THIS Is Weird (But It May Work!)

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So, I read some, uh, interesting vegan-related news this past Monday, and I felt like sharing it with you all.

I mean, if it works, I don’t see any reasons to complain about it, but it certainly makes you wonder about people, their priorities, and their mental health.

In fact, you could be forgiven for thinking this is some sort of April Fools’ joke… but, alas, the article that I will be sharing was published 65 days too soon.

Apparently, Oxford University scientists have developed a bacon-scented patch to help people go vegan. Yes, you heard that right, a bacon-scented patch.

The patch is similar in size to a nicotine patch, except it features an illustration of two interlocked strips of bacon.

Whenever the wearer scratches the patch, it will release the scent of bacon. This, in turn, is supposed to help the wearer “imagine” they’re actually eating bacon when, in fact, they are not. The patch is recommended to be used while eating a meal.

This sort of reminds me of those Scratch ‘N Sniff stickers that I used to collect, and force my mother to smell, as a kid. They came in all sorts of weird scents, some were even quite offensive.

Only this “sticker” is for adults; some of whom even possess an… um… erotic-level of addiction to the cured pork product that, arguably, could warrant a psych eval. Alrighty then.

Oxford Professor Charles Spence, who designed the patch, claims that a body of evidence suggests that scent can reduce food cravings. The patch enters the testing stage in Reading, Liverpool, and Leeds this week.

Those are all cities in England, for the geographically-unaware.

This invention is certainly odd, at least in my opinion, but, hey, if it works it works, right? After all, there are people like everyone’s favorite genius, male model, musician, mercenary, hitman, marksman, martial artist, powerlifter, CIA agent, alien hybrid, etc., Mr. Jason Bloho, who couldn’t maintain his vegan diet due to meat cravings, or so he once claimed.

It’s also no wonder that a product like this is being introduced at this point in time.

Especially when you consider that in the UK alone interest in veganism had grown 7-fold between 2014 and 2019, according to Google Trends data.

In fact, The Economist even called 2019 the “year of the vegan”.

Furthermore, plant-based meat alternatives did great in the market in 2019.

And this brings me to a brand-spankin’-new series of Gallup polls released Monday and Tuesday of THIS week that I thought was worthy of share!

Gallup revealed that 41% of U.S. adults have tried plant-based meat alternatives. Of that figure, 39% were men and 43% were women. Furthermore, 42% were white and 38% were “non-white” (blanket term). Age-wise, 50% fell into the 30-49 age range, with the second largest group being aged 18-29 at 47%. And for a few more interesting tidbits, 54% earned 6-figures or more, 48% lived on the west coast, and 49% lived in the ‘burbs vs. 38% in cities and 39% in the countryside. I found the latter very interesting, as it shows the reach of plant-based alternatives beyond just the often progressive metropolises.

It was also fantastic to see that 12% of fellow Republicans have been consuming LESS meat over the past year than years prior!

You see, as one of the few (or perhaps only) right-wing vegan YouTubers, it has become one of my goals to create a “space” for right-wing vegans in an overwhelmingly leftist movement.

And I’d like to think my efforts have made SOME kind of impact.

As for the top reasons that people have cited for consuming less meat, 70% claimed health, followed by the environment at 49%, followed by food safety at 43%, and finally animal welfare at 41%. Convenience, popularity, and religion all played relatively minor roles in comparison.

I’ve linked to those Gallup results at my blog, which is linked below, for those interested.

In any case, what do you think of this patch invention? Do you think it could work?

Do leave your thoughts and comments below, and stir up discussion.

REFERENCES:

A bacon-scented patch has been developed to help people go vegan https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/bacon-scented-patch-vegan-131019266.html

Statistics | The Vegan Society https://www.vegansociety.com/news/media/statistics

2019 the Year of the Vegan – The Economist https://worldin2019.economist.com/theyearofthevegan

Quick Service Burger Buyers Mix It Up Between Plant-Based and Beef https://www.npd.com/wps/portal/npd/us/news/press-releases/2019/quick-service-burger-buyers-mix-it-up-between-plant-based-and-beef/

Nearly One in Four in U.S. Have Cut Back on Eating Meat https://news.gallup.com/poll/282779/nearly-one-four-cut-back-eating-meat.aspx

Four in 10 Americans Have Eaten Plant-Based Meats https://news.gallup.com/poll/282989/four-americans-eaten-plant-based-meats.aspx

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