Nadia Murray Ragg

8 Super Easy Food Swaps For New Vegans

Did you know that meat can take up to 72 hours to break down and digest in the human body (mostly because it lacks fiber) whereas plants only take a few hours or less? By increasing your intake of plants, you also increase your fibre intake (meaning you *ahem*, poo more) and will probably experience a noticeable increase in energy levels. There are many ways that animal products can be easily substituted for a vegan alternative but to truly achieve a meat like texture and taste using only plant-based ingredients you have to think creatively and be prepared to get let...

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PÜR Launch 100% Vegan ‘My Little Pony’ Themed Make-Up Brushes

Remember not-so way back in the days of the 90’s when the ‘My Little Pony’ TV show theme song was the only song any cool kid knew? These times are making a come back, with the debut of a My Little Pony movie, due to hit theatres on October 6th. To get us excited for the upcoming release, PÜR Cosmetics are bringing us a My Little Pony inspired make-up set, which includes a dreamy, 6 piece set of vegan and 100% cruelty-free, ‘Pony Approved’ make-up brushes! Included in the $49 ‘Mane 6 Brush Set’ is a Powder Brush, Blush Brush, Concealer Brush,...

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5 Celebs Who Have Taken The 22 Day Vegan Challenge!

When Beyoncé’s personal trainer and world-known exercise physiologist, Marco Borges designed a highly nutritious vegan meal guide aimed at helping his clients perform at to their maximum potential, the 22 Day Nutrition Challenge was born. Marco believes that eating plant-based foods, will strengthen your immune system, improve gut health and reduce inflammation. (As well as making major plant-powered gains!) Psychologists have claimed that that it takes 21 days for a habit to develop. By adding an extra day, Marco believes that a major breakthrough is achieved in one’s mindset and commitment to a long-term vegan lifestyle develops. This 22 day...

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5 Reasons More Men Are Choosing A Plant-Based Diet

Statistics have shown that, currently, more women than men are vegan. This is partly due to the strong link between meat and masculinity that has prevailed in society. However, this appears to be changing, with more and more men moving to a plant-based diet, hopefully the stigma around vegan men is diminishing. With that in mind, here’s a few of the reasons why more men are choosing to eat a plant-based diet!   5 Reasons More Men Are Choosing A Plant-Based Diet 1. Agriculture Is Harming The Earth On 2nd August, the earth reached 2017’s  ‘World OverShoot Day’; the...

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5 Tips On How To Be Happy As A Vegan

A recent study by Bristol University, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, reported that non-meat consuming humans or humans who lack a balanced diet consumption, are twice as likely to develop depression than people who consume a balanced diet, including animal products. It can be debated whether this unfairly touts a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle or whether their claims of deficiencies in crucial vitamins and nutrients that lead to negative impacts on mental health, actually is worth considering while making your next meal. It should be noted that this study includes the possibility for switching to a vegetarian diet being...

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Impossible Foods’ CEO Makes Public Statement About Decision to Test on Animals

It was uncovered last week that Impossible Foods, producers of plant-based burgers which bleeds like meat, have tested their crucial burger ingredient, ‘soy leghemoglobin’ on rats. These tests involved force feeding the rats excessive amounts of soy leghemoglobin and studying the effects this had to their behaviour and organs. The results concluded this ingredient safe for human consumption, even in amounts far greater than we would ever consume, but the tests were not actually required to meet food safety standards by the FDA. Revelations of this animal testing sparked outrage from consumers, with many people questioning whether the products...

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Genetically Engineered Piglet Organs Used As Solution To Declining Public Health?

Staggeringly, more than 117,000 people in the US alone are waitlisted for organ transplants due to a huge shortage of organ availability. This sees 22 people die daily while they wait for a suitable organ to become available and a new person is added to the waiting list every ten minutes. It seems that scientists are currently putting their hope in genetically modified pigs. Just like primates, pigs’ organs are similar in function and size to human organs, as a result, many people are in favour of using pigs as organ donors. However, due to the risk of virus...

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Scientists Develop New System That Creates Protein From Air

Forget traditional proteins such as meat, lab-grown patties or veggie-based products, the latest protein on the market is made from solar energy! Recently, there has been an increasing awareness on the negative and detrimental impacts that animal agriculture has upon the environment, as well as concerns around health and animal welfare. Because farming animals for their meat, eggs and milk releases huge amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, humanity is speeding up climate change and warming the Earth. Massive amounts of resources such as water, food, land are required to produce agricultural products and chemicals or fertilisers are...

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10 of The Most Unusual Vegan Foods You May or May Not Want to Try

The sound of ‘vegan food’ comes with many common misconceptions such as being boring or that vegans can only eat dirt, grass and twigs (maybe an iced water if they’re really feeling adventurous). However, that certainly does not have to be the case as the variety of animal-free food available is bountiful, only growing by the day! These 10 rather quirky and uncommonly known foods are here to prove that plant-based foods are far from boring – prepare your palette if you’re brave enough to try! 10 of The Most Unusual Vegan Foods You May or May Not Want...

