Nikki Le-Grys

Target Ends Deal With Troubled Vegan Manufacturer Hampton Creek

Hampton Creek is making the headlines again as Target ends their deal, reportedly worth $5.5m every year, after just two months. Target claim that they received “specific and serious food safety allegations about Hampton Creek products.” Over 20 products, including Just Mayo eggless mayonnaise, were initially pulled from their shelves back in June and the matter was reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Targets concerns were around the possible presence of pathogens at a manufacturing facility where Hampton Creek’s products are made and another around the labelling of their products. The FDA has confirmed that they have “no safety...

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Gap Proves Sustainable Fashion Is Possible At Global Scale

Gap has long been known for it’s proactive approach to sustainability, committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across all it’s worldwide facilities by 50% before 2020. Through this and its Gap for Good campaign they are demonstrating that big fashion can be ethical and sustainable. The initiative, launched in 2016, has focused on the two largest components of manufacturing denim: cotton and water. Gap was established in 1969 by Donald and Doris Fisher who had trouble finding good jeans that fit. Today denim is still a huge part of Gap’s iconic look; comfortable jeans and simple Tees. Cotton gives their 1969 denim...

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5 Ultimate Joe Rogan Vegan-Myths…… De-Mystified!

Whether you’re a fan of Joe Rogan or not, most will agree that as with many hot topics, he approaches veganism in an interesting way. A self proclaimed ketogenic diet fan, he recognises the ‘benefits’ limiting carbohydrates and consuming plenty of healthy fats. As he claims on his podcast he eats a lot of salad with nuts, seeds and avocado, plenty of vegetables and he avoids refined carbs like white bread and pasta. The only difference is Joe, like those on the keto diet, advocates the consumption of meat. Joe, however, is no stranger to veganism. He’s invited many vegan...

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What Makes Healthy Vegan Men SO Irresistible?

We all know that a lot of chemistry goes on when we meet someone special, but who knew a big part of this attraction was based on what that person eats. New research has found that men who eat more fruit and vegetables actually smell better to straight women. This small, yet interesting study, found that men who consumed more fruit and veg were significantly associated with a more pleasant smelling body odour whereas men who ate lots of refined carbohydrates, like white pasta and bread, had a more pungent less appealing smell. Ian Stephens, author of the study...

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Vegan Virtual Reality Film Shortlisted For Biggest Social Impact Award

A new Virtual Reality (VR) film written, directed and produced by Animal Equality has been nominated for an award by the largest UK independent film festival; Raindance. Now in it’s 25th year Raindance has embraced the next level in film by creating it’s Raindance VRX Awards to recognise the range of independent film makers and organisations adopting the VR platform. Only half of the 40 nominations in the VRX category will be played at the Raindance VRX Arcade. This newly established virtual reality strand, open for showings from September 28 – October 1, will feature the Raindance VRX Awards, VRX...

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5 New Delicious Vegan Protein Snacks Bounce Into Stores!

Bounce has launched five new protein snacks which are completely plant based, as part of a their new vegan range. Recognising the continued demand for vegan products they have released two protein balls which they claim are a healthy, nutritious and ethical snack and the other three will be on our shelves soon. Bounce Nutritionist Susie Burrell, who has almost 20 years of experience, says, “The winning combo of pea and brown rice proteins replicates the amino acid chain of whey protein. That means, by skipping the whey, there’s no missing out on essential amino acids that the body doesn’t...

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Forget Avocado Toast, You Need To Try NYC’s New Amazing Avocado Pizza!

Let’s face it we all (well nearly all) of us love avocado. And there’s nothing better than avocado on toast. That’s the inspiration behind the new avocado pizza at Kola House, a New York live music venue designed by Lenny Kravitz. The venue hosts private and public concerts throughout the week and showcases it’s food over the weekend, with Saturday Supper Clubs hosted by their chef Jon Feshan, a Michelin starred chef from ABC Kitchen. The pizza gained notoriety after it was featured in an article by Time. The pizza is made from handmade dough topped with layers of sliced avocado,...

