In the heart of the Author Rob, meat is murder. He has not knowingly eaten meat since February 28, 2001. He is almost vegan, but dairy sometimes sneaks by.
Vegetarianism is a choice made by a meaningful, if not substantial portion of Americans. Perhaps as many as 10% of Americans consider themselves as vegetarians[i] Statistics also demonstrate that about one-quarter of vegetarians are vegan. Vegans eschew all animal products including eggs, milk and cheese.
The number of vegetarians is growing. And the number of people that are “vegetarian inclined” has also grown. There are very reasons for a vegetarian diet. Some do it because a vegetarian diet is usually more healthy. Some, like the Author Rob, do it for moral reasons. Living beings do not need to die or suffer so that he may live. For others, the reason might be religious or spiritual. And the properly educated people also recognize that the meat and diary industry do emit a substantial portion of global warming gases and foul waterways with animal waste.
SANS MEAT. MUCHO MONEY?
Well, this is an economics and investment newsletter. And as readers might be expecting, there are investment opportunities in the meatless world. A group of vegan investigators, who call themselves the “Vegan Mafia,” are jumping on the chance to grow this industry. In a recent article on CNBC, Met the 'vegan mafia,' a secret group of investors betting on the future of food,” a group of investors, entrepreneurs, and financiers are pouring funds into meatless business opportunities. And these companies aren’t solely aimed at vegans. They seek to substitute for ivory and rhinoceros horns.
The best-known start-ups in the space include Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, which make plant-based meat-like and cheese-like products; and Pembient, which bioengineers wildlife products in a lab, like rhino horn and elephant ivory.[ii]
Several matters conflate to produce these investment opportunities. One is the expanding market for vegetarians and vegans. Also, vegetarian and vegan foods are cheaper[iii] and healthier. Another investment source will be meat producers and grocery chains seeking to cross produce, shut down upstarts and improve supply chains. And finally, as most observers can see, the current meat and dairy cartel is unsustainable, especially when one considers that as nations emerge economically, their citizens wish to eat meat, seafood and poultry.
SO WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?
Well for the Author Rob, it is his one if his deepest moral commitments. But for retail investors, vegan investments are slim. There are a handful of companies in that space, but the industry is immature and unpredictable. Here is a list of vegan companies.http://investsnips.com/list-of-publicly-traded-vegan-companies/
A better investment would be going vegetarian seeking returns in your health, the environment, and the hideous suffering that billions of animals suffer for the voluntary dietary choices of a “higher” animal.
WITH IRRIGATION, THE DESERT OF THE REAL BLOOMS IN EVERY SEASON!
[i] Accurate statistics on vegetarianism in America is hard to come by. People often over-report. Also, many people consider themselves vegetarian, but occasionally eat chicken or seafood. http://www.statisticbrain.com/vegetarian-statistics/ A small cohort of vegetarians get drunk and “fall of the wagon.” They eat burgers when bombed.
[iii] Currently, many vegan products are more expensive than their animal looted competitors. But this will change as the markets for these products grow. It takes approximately 24 pounds of grain to produce a pound of meat. If one takes out “the middle man (mammal),” as farmers often gripe, food prices would plummet. Most farmland would become unnecessary and would revert to forest, plains and wetland. Waterways would quickly clean and clear. It would be Edenic.