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Patrik Babmoumian, German Strongman: The Story of a Vegan Badass

Patrik Baboumian won the title of German Junior Bodybuilder, 1999 at the young age of 20 and his achievements didn’t stop there. His current titles include the world record for under 105kg log-lift with a 165 lift and the German record for heavyweight log-lift, which he was won 4 times consecutively. Further on in his athletic career, Baboumian increased in size and strength and started competing in European Powerlifting Competitions, enabling him to attain the European Open title in 2012 and setting personal bests of Bench 210kg, Squat 360kg, Deadlift 360kg. (Quite the paradox to the misconception of vegans being...

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SeaWorld Sales Down $175.9 Million As Blackfish Continues to Haunt Them

Blaming their second-quarter loss of $175.9 million on a reduction of advertising nationwide, ‘misconception’ of animal treatment at their parks and competitive pressure from rival theme parks (such as Universal and Disney), SeaWorld has experienced a large drop in attendance to their theme parks, with their stock since the beginning of the year falling by 28%. California’s SeaWorld park in particular has suffered major loss after the death of 3 month-old Kyara. Controversial theme park, came under major fire and criticism from the enraged public after the baby Orca Whale kept captive at SeaWorld’s San Antonio Park died prematurely...

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Top 10 Powerful Plant-Based Protein Sources To Pack Into Your Diet

The powerful nutrient protein is considered to be one of the main building blocks of life. When consumed, protein sources break down into amino acids which then repair and grow damaged cells. Protein takes longer to digest (break down) than fellow nutrient carbohydrates, so by eating protein-rich foods, you will feel fuller for longer; that’s why protein is often associated with weight-loss regimes. Little may you know, protein isn’t actually as hard to find as you think and a balanced plant-based diet will provide more than enough of your recommended daily allowance. That’s right – you can easily consume...

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Introducing ‘Lina’, The Eco-Friendly Electric Car Made From Plants

So, you’re eating that flax and sugar-beet and suddenly it crashes into you; your vehicle needs to be made from the same plant-based materials! This thought must have occurred to creators of ‘Lina’ from TU/ecomotive at University of Technology Eindhoven, – an electric car with a body made from plant-based materials. Production of the plant-based materials used to build this eco-friendly car require far less energy and resources than other materials used in current cars such as aluminium, making this particular vehicle more sustainable than other vehicles. Founders believe their sustainable, plant-based design is set to drastically reduce the...

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New Vegan Cold Cuts Make The Perfect Sandwich Filler!

Chickpea and red pepper or white bean and kale? The flavour combinations of Lightlife’s new vegetable deli slices are making our mouths water! Recently debuted, the veggie-formulated deli meats appear physically similar to traditional animal-derived cuts of deli meats so that consumers know exactly how to use these range of products. However, they still showcase the plant-based ingredients they are made from. Lightlife says that consumers should use these veggie meats in place of animal deli meats, including veggie deli slice sandwiches, in cobb salad or on crackers.  Director of marketing at Lightlife, Brad Lahrman has said “Our research...

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Impossible Burger Uses Ingredient Tested on Animals – Are They Still Vegan?

The Impossible Burger: a plant-based burger which tastes, smells, cooks and bleeds like meat. As recently revealed in their own report, Impossible Foods – producers of the Impossible Burger, tested ingredient soy leghemoglobin on rats by feeding them excessive amounts two years prior to product launch then again performed more tests in 2016. The report states that: “Every day, rats consumed the equivalent of more than 200 times the amount of heme, in the form of leghemoglobin, that the average American consumes daily from ground beef. In addition to daily observations of overall health, growth and behavior, a meticulous examination of...

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Couple Make Veganism Kool With ‘Kind Kones’ Dessert Bar

South-East Asia’s first vegan-friendly dessert bar? Kind Kones is exactly that and more. Husband and wife duo Serina and Ishpal Bajaj, who are the founders of the all vegetarian and mostly vegan desert bar, believe it’s the first of it’s kind in South-East Asia. Serina Bajaj, co-founder of Kind Kones says that this venture is all out of love for her daughter. “I used to make all these things at home, for my daughter. I feel it’s really important to teach our kids to eat healthy, chemical-free food. It’s all for my daughter, she’s my inspiration.”  Power-team founders, the...

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Yale’s Young Entrepreneurs Drive The Future of Vegan Convenience Food

Zoni Foods is a new startup company that has created frozen, plant-based meals, ready to be re-heated and eaten in only 10 minutes; straight from the packet which preserves the flavour and nutritional value of the meals. Yale students Nilofer Ahmed and Zoe Lloyd are the co-founders behind Zoni Foods, starting the initiative when they felt the need for convenient, healthy and affordable meals which require minimal cooking but taste like a truly home-cooked meal. Finding a gap in the marketplace, these forward-thinking, innovative Yale students went for it. “Young professionals are busy and spontaneous, they want the flexibility of having...

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Does Sunfed Meat’s ‘Chicken-Free Chicken’ Live Up To The Hype?

After months of patience-testing following the Seven Sharp TV segment, quite a hype was created in anticipation of the release of new New-Zealand product: SunFed Meats ‘Chicken-Free Chicken’… As imaginable, when the date finally clocked over to July 29th; a Saturday in New Zealand, the first thing on my mind was how fast could I get dressed and get to the supermarket. Turns out, I wasn’t the only one desperate to get my hands on this vegan ‘meat’, made from pea protein; there was only two left when I ran into Countdown, before 11am. Greedily buying up the last...