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Why Vegan Products Grow But “Plant Based” Labels Lead

New global plant based product launches grew 63% from 2011 to 2015, said Kara Nielsen, manager of sales and engagement USA at Innova Market Insights. According to HealthFocus International, in the U.S alone from 2012 to 2016, plant-based product claims grew at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 35.8%, with 220 related product launches in 2016 and 320 in 2015. An interesting article in Fortune looks at why vegan products are on the up but the use of ‘vegan’ on labelling is decreasing. Instead there is increasing demand for plant based products as people become more health conscious, and...

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Independent Calls For UK To Go Vegan And ‘End The Meat & Dairy Industry’

Leading U.K newspaper, The Independent, has featured an opinion piece calling for the UK to end the meat and dairy industry altogether. In response to the recent announcement that all slaughterhouses in England will have CCTV the paper supports this move but questions why we want to kill animals at all.  In possibly the boldest article to be published in mainstream UK press, the vegan journalist rightly raises questions surrounding the meat and dairy industry. The article also includes shocking footage of animal cruelty in an abattoir in Yorkshire and separate footage of the current Prime Minister, Theresa May,...

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Animal Welfare Information Concealed by U.S. Department

Back in February the USDA, United States Department of Agriculture, deleted it’s public database of inspection records from zoos, circuses, and animal experimentation and research labs. What followed was public outcry, scrutiny by Congress and a lawsuit. It’s been 6 months since that happened and still the database has not been re-installed nor it’s disappearance explained. The USDA is responsible for upholding and enforcing the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act, which federally protect the standards of care and treatment of animals. The database acted as a valuable source of accurate information used by journalists, investigators, animal welfare groups and the...

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Sweet Potatoes Tackling Famine In Africa

Over a million farmers in Africa are now growing sweet potatoes thanks to Maria Isabel Andrade. As a leading agronomist Ms. Andrade has developed bio fortified sweet potatoes to help combat famine and malnutrition in Afirca. Born in Cape Verde in sub-Saharan Africa, Maria’s childhood dream was to grow food and make hunger disappear from her town and she has made that a reality. Along with Robert Mwanga, Jan Low, and Howarth Bouis, she won the World Food Prize in 2016, for her contribution in developing orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, which were bio-fortified with Vitamin A, that has helped address...

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McDonald’s Pushed Out Of Medical Centre In Favour Of Plant Based Food

A medical centre in Georgia, U.S.A, has attracted media attention after it received a request from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). Navicent Health is a designated Level I Trauma Center, with an onsite medical facility and children’s hospital. The PCRM has written to the local health department, in Macon Bibb, requesting their support in closing the McDonalds in favour of healthy, low fat, plant based vendors at the Navicent Health facility. They have also asked them to post a statement on their website publicly recognising that restaurant chains that provide high-fat, unhealthy food have no place in Macon-Bibb County hospitals.  PCRM is...

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Aussie Dairy Farmers Petition Against Labelling of Plant Based ‘Milks’

Soy, almond, rice, oat, coconut, macadamia, cashew, hazelnut….whatever your tipple, none of us are under any illusion that these plant based milks are from mammals. In fact, there is really no confusion and many have opted for a dairy alternative for health, ethical and environmental reasons or simply personal taste. Australian dairy farmers are the latest to oppose current milk labelling, claiming that plant based alternatives are in fact ‘juices’. Dairy Connect, a lobbying group consisting of national dairy farmers, is leading a petition to tighten the use of the word milk on product labelling. The group has been...

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P.S This New York Vegan Eatery Donates All Profits To Charity

A new vegan eatery has opened in midtown Manhattan. The menu has been designed by Chef Gary Barawidan, who helped open Ravi DeRossi’s Avant Garden and worked at Union Square Cafe and Locanda Verde. Using quality ingredients, all 100% plant based, and classic French techniques the team have created an artisan inspired sophisticated menu. But that’s not all, all the profits will be donated to charity. P.S. Kitchen has a mission: To leverage the power of good food and an open heart to lovingly serve our clients, employees, society and the earth.’ They plan to do this by creating jobs for those...

