-boggling. I've been eating a (mostly) plant-based diet for almost three years, and after becoming educated about the enormously negative impacts the meat and dairy industries have on animals and our environment, I couldn't just continue supporting them. For me, the health aspect of being vegan (for example, the lowered cholesterol and inflammation, the lesser risk of obesity and Type 2 diabetes) isn't a top priority, but for some folks, it definitely is. There are just so many benefits to a plant-based lifestyle that sometimes it's hard for me to see why so few Americans choose to follow it even partially.

But progress can't happen without mutual understanding. I've written tons of articles about my decisions to go vegan in order to help (gently) educate curious readers about how it can change your life and the world for the better. Still, I figured it was time to let non-vegans speak their truth. I asked 12 Byrdie readers and colleagues to give me the number one reason they haven't committed to a plant-based lifestyle—the ultimate barrier or challenge putting them off of veganism. I was interested to find that the two most popular reasons were A) lack of education about what it takes to get complete nutrition on a vegan diet and B) the fear that veganism is too inconvenient (because modern Americans do love their quick fixes). It was hard for me to listen to these arguments without chiming in with rebuttals, but this video by my favorite vegan YouTuber takes care of that.

Curious to learn what it would take for the average meat-eating American to go vegan? Just keep scrolling.