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Ne-Yo Inspired To Go Vegan By Documentary ‘What The Health’

Documentary What The Health has inspired a lot of people to go vegan following it’s release this year, and it looks like Ne-Yo is the latest celebrity to hop on the plant-based band wagon. The American singer-songwriter announced his decision on his social media accounts a few hours ago by posting a video of himself going shopping for vegan goodies. Watches #WhatTheHealth once…. pic.twitter.com/4YJckxwnHu — NE-YO (@NeYoCompound) 6 August 2017 This isn’t first time Ne-Yo has tried to make the change to a plant-based diet, in 2013 he announced that his New Year’s resolution was to go vegan. However, his attempt...

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Denmark’s Minister Says Animal Rights Comes Before Religion

Law amendments in Denmark have seen the end of the legal production of Kosher or Halal meats, which are currently exempted from current European animal welfare standards. Under Jewish and Islamic Law, Kosher or Halal meat means that the animal mustn’t be stunned before slaughter and is therefore conscious throughout the process. These religious laws are in conflict with current European regulations that state that an animal must be stunned prior to slaughter. However, it was announced last week that Denmark’s government is changing the law and banning this practice and this new law came into effect yesterday. Whilst...

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The Ultimate Guide to Pizza Hut’s Best Kept Vegan Secrets – Including Bacon?!

Let’s be real, who doesn’t love a good slice (okay, box…) of pizza?! The flavour combinations and ways in which ‘za can be made are just endless and now, thanks to our guide to ordering at the Hut, vegans in the UK can live that takeaway pizza life just as often as their non vegan pals. So, first things first! It’s all about that base. The Ultimate Guide to Pizza Hut’s Best Kept Vegan Secrets – Including Bacon?! BASES Hand Tossed Crust Pan Dough All American Thin Dough Flatbread Dough SEASONING Salted Pretzel Fiery Red Pepper Chili Flakes SAUCES Tomato...

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Dr Greger Claims Plant-Based Diets Equivalent To Quitting Smoking

Dr. Michael Greger M.D has recently stated that plant-based diets may just be the nutritional equivalent to quitting smoking. According to Dr. Greger, when it comes to reducing the risk of heart failure, developing cancer, having a stroke, diabetes or hypertension, a more effective, safer and cost-friendly alternative to medical intervention, is a change in lifestyle. Dr. Greger believes that given the correct conditions, the body is able to heal itself. For example, an adequate form of ‘treatment’ to cardiovascular disease is a change to one’s diet. Change in diet has also been proven to reduce one’s mortality rate without extensive or...

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Chicago’s Latest Vegan Bakery Opens

Chicago has some hidden vegan secrets which have just got better with the newly opened ‘Betty Bot’. Established vegan bakery, ‘Pie Pie My Darling’ gets a Chicago bakery friend! The first vegan bakery in Chicago, PPMD serves a wonderful range of fresh, hot vegan food such as cakes, cookies, pies, pastries and cupcakes. They are based in the Lakeview neighbourhood, in their semi-permanent premises (they are looking to expand in next few months to new premises) after gaining success as a pop-up stall and taking custom orders at markets for two years prior. Newly opened South Shore vegan bakery,...

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Huge Spike In Vegan Products Available In Korean Convenience Stores

The variety and availability of vegan products in Korean convenience stores, such as Ministop, 7-Eleven, CU and GS25, has significantly increased recently. Although the vegan population in Korea is still relatively small, the lifestyle has been generating huge popularity and has noticeably increased over the past few years. In the past, you would have been hard-pressed to find convenience products in mainstream stores that are free of animal products, but now it is rare to strike somewhere which isn’t stocked with vegan milk alternatives such as almond and soy, coconut water and snacks, including dried fruit, dried sweet potato,...

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Stan Kroenke Bans Trophy Hunting On His UK TV Channel

Following a huge number of complaints, Stan Kroenke’s TV Channel, “My Outdoor TV”, will no longer feature footage of trophy hunting on the UK channel. The channel was set to include a variety of shows from across the globe including footage of trophy hunting. The channel, ‘My Outdoor TV’ has been available in the US since 2016 and shows footage of hunters targeting endangered species, despite the fact that the population of these animals are threatened further through trophy hunting for souvenirs. However, the reception in the UK was incredibly negative. Chief operating officer of the Leauge Against Cruel...

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Ripple Launch New Milk And Announce Plans For Vegan Yogurt and Ice Cream

“Dairy Free As it Should Be” Vegan milk producer, Ripple Foods, who are popular for their well-packaged plant-based milks  have just debuted another flavour! This new line of milk is now available at 1000 retailers such as Target and Wholefoods Market and comes in the form of a ‘half & half’ blend. “We noticed the current options were a bit limited in terms of texture, flavor, and healthy fats. Our goal was to create a creamy, delicious product with a healthy plant-based fat content that works well both in coffee and while cooking or baking.” – Adam Lowry, Co-founder...

