Why is Vegetarian Food Expensive?

I recently became a vegetarian however I didn’t wake up overnight with a sudden distaste for meat. It took a while to make the decision and, when mentioning my thoughts on becoming vegetarian, I got two questions: ‘How will you survive without meat?’ and ‘Won’t that be reallllly expensive?’ I’m thankful to announce I am… Read more »

by AaronBeavis 11 months ago

I recently became a vegetarian however I didn’t wake up overnight with a sudden distaste for meat. It took a while to make the decision and, when mentioning my thoughts on becoming vegetarian, I got two questions: ‘How will you survive without meat?’ and ‘Won’t that be reallllly expensive?’ I’m thankful to announce I am still alive but I do see where that second question comes from. Although the people around me did exaggerate, I have seen quite a lot of vegetarian food with questionable price tags. This mostly applies to meat substitutes which I personally eat as it isn’t the taste of
meat I dislike.

I’m not going to say that meat made from tofu or mycoprotein is easy to create but certain brands seem to have much higher prices than others. To be fair, these products all have a varying range of quality but I still found the price difference between these products overall and actual meat to be… suspicious. I then experienced something that sparked the idea of this article. I ordered a veggie burger from a place that sold a beef burger and chips for £1.40. I had to pay £1.80 for mine without chips. This establishment couldn’t even use the excuse that they were using fake meat as the burger itself was made of potato and vegetables. Was it delicious? Yes. I just think the difference in price between options for meat-eaters and vegetarians to be unacceptable.

I think I know why we are expected to spend so much money on these food items; because what else are we going to do? We don’t have a gigantic range of choice and not everyone can cook. If the latter applies to you, you can’t be creative and make some lovely stew out of vegetables and spices. Companies realise you have nowhere to turn but vegetarian food products from shops so it’s likely the prices are bumped up to capitalise on this fact. Luckily, there are a few brands out there that do good veggie food for good prices and, as the amount of vegetarians and vegans increases and so does the market for our food, prices will generally decrease to stay competitive. Additionally, learning how to cook some simple vegetable dishes wouldn’t hurt.