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Vegan Bodybuilder Latest To Wrestle Protein Myth

Hong Kong bodybuilder Hin Chun Chui is making headlines as one of the few vegan athletes in China. A vegan for over 3 years and the 2016 champion of the Hong Kong Body Building Tournament Youth Group and silver medallist at the 2017 YOT Bodybuilding Open Competition (a men’s sports model category), he is showing the many carnivores in his sport that you don’t need protein from meat to succeed. Training for over 5 hours every day and competing for the Hong Kong Bodybuilding Team, in a city where most opt for carnivorous based diets, Hin is successfully promoting plant...

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Two Thirds of Brits Surveyed Considered Vegan Diet

A recent survey of 2,363 Britons found that two thirds had considered switching to a vegan or vegetarian diet in the past year. All those in the survey were meat eaters and 26% of them said they’d not switched their diet because of the ‘attitude of certain vegetarians and vegans’. When further questioned the researchers found that the respondents felt vegans/vegetarians were ‘quite aggressive to those eating meat’, ‘they consider their way of eating to be the only way’, and some said they’d been lectured about their diets and why they should make the switch which which put them...

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Canadian Meat Industry Exposed Twice in One Week

A recent university study has shown that 1 in 5 sausages tested in Canada contained meat different from that labelled. In what is turning out to be a disastrous week for the Canadian Meat industry following an article from the Vancouver Sun which exposed dire inspection records in B.C. slaughterhouses. Published this week in Food Control the study, conducted by the University of Guelph, discovered that 20% of sausage samples were either mislabelled or contained cross-species contamination. As reported by CTV News, of the 100 sausages tested: 7 of 27 beef sausages contained pork 1 of 38 pure pork sausages...

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Stella McCartney Launches Vegan Silk

Stella McCartney has announced on Instagram that she plans to eliminate animal products from her line thanks to a new partnership with Silicon Valley biotech company, Bolt Threads, which creates yeast-based vegan silk. The designer will debut a dress made entirely from this vegan silk at the design exhibition “Items: Is Fashion Modern?”, being held at the Museum of Modern Arts in New York this October. Wondering what the dress will look like? The custom knitted one-of-a-kind, gold dress is a modern interpretation of the classic shift dress and is made entirely of protein-based yarn inspired by spider silk.  Bolt Threads...

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World’s First Vegan Football Club Kicks Off New Season

Nothing quite beats the opening day of the season for football fans. The roar of the crowd, the nervous excitement and the hopeful optimism that perhaps this could be your year. With the English Football League having now begun, football fans throughout the UK will be relishing the opportunity that a new season brings. None more so than the small following of Forest Green Rovers. The club secured promotion to the English Football League back in May, making history in the process by ending a 128 year wait. Although this is truly an amazing feat there is far more...

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Kat Von D Launches Vegan Make Up Brushes

Kat Von D has done it again. More amazing, vegan products are on there way. The tattooed scarlet who last year committed to moving her beauty range from cruelty free to totally vegan is well on the way, and we are very happy. KatVonD Beauty already have over 35 products in the #veganalert range, including lipsticks, perfume, foundation, eyeshadow and of course the Tattoo Liner to re-create her signature winged look. Adding to the existing vegan and cruelty free brushes on offer, Kat Von D announced that a new set is on the way. Posting a picture of the...

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Al Gore’s New Movie Inconveniently Ignores The Big Truth About Climate Change

‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’ has completely overlooked one of the biggest contributors to climate change: our diet. The documentary instead focuses on the events surrounding the landmark Paris climate change talks and Gore’s international efforts to address global warming. Aside from a momentary mention that “agriculture is another major cause” of CO2 emissions the film omits any facts or detail about the major contribution our appetite for meat has on carbon emissions. And all this from a vegan? Gore, a vegan since 2012, has admitted in the past that “it’s absolutely correct that the growing meat intensity of...