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Game of Thrones ‘Missandei’ Reveals How She Gets Her Protein on a Vegan Diet

British actress Nathalie Emmanuel, who plays ‘Missandei’ on hit HBO fantasy television show Game of Thrones has been a proud vegan all along! Who knew, that while we binged on Game Of Thrones, the actress and Speedo ambassador who plays star character dubbed ‘Khaleesi’s fit mate’ thrives on a plant based lifestyle, which she adopted four years ago! Nathalie is quite the budding athlete too with a pretty hardcore fitness regime which includes yoga, distance swimming, boxing and running. Phew – that’s just exhausting to read! Emmanuel proves that you don’t need animal products to re-fuel or sustain a...

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Spoof ‘PigScare’ Site Launched to Counteract Falsely Labelled “High Welfare Pork”

Recent release of video footage from within New Zealand agricultural pork farms sparked major outrage and pushed organisation ‘SAFE‘ to launch a spoof website, mocking the misleading ‘PigCare’ labelling on NZ pork. SAFE’s more accurate version, ‘PigScare‘ was launched to expose the truth of cruel practices used in pork farming and pigs who are ‘born and exploited’ in New Zealand farms. In addition to the launch of the ‘PigScare’ spoof website, SAFE has launched a petition which calls upon farrowing crates to be banned, gathering 17,000+ signatures within one week of the petition’s release. The original, ‘PigCare’ label was...

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Is Disney’s New Aladdin Star, Mena Massoud, Vegan?

Mena Massoud is the actor recently cast to play the role of ‘Aladdin’ in upcoming Disney reimagining of popular 1992 animated film, Aladdin, has left Disney fans and vegans alike stalking his Instagram, trying to determine whether or not he is vegan. From decadent vegan desserts, to healthy salads and plant-based barbeques, Massoud is piquing the curiosity of his inquisitive 27.7k following. Not only are his personal creations quite something, he also posts photos of the wonderful vegan/vegan-friendly takeaway or done-in places such as Doomie’s and Azla vegan. Furthermore, the #vegan fitspo transformation photos he shares are also quite...

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FDA Weighs In As Dairy Industry Push for Commercial Censorship of Soy ‘Milk’

Are plant-based products which replace traditional animal-based alternatives labelled unfairly? We’re talking the Soy V Dairy debate, which has now become a legal battle. The soy ‘milk’ debate has been dividing opinions between the dairy industry and the soy industry for a long time and is a hot topic recently due to the legal issues raised by it. ‘Dairy style’ names such as oat ‘milk’, soy ‘milk’ and vegan ‘butter’ or coconut ‘yoghurt’ have been claimed to be misleading consumers. This debate is generating so much heat that the FDA (U.S Food and Drug Association) has been called upon,...

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Army Training Program Leads to One-Woman Vegan Instagram Empire!

‘I was eating a really meat heavy, carb-fuelled diet at the time. ‘I really missed the fresh, healthy foods I was used to.’ 24 year-old Australian woman Ellie (‘Elsa’) Bullen who grew up on Australia’s East Coast, realised just how much she valued fresh, flavourful fruit and vegetables as part of her daily diet during when she took a gap year to undergo an army training programme. Her intensive training experiences and demanding physical challenges inspired Bullen to pursue a nutrition degree; no easy feat considering she worked three jobs during this time to enable her study. However, all...

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Breast Milk Brownies! Human Boobs V Cow Udders (WTF is the Difference?)

For a recent school bake sale, an anon-mom used her own breast  milk to make brownies in place of cow’s milk and the reaction has unsurprisingly been of total disgust. Being unable to get to a store to buy milk produced by a cow, this brownie-baking mom decided to just use milk that she produced herself. However, when other parents found out about her secret ingredient, they were both repulsed and furious. Turning to Facebook, brownie-mom posted an appeal for advice on why other parents were so outraged at her use of this unconventional ingredient, and the post ended up...

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IndyCar’s Conor Daly Credits Veganism and ‘What The Health’ For Recent Success

American race car driver, Conor Daly’s scream of relief was most audible in Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, when he realized had advanced out of the first round; qualifying on Saturday afternoon with his time 1:04.8745 (125.300), lap length: 2.258 miles and acquired his best result yet! Prior to this season in which he qualified in 11th place, this previously ‘Fuelled by Bacon’ A.J. Foyt Racing driver had only advanced out of the first qualifying round once before! (At Detroit’s Dual 2.) It’s pretty fair to say that this season has been tough and frustrating for Daly and his...

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150 Cows Destroyed Due To Devastating Outbreak of Disease

Cow disease, Mycoplasma bovis has struck a herd of some of NZ’s wealthiest farmers and the cattle is due to be destroyed to prevent the disease spreading any further. “There was no recovery, no cure.” – Federated Farmers vice-president Andrew Hoggard. The details of where this infection was located has been kept rather hush but now it is public knowledge that Aad and Wilma van Leeuwen, the farmers behind the ‘world largest robotic dairy barn’ which can house up to 1,500 cows under cover, have been hit by this fatal disease. The van Leeuwen’s farm is about the size of two rugby...

