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The majority of meat, eggs, and dairy in high-income countries will be animal-free by 2050, according to a thought-leader in the vegan movement.

Jacy Reese is a writer, social scientist, and co-founder of the Sentience Institute. He made these comments in a speech at the International Animal Rights Conference this year.

He believes these products will largely plant-based or ‘clean’ – i.e. lab cultured in just over 30 years.

Jacy Reese believes the food system will change immensely in the coming decades

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While the Sentience Institute recognizes that animals are exploited and abused in various global industries, it focuses on the food system, because of the number of animals who are slaughtered by it. And Reese believes much progress has been made in this area.

“In the US movement now we don’t have to spend much time explaining to people that there is horrific cruelty in the food system. Instead, we have to tackle more practical challenges like ‘how do you get protein?’.

“While that sucks, it’s a big step forward from the moral discussion.

Watch Jacy Reese’s full speech on YouTube

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.