Israel - A Vegan Nation
Jerusalem, Israel. 28th July, 2016. A lab technician handles cultured tissue at the Life Sciences Faculty of the Hebrew University, working closely with SuperMeat, an Israeli biotechnology startup, in developing the technology to organically create cultured meat from chicken cells in a safe and controlled environment, external to the animal's body as a viable replacement for animal meat. Israel, considered "the vegan capital of the world", has the highest per capita vegan population in the world. About five percent have given up meat, dairy and eggs for ideological reasons. The trend has also taken hold in the Orthodox community where the new converts use Jewish sources to argue against meat consumption.