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Free People Team With PETA to Launch Vegan Summer Fashion Look Book

Compassion – so hot right now! In some respects, we are beginning to seeing less and less real fur, suede and leather, due to an increasing awareness on the cruelty which is required to produce such products. Even Tesla has released vegan-only seating in their range of eco-friendly vehicles and recent reports show that the vegan leather market is set to reach a whopping value of $85 billion by 2025. But vegan food and car interior options aren’t the only products making a debut onto the plant based marketplace: vegan fashion is becoming more prevalent by the day! Free...

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Vegans of Twitter Unite Against False Nutrition Claims Made on UK Television

UK dietician has sparked up major Twitter-storm since her appearance on UK television earlier this week after making claims that a plant based lifestyle was difficult to “make work” as a healthy diet. Contrary to what global dietetic associations say, Sophie Medlin, RD and lecturer in nutrition and dietetics at King’s College, London, made the claim: “It’s really hard work to make a vegan diet healthy, you have to think very carefully about what you’re eating all the time. I have never recommended any of my patients follow a vegan diet; I can’t see myself ever changing that. It’s very complicated...

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Plant Based Future Is a Hot Topic for USA’s Annual Food Conference

Can peas pip ‘pork’ products to the post? Where is the plant-based movement heading? Is ‘clean’ a threat to plant-based ‘meats’? Who’s really driving the the future of our food?   These are merely a few of the major discussion points set for the conference floor at Chicago’s upcoming 3-day Food Vision USA conference. “Food Vision is an all-inclusive event with a unique format designed to facilitate industry insight; gauge commercial opportunities, and foster business relationships for leaders in the US food, beverage and nutrition industries.” The plant-based food movement: it’s growing by the day and more and more...

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Chicken-Free Chicken Hits The Shelves of New Zealand

As of July 29th, 2017, an exciting new vegan alternative to chicken is hitting the shelves in New Zealand! This product from Sunfed Meats is another recent example of the ever-growing number of plant-based products in the mainstream marketplace which are giving farmers a run for their money. Meat and animal product alternatives are becoming readily available across the globe and the animal agriculture industry are showing signs of great concern. Sunfed Meats aims to produce New Zealand made products which rival the taste of their animal-reliant counterparts – except without the animal! According to Sunfed, their ‘chicken’ has all the taste...

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Inspiring 88 Year Old Vegan Doctor Climbs Kilimanjaro !

Fred Distelhorst isn’t just your average 88 year old; he’s also one extremely inspiring, super fit man who just so happens to be vegan. Proving that age is just a number and defying a number of stigmas, Distelhorst may have just set the new world record as the oldest ever recorded person to climb one of Earth’s highest peaks, the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro! At 19,341 feet high, this ascent is no small feat! How did this retired dentist scale this giant rock at the ripe age of 88? He credits his stellar fitness and physical ability to his vegan...

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Demand for Vegan Meat Leaves Farmers Concerned For Their Future

Plant-based burger patties, vegan vending machines, plant-milks and vegan ice-creams are just a few products included as part of the fast and ever-expanding market of alternatives to animal-based food. However, not everyone is happy about this shift in consumer preference – nope – The farmers of New Zealand are feeling rather threatened about this subsequent increase in demand. And how could they not? The reasons to choose vegan products over animal products are endless. In fact, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that plant-based startups are in many respects leading the way when it comes to the future of food. Combining...

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Badass “Babe” Star James Cromwell Arrested at SeaWorld Protest

James Cromwell, an Oscar-nominated vegan actor, among another 6 PETA activists were cited for trespassing earlier this week after setting foot into controversial amusement park, SeaWorld in an effort to raise awareness for their inhumane treatment of cetaceans. Cromwell participated in staging a protest for #BoycottSeaWorldDay! “Orcas deserve a full life in the ocean, not a life sentence of swimming endless circles until they drop dead from disease. My friends and I at PETA want SeaWorld to move these intelligent animals to seaside sanctuary without delay.” – James Cromwell in a statement. Familiar with arrests in regard to public...

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New KFC Commercial Slammed By Disgusted Viewers

Popular fast-food chain, KFC has released a new, rather strange television commercial and viewers are being put off their dinner! This ad, entitled ‘The Whole Chicken‘ features white-coloured hens being exploited for human entertainment, or rather: strutting their sassy stuff around a warehouse to the tune of DMX’s “X Gon’ Give it to Ya”. What could possibly be the purpose of this odd advertisement? To promote KFC’s chicken being made from, get this: 100% chicken. (Yeah, right!) “At KFC we’re proud of our chicken, freshly prepared in our restaurants and sourced from Red Tractor Assured farms, and not afraid...

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Canadian Powerhouse Wrestler Fuelled By Vegan Diet

Upon first glance, Laura Dennis, also known by her current ring name: Allie (previously ‘Cherry Bomb’) may look cute and sweet (especially when dressed up in bunny accessories) so much so that her strength could easily be overlooked. However, this former TKA knockouts champion and Canadian professional wrestler, currently signed to Impact Wrestling, has a huge power potential thanks to her enviable muscular physique! With a list of accomplishments as long as hers, how could we all not take inspiration? Better still -her body has been built on a 100% vegan diet! You guysssss @IMPACTWRESTLING is on RIGHT NOW!!!...

