One legacy of the coronavirus will be more people eating less meat

By Nina Steele 

Eating less meatA week or so after panic buying reached the UK, one thing all the shoppers I met agreed on, was the sudden lack of meat everywhere they went. Both the supermarkets I shop at had none left by 11am. One man joked that he was now finding himself only having to eat beans and how boring that was. Joking aside, if my own experience is anything to go by, by the time this pandemic is over, many people will be eating less meat.

As one user of this website rightly said, the coronavirus is forcing everyone to be more creative with their meals. Suddenly, basic products such as dry pasta have become highly sought after because you can keep them in your pantry for longer. Before this crisis, pasta was something I rarely cooked. Now, I find myself making pasta dishes for lunch at least twice a week, and my husband, who is now working from home, loves this particular dish that I make. No meat. Just pasta and a sauce made of among other things, fried onion, garlic and tomato purée. Some olive oil mixed in once the pasta is cooked, with grated cheese on top. Simple and utterly delicious.

As I said in a previous article, the coronavirus is forcing us all to change whether we like it or not. We are being made to look at the way we live our lives in a way most of us haven’t done before. Suddenly, eating meat is no longer just about whether or not one can afford to. The shortage of meat in the early days of the pandemic has forced many people to rethink their eating habits. Yes things may get back to ‘normal’ once the pandemic is over, but who knows, this could turn out to be the new normal.

Indeed, only time will tell what happens next. My guess is that things will never be exactly the same post-coronavirus. I for one will be eating less meat than before. My husband has always been a proponent of eating less meat and so naturally, he is on board too.

At the beginning of this crisis, there were lots of jokes doing the rounds on social media about the fact that in spite of all the panic buying, vegetarian ready meals were still readily available. Some people even made a point of sharing pictures of supermarket shelves still full of those meals, while shelves nearby were all empty. With the impact the coronavirus is having on our way of life, making fun of vegetarians is no longer an option.

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