2018 best cities for vegetarians and vegans

With World Vegan Day coming up on November 1st and research showing that skipping meat can save the average person at least $750 per year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Best Cities for Vegans & Vegetarians as well as accompanying videos.

In addition to saving money, if you believe that humans are able to change the direction of global warming, the IPCC’s SR15 report just came out and confirmed that going vegan is crucial in that effort. This has been known for years; however, many of my climate alarmist friends continue to eat meat and drink dairy while cursing at the fossil fuel industry. Seems a bit hypocritical. Regardless, even if you don’t live in or near the cities mentioned below, there is no reason 99+% of the U.S. population cannot change over to eating vegan. I did it in 1994 and much to my mother’s surprise, I haven’t keeled over dead from a lack of protein. I would dare say that I am healthier than the average 53-year-old male with a higher level of testosterone and great blood circulation. So go vegan for your health, the planet, and the animals. I am also living proof one can be a libertarian while being a vegan.

To determine the best and cheapest places for following a plant-based diet, WalletHub compared the 100 largest cities across 16 key indicators of vegan- and vegetarian-friendliness. The dataset ranges from the share of restaurants serving meatless options to the cost of groceries for vegetarians to salad shops per capita.

Top 20 Cities for Vegans & Vegetarians
1 New York, NY 11 Washington, DC
2 Portland, OR 12 Tampa, FL
3 Orlando, FL 13 Chicago, IL
4 Seattle, WA 14 Phoenix, AZ
5 San Francisco, CA 15 Miami, FL
6 Los Angeles, CA 16 Atlanta, GA
7 Austin, TX 17 Anaheim, CA
8 Scottsdale, AZ 18 Nashville, TN
9 San Diego, CA 19 Houston, TX
10 Las Vegas, NV 20 Madison, WI

Best vs. Worst

  • Scottsdale, Arizona, has the highest share of restaurants serving vegetarian options, 33.44 percent, which is 16.8 times higher than in Laredo, Texas, the city with the lowest at 1.99 percent.
  • Scottsdale, Arizona, has the highest share of restaurants serving vegan options, 20.23 percent, which is 37.5 times higher than in Newark, New Jersey, the city with the lowest at 0.54 percent.
  • San Francisco has the most community-supported agriculture programs (per square root of the population), 0.0128, which is 18.3 times more than in Houston, the city with the fewest at 0.0007.
  • New York has the most salad shops (per square root of the population), 0.2510, which is 42.5 times more than in Laredo, Texas, the city with the fewest at 0.0059.

 

Will Fake Honey Save the Bees?

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On Friday, February 12, 2016, Shark Tank, the investment television show, featured two nice ladies from Minnesota and their product “Bee Free Honee,” honee made from apples.

Is cheap, vegan honee a good idea? Perhaps but I was less than convinced by one of the arguments the ladies made for their honee — it will save bees! The ladies argued that reducing the demand for honey will encourage bee farmers to not work the bees so hard thus increasing their numbers.

I was expecting the acerbic Kevin O’Leary to have a field day with this economic fallacy. Or maybe, I thought, Mark Cuban will throw a dash of common sense into the tank. But no, all the Sharks cooed about this mad scheme. So it is up to me.

Reducing the demand for honey reduces the demand for honey bees. A cheap, high-quality substitute for honey doesn’t mean a world of bees gently pollinating flowers in an idyllic landscape — it means a beepocolypse. Bee free honee will save bees the same way the internal combustion engine saved horses.

You may be concerned about colony collapse disorder. Well, the commercial beekeepers are even more concerned, and they have been adapting to CCD and maintaining honey production and pollination services.

In fact, there are more bee colonies in the United States today (latest data) than there have been anytime in the last 20 years. CCD is still a problem, but it’s the demand for honey and pollination services that incentivizes solutions to the problem. Remember, without honey, it’s only a hobby.

(Perhaps the ladies have a sophisticated position on the Repugnant Conclusion, but I doubt it.)

A version of this post first appeared at Marginal Revolution.

Alex Tabarrok


Alex Tabarrok

Alex Tabarrok is a professor of economics at George Mason University. He blogs at Marginal Revolution with Tyler Cowen.

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Are you going to take charge of your health in 2015 with the Engine 2 diet?

My Beef with Meat by Rip Esselstyn available on Amazon.
My Beef with Meat by Rip Esselstyn available on Amazon.

 

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THE ENGINE 2 DIET® – a new you for 2015

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Vegan cuisine aims for the mainstream

FORTUNE — It’s the “V” word you’re hearing more and more often these days, and it’s steadily making its way into your local food court.
With growing demand for vegan-oriented products, or products containing no eggs, dairy, or animal protein, a growing number of companies are expanding their reach to leave animal-product-averse customers stuffed and satisfied.

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New study suggests eating vegan is solution to global warming

A new study released yesterday suggests one of the major causes of global warming is the human consumption of cattle and other meat. Meat for human consumption as opposed to fruit and vegetable production causes more chemicals released into the atmosphere which have global climate warming capabilities.

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