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Animal, Lab, or Plant Based Meat? You Decide The Future of Our Food.

Already known for their vegan mayonnaise, assorted condiments and plant based cookie dough, the team at Hampton Creek have excitedly announced that they will be joining the growing number of tech startups in producing lab meat! The technology necessary to create ‘clean-meat’ (as it has been dubbed), or meat and seafood which is grown in a lab has been in the works by many tech start-ups including San Francisco’s Memphis Meats. The team at Hampton Creek, however, claim to be ahead of their closest competitors by more than two years! The word on lab grown or ‘clean meat’ has been...

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Tesla Ditch Leather and Steer The Way to a More Vegan Future

Tesla, Inc (previously known as Tesla Motors) has been seeing a lot of media attention recently with their variety of electric cars. Since the release of their first automobile in 2008, Tesla has sold upwards of 186,000 electric cars as of December, 2016, and this figure just keeps growing! However, Tesla Inc makes more than just cars; they are a technology company who specialise in solar panels and lithium-ion battery energy storage among the environmentally-conscious range of automobiles they manufacture. Following their founding in 2003 then popular release of their first electric sports car in February 2008, the ‘Roadster’,...

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Foot Candy? Get The Real Low-Down on Gelatin

Crushed Feet?; We’re talking all things Gelatin; ‘that pesky ingredient which is unnecessarily lurking in everything’. Contrary to popular belief, most commercial Gelatin is obtained through animal bones, pigskins and cattle hide, not animal feet or horns. (Gelatin is extracted collagen but horns and feet are made of mostly keratin, not collagen.) The term ‘Gelatin’ in itself is rather nondescript, meaning that most people are completely unaware of the process required for it to be produced. So, how is animal-gelatin actually made? To make animal-gelatin, the collagen is extracted from animal products such as bone, hide and skin. Commercially,...

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Forget Tumblr! 10 Words of Wisdom – As Told by Philosophers!

What better way to generate some existential thoughts then with some good old fashioned quotes. Yes, quotes –  The internet loves them; from the walls of Tumblr unto the walls of our homes, they are plastered everywhere. ‘Be you, everyone else is taken.’ ‘Live, love, laugh.’ ‘Life isn’t easy for those who dream’ Seriously though, we have all heard them; come up with something original for once?! Want some actual enlightenment? Well here are 10 words of wisdom taken from philosophers which you can to ponder over. Forget Tumblr! 10 Words of Wisdom – As Told by Philosophers!  ...

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Convenience Is Bliss ! Bay Area Introduces More Grab N’ Go Options for Vegans

Tired of staring into vending machines and wishing you could actually enjoy the convenience of putting coins into a machine, pressing a button and having food magically appear? It’s quite a novelty yet sadly, this instant gratification is not often one which vegans can afford. Vending machines allow consumers to conveniently pick up grab-n-go snacks, and whilst admittedly they aren’t usually the healthiest of food choices, they are perfect for when you’re in a pinch! Unless you’re vegan. BUT all this might be about to change.. Out of the Bay Area, leCupboard is a business which already has a...

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Harvard Study Unfairly Touts Benefits of Part Time “Veganism”

The idea of part-time veganism or “flexitarianism” coined back in the 90s is a topic on the minds of many looking to overhaul their unhealthy eating habits, and with over 17 million deaths a year attributed to cardiovascular disease alone, evaluating your dietary choices can only be a good thing. According to new study by the reputable Harvard University, reducing your consumption of animal products and increasing your intake of plants and whole-grains while continuing to modestly indulge in animal products can be just as good nutritionally as a vegan diet and even superior to an unhealthy vegan diet...

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Attention Avocado Lovers! You’re Doin’ It Wrong

What do you do with unwanted avocado seeds? If the answer is throw them away, you need to think again. It’s common for health-fanatics to eat them as word has it that they could be nutritionally better for you than the flesh however from personal experience, I wouldn’t recommend doing so. They taste like Hass! Some gardeners and plant-fanatics such as myself choose to simply sprout them and grow them into avocado trees. But let’s be real, not everyone has time or space to deal with the pits, and as a result of the recent avocado-craze that is guac n’...

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Bathing Just Got Cleaner! Ocean Plastic Turned Into Packaging at Lush!

“No water, no life. No blue, no green.” Did you know that over the last 10 year we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century? Ever thought about turning that plastic into packaging for reuse? The Ocean Legacy Foundation is doing just that! Ocean legacy runs plastic collection expeditions which remove waste, primarily plastic waste, from the oceans to prevent it from harming, polluting and poisoning marine life and ecosystems even more than it already has. We have all heard of or participated in local beach clean-ups, whether these are organized events or just...

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20 Ultimate Vegan Instagram Accounts You Must Follow!

Who doesn’t love a good insta selfie, regram, foodporn, fitspiration, BABY ANIMAL GIFS or funny video? There is a whole universe of creative veggie IGers out there just waiting to be discovered and if you’re anything like us, you’ll forever be immersed in a rabbit hole of aesthetic acai bowls and memes. So if you’re keen to find some inspiration or just want to scroll for the thrill, you are in the right place. Just be prepared for some major food-envy! #vegansofig you rock!   20 of The Best Vegan Instagram Accounts You Must Follow! @veganricha Warning: this account...

