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A recent study of Australia’s eating habits determined that, as of 2016, 2.1 million Australians identified as meat-free eaters.

This amounted to 11.2 percent of the country’s population at the time of the study.

Additionally, as of March of 2016, 12.4 percent indicated that they ate an all, or mostly, meat-free diet.


The study determined that those who ate a meat-free or meat-reduced diet were more likely to live in major cities than rural areas.

The cities with the highest number of such eaters were Sydney, Hobart, and Melbourne.


As a result of changing dietary trends, Australia’s vegan food industry is seeing significant growth – with one plant-based entrepreneur describing such business as ‘booming’.

Industry Communications Director at Roy Morgan Research, Norman Morris said: “If they have not already, supermarkets and eateries would be wise to revisit their vegetarian-friendly options to ensure they are catering adequately for this growing – and potentially lucrative – consumer segment.”

Emily Court

Emily Court is a writer and content creator published in Plant Based News, Raise Vegan, Living Vegan and The Financial Diet. A self-described "recovering vegan hothead," she is now a pragmatic member of Vancouver's vibrant and growing plant-powered community. Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, she holds a BA in Spanish and certificate in Intercultural Communication from Dalhousie University, where her thesis focused on topics of cultural and gender-based discrimination. She aims to apply a privilege-conscious and culturally sensitive approach to her work in all fields.