In the midst of an intensifying global pandemic, Israel has begun to embrace vegetarian meals as a viable and viable option for the country’s citizens.
“This is the first time that we have started to have such a conversation,” said Dr. Eliyahu Tzur, a health and human sciences professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
“It’s a new beginning, and it’s a positive one.”
The idea of a vegan diet has gained traction in recent years, and a survey published in 2015 by the Israeli daily Haaretz found that only 7% of Israelis were vegetarian, but that the number of vegans had risen dramatically.
Tzurg, who has studied the issue extensively, said that the rise in veganism in Israel “has been a great thing” in terms of reducing deaths from the virus.
“It’s about a shift, and we have the opportunity to change the way we eat,” he said.
“People can choose to eat a vegan or a vegetarian diet.”
Tzur added that the country has not only changed its stance toward eating meat, but also its attitude toward meat.
“We are still against the consumption of animal products,” he added.
Tzurg said that although the government has not yet made any formal changes regarding veganism, it will continue to focus on promoting a more holistic approach.
“Our goal is to make our country a very healthy place,” he continued.
“I believe the world is watching us.”
Tzedakah, the holiday for the celebration of the Sabbath, is celebrated in Israel on the first Sunday in July.
In recent years it has become a popular way to mark the Jewish holiday.
According to Tzuri, Israeli authorities have been aware of the increasing popularity of veganism for some time.
“They see a need to be more visible and to speak more to the public,” he told The Jerusalem Times.
The new dietary policy also includes encouraging veganism among young people, which Tzuru noted is a key factor in the country achieving this trend.
“What we’re doing is encouraging people to become more active in their vegan diet,” he noted.
“For young people who are not very active, the consumption is not that high, but it’s important for them to be involved in it.”
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), as of April 2018, around 14.5 million people around the world were vegan, representing 5% of the global population.
The United States, Canada, and Israel are the countries with the largest vegan populations, while India has the highest number of vegan citizens.
According to TZur, veganism is now an everyday part of Israeli society.
“The vegan lifestyle is becoming more and more popular,” he explained.
“As a nation, we are making a great step forward.”
Tzeur said that Israel is also looking at other ways to encourage veganism.
“In order to change society and the public’s attitude towards the disease, we need to introduce new ideas to change people’s mentality,” he stressed.
“To achieve this, we have to educate more people.”