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7 Million lbs of Meat Recalled After Bone and Cartilage Found in Hot Dogs

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO): “The raw meat materials used for precooked-cooked products are lower-grade muscle trimmings, fatty tissues, head meat, animal feet, animal skin, blood, liver and other edible slaughter by-products.” The US Department of Agriculture has announced that following recent customer complaints about finding pieces of bone and cartilage in hot dogs and sausages, Sabrett will be recalling a massive 7 million pounds of meat products. This discovery has sparked an uproar and resulted hot dogs and sausages to be recalled en masse from a meat processor in New York. The USDA’s...

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5 Tips on Coming Out as a Vegan

“HEY EVERYONE, I’M VEGAN!” Contrary to popular belief this cliché announcement isn’t actually typical for most vegans. So, you’ve made the choice; you’re about to embark on a new ethical lifestyle and you are pumped to start your journey… BUT.. how on earth are you going to break it to your friends and family? This is social suicide! Don’t worry – You aren’t alone. Whether you are the first to decide to become vegan in your family of friendship group, or you know one or two people who have made the transition, you aren’t the first person and you certainly...

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Germans Are Ditching Pork In Favour of Fighting Climate Change

Research by the Agriculture Market Information Company (AMIC) found that the German population is on a steady journey to reduce their pork and pig product consumption, particularly over recent years. The results from AMIC found that annual pig product consumption has decreased by 7 pounds per person! From 86 pounds per person to the now, 79 pounds per person. This is a fantastic reduction and step in the right direction considering that Germany is traditionally the greatest pork-producing and consuming country within Europe. Germany is also the home of upcoming film documentary, The End of Meat and Barbara Hendricks; Germany’s...

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NEW! Vegan Movie Explores Impacts on African American Health

Another vegan movie?! OKJA, Earthlings, The End of Meat, What The Health, Land of Hope and Glory etc., aren’t the only informative, mind-nourishing documentaries on the block anymore! On July 14th at the colony theatre in Los Angeles, a new vegan film premiered! The Invisible Vegan is a powerful documentary which provides historical and contemporary views upon the issues relating to modern, unhealthy African-American dietary trends, co-produced by actress and vegan activist, Jasmine Leyva, which unifies the voice of the African-American vegan community. The Invisible Vegan includes stars the well-known names and faces such as John Salley (former NBA...

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Could This Be.. The End of Meat? New Documentary Coming Soon!

Following the recent and extremely successful, albeit tear-jerking Netflix release of OKJA and ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ due for released on August 1st, another new film; ‘The End of Meat’ is set to release on August 26th in Berlin. This groundbreaking documentary envisions exactly the kind of world we all need to strive towards creating and sustaining with a meat-free future. In The End of Meat, filmmaker Marc Pierschel investigates the impacts of a world absent of meat consumption and provides a fresh perspective which helps people to understand how crucial their daily choices are for the planet, animals and humanity’s survival. Pierschel will...

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Vegan Sandwiches? Yes Please! Panera Finally Debuts Vegan Menu!

Another mainstream food chain offering vegan items! It sure has been a long time coming since being founded in 1987, but Panera Bread Co. has finally introduced new specialty-diet items to their menus in-house and digitally through their app, website and order-in-kiosks which now includes a plant-based menu! Panera now joins the ever-growing number of companies and food chains who are hopping onto the vegan train and offering pre-designed, cruelty-free options that won’t consume your valuable time trying to customise something into a suitable option. Soups, Salads, Sandwiches, here we come! Café-bakery chain Panera aims to make it more...

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Decadent Triple Layer Raw Caramel Slice!

I love dessert, sweet things, recipe creating (or recipe following if I’m feeling uninspired) and baking more than the average person, I believe love of eating is a passionate hobby and I definitely spend way more time in the kitchen than is healthy… My favourite part is doing what I call, ‘lick the shit out of those appliances’! What can I say, I make most things by taste! But when you cook (eat) as much as me, creating food that is not only hella delicious but nourishing too is key! Vegan, raw, gluten free, soy free, salt free, butter free and...

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Refreshing Herbal Iced Tea

This is a super simple recipe which is a perfect alternative to soda and sugary drinks. Whether you’re preparing refreshments for a patio party or just want something to keep your temperature down on a hot summers’ day, I’ve found this Herbal Iced Tea is always such a hit with my guests. This recipe can also be adapted by using coffee that is allowed to steep and cool rather than tea. OR, feeling fancy? Add a tipple of your favourite alcohol such as vodka or gin to get those tastebuds really tingling. Sold yet? ..seriously though guys, get your...

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5 Myths About Protein (Debunked!)

Do you know how much protein you need and how much you’re actually getting? Chances are, probably not. The average individual only needs 0.8g of protein per kg of body weight; an average person who weighs 150 pounds will only need 54g of protein per day. Your individual protein requirement can be found this this simple calculation: Body weight (in pounds) x 0.36 = Your recommended daily intake of protein (in grams). This can change depending on your nutritional goals and exercise regime but when you require more protein, it will be complementing an increased requirement of other macros...

