Hungry for vegan love? It might be time to give try this plant-based dating app
If you spent yesterday wishing that you had a plant-based god or goddess with whom to split a Purezza pizza, we may have just the app for you.
Grazer is a dating app aimed at introducing vegan and vegetarian singletons.
Founded by Lewis Foster, it was re-launched last month after receiving funding from the Cowspiracy and What The Health director, Kip Anderson.
The key thing about Grazer is that it isn’t for everyone – it’s designed specifically for plant-based people who also want their mates and lovers to be plant-based too. Whether you’re a recent convert, a raw food nut or lifelong veggie, it’s an app which is designed to help you connect with like-minded folk.
So why did former-film director Lewis decide to set up Grazer?
Lewis said that after going vegan in 2010, he was asked to pitch on a KFC advert – and that sparked an awakening.
‘I knew I had to do something more in line with my values and I had a burning desire to push veganism further into the mainstream…so I started brainstorming vegan problems,’ he says.
‘From being in the community, I heard people joke about how hard vegan dating was (especially from women) and it stuck with me. How do you find someone you like that only makes around 2% of the population? It’s tough out there.’
Fast forward to 2016, Lewis ditched his career in film, moved back home with his parents and poured his savings into creating the app.
The issue, many single vegans will tell you, is the unbalanced gender divide. Chances are that you know a plant-based woman or two… but how many male vegans are you friends with?
Lewis explains: ‘Vegan women are definitely leading the plant-based charge, with evidence suggesting that 63% of vegans are female.
‘That 13% difference throws the dating dynamic in a slightly unusual position. All of a sudden, straight vegan men are in hot demand and the straight vegan women are left to compete for the endangered vegan man.
‘We see the same trend but on a slightly reduced scale on Grazer. Around 55% of our users are women – which is really unique for a dating app.’
Oh good, so if you’re after a straight vegan dude to date, then you’d better get limbering up – because you’ve got some competition.
But should we really be limiting ourselves to dating each other, or should we as veggies and vegans try to effect change by socialising with people who aren’t yet on board with plant-based living?
Lewis tells us that uniting a community can help it to spread its ideas.
‘That has always been our fundamental aim with Grazer – to be a connector that catalyses action,’ he says, ‘to spread veganism further into the mainstream and help bring about a more peaceful and healthy planet. I think socialising among ourselves is actually vital if we want to accelerate our growth.’
So if you’re hungry for some plant-based lovin’, get grazing on Grazer.