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10 Reasons Why Plant Based Patties Beat Meat

Not often touted as something ‘good for you’, burgers are a food which face scrutiny when it comes to advocating for better human health. And let’s be honest, who could possibly say no to such flavoursome juiciness sandwiched between golden buns? Well.. perhaps it doesn’t have to be one or the other.   10 REASONS WHY PLANT BASED BURGERS BEAT MEAT   1. Versatile and Delicious Flavours! Ever tasted a plant-based burger? It could be argued that the reason people enjoy the taste of meat is due to the added seasoning which, surprise, surprise, comes from plants! Of course...

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A Quarter of New Zealanders Could be Meat-Free by 2025

A recent study shows that at least a quarter of New Zealanders could soon be meat-free! This survey which was conducted by company The Bean Supreme gathered results from 1000 ‘Kiwis’,  and the outcome: 1 in 4 New Zealanders will be ditching meat before 2025! Health came out as one of the top factors for people choosing to go meat-free and cost closely following, meat is expensive! “NZ sales of products made from plant-based ingredients such as vegetarian burgers, sausages, tofu, and falafel increased by over 20 percent in the last year alone.” – Liz O’Meara from Bean Supreme. Thanks...

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Häagen-Dazs Launches Four Vegan Ice Cream Flavours!

“Indulgent non-dairy flavors with a creamier texture and an authentic taste that shines through.” Have you ever been envious of all the delicious, mouth-watering ice-cream flavours that are tempting you from the supermarket shelves but wanting one without the dairy? Well, green eyes, today’s your lucky day because Häagen-Dazs has just launched FOUR new vegan ice cream flavours to the market as they join the growing amount of mainstream brands such as Ben & Jerry’s and Breyers, who recently released ice creams with almond milk bases. HD certainly aren’t about to be outdone on their flavours either; how is one possibly...

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Saudi Prince Invests in Green Technology to End Factory Farming

Can a sustainable future of animal product production be created? The simple answer is: yes, and a solution is very much already in production thanks to pro-active conservationists, innovative companies such as New Harvest and investors like Saudi Arabian Prince Khaled Bin Alwaleed. Prince Khaled is one of the growing number of vegan advocates who are taking action to support the fight against factory farming and climate change and is actively working to implement effective solutions to sustainability and ethical issues within the next decade. As described in a podcast, #EatForThePlanet with Nil Zacharias, this founder and CEO of KWB...

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New York City Bans The Use of Wild Animals in Circuses

“Circuses are going to have to evolve and take animals out of the act or, like Ringling Brothers, go out of business.” —  Edita Birnkrant Have you ever seen a genuinely happy circus animal? Probably not. Animals used for entertainment are removed from their natural habitat and spend their days being carted around and forced to perform unnatural tricks for amusement. Moreover, the treatment they receive during life as a circus performer rather than being free in the wild, often leads to permanent physical and psychological damage. Will they ever be free? A definite ‘yes’ could never be guaranteed, but...

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Nutty and Nutritious Muesli Bars

Pre-made muesli bars are often packed full of sugar and preservatives and result in excessive plastic wastage due to being individually wrapped. Instead you can simply make your own – they are a healthier alternative, provide lots of sustenance between meals and taste just as good as the ones from the store! Nutty and Nutritious Muesli Bars INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup walnuts 1/2 cup almonds 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds 2 large bananas 2 tablespoons sesame seeds 1/3 cup almond/peanut/nut/seed butter or vegan spread such as marg (a healthy homemade jam could be used here instead) 1/4...

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Animals As Commodities | How We Exploit Them for More Than Food

Why no wool? Stop the silk? Lay off leather? Forget the feather? Forgo the fur? Down with…down? Are They Commodities? | Exploiting Animals for More Than Food It is important to consider the above questions where they are concerned. The use of animals as commodities extends further than what we choose to put in our mouths. Wool, silk, leather, feather, suede, fur, ivory, down are just some examples of the many ways animals are unnecessarily exploited for human benefit. Humans do not require these ‘products’ and in fact, have a variety of cruelty free substitutes to choose from. Some of these products...

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Oozing With Controversy | The Honey Debate – Vegan or Not Vegan?

Weighing in on the big issues that ooze with controversy; is honey vegan or not? The word ‘vegan’ was first spread in 1944 by Donald Watson who said, ‘Veganism is a way of living which excludes all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, the animal kingdom, and includes a reverence for life. It applies to the practice of living on the products of the plant kingdom to the exclusion of flesh, fish, fowl, eggs, honey, animal milk and its derivatives, and encourages the use of alternatives for all commodities derived wholly or in part from animals.’ By this initial definition, honey...

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How to Find Support and Community as a Vegan

One of the most helpful things when transitioning into veganism is being around and talking to like-minded people. People from my age group or similar are really good because they are relatable, going through the same things and we can become friends and base our friendship off more than one thing that we have in common. I have met many wonderful people who are also vegan or vegetarian through school, an enviro group and Facebook support groups. Starting a friendship with common ground and bonding over vegan food is a great way to start a friendship, and the subject of...

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