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Trump’s Multi Billion Dollar Wall To Pose Huge Threat To Endangered Species

Trump’s wall has made progress in the last week, with the House approving a $1.6 billion fund to start the “contiguous and impassable wall” along the Mexican border.  We’re all concerned about the motives behind it, how much it will cost, how it’ll be built, who will pay for it and of course the negative impact on people on both sides of it. The American Society of Mammalogists, the world’s oldest and largest organisation devoted to the study of mammals, is asking us all to consider the ramifications to local wildlife, in particular, over 100 endangered species directly affected...

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NYC Fashion Store With History Of Selling Dog Fur, Faces Scrutiny Yet Again

Century 21, the retail store established in New York in the 60s, is the latest to be criticised for selling fur garments. The company offers a range of garments containing fur from foxes, rabbits, raccoons and mink. Animal protection agency, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the treatment of animals within the fur trade, urging Century 21 to stop selling fur garments. It’s not the first time Century 21 has come under scrutiny for its use of fur. Four years ago they were found to be selling a Marc...

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New Report Shows Human Antibiotic Resistance is Linked to Eating Animals

A new European report has found a positive correlation between human resistance to antibiotics and the consumption of animals with the same resistance. The joint report issued by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the European Medicines Agency (EMA), and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) suggests that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in animals eaten by people can compromise the effective treatment of human infections. Antimicrobials, such as antibiotics, are substances used to kill micro-organisms or to stop them from growing and multiplying. They are commonly used in human and veterinary medicine to treat a wide variety of infectious diseases. Antimicrobial...

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Egg Company Fined $1 Million for Falsely Labelling Eggs ‘Free Range’

One of the largest egg producers in Australia, Snowdale Holdings, was fined AUS$1 million for falsely labelling their eggs as free range. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission brought the action against Snowdale Holdings, which supplies two of the leading supermarkets in Australia, Coles and Woolworths. After a court investigation the farms, now closed, were found to be overstocked with only one exit, which was too small, so half of the hens probably never got to go outside. Chickens had to compete with up to 17,000 others to free range outside. According to Humane Society International some of the sheds held...

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Court Demands Information on Fatal and Unsanitary Live Animal Exports

The Israeli High Court has ordered the Agriculture Ministry to respond to claims by animal rights organisations that they are granting licenses for the importation of live animals intended for slaughter. Anonymous for Animal Rights, Let Animals Live and other animal rights petitioners want to prohibit the provision of such licenses, claiming that they do not meet Animal Welfare Laws. The animal rights groups, citing Agriculture Ministry data, detailed that in 2016, over 570,000 sheep and cows arrived at Israeli ports from Europe and Australia – nearly double the number for 2015. In the first half of 2017 alone...

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Another Top Athlete Goes Vegan & Inspires Others Thanks to “What The Health”!

Trent Williams is at the top of his game, earning five consecutive Pro Bowl appearances, listed in the NFL’s Top 100 Player’s List for the fifth year and now a vegan. After watching ‘What the Health’ Williams decided to adopt a plant based diet, telling The Washington Post, “I’m bettering my life,” Williams said. “I ain’t [beeping] with that animal product no more.” The documentary gave him a clearer understanding of the link between diet and disease making his choice to switch easier. Williams inspired more team mates to try a plant based diet at a personalised training event...

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Forget Protein, Recent Studies Show Aussies May Need To Up Their Fiber !

Nutrition Australia is calling upon the fresh produce industry to support its national campaign, ‘Try for 5’, aimed at increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables consumed daily by Australians to 5 serves. The campaign will be launched during National Nutrition Week, on the 15-21 October. National Nutrition Week began more than 20 years ago to raise awareness of the role of food on our health, and it continues to support the community to enjoy healthy eating. It coincides with the United Nations’ World Food Day, which takes place on 16 October. The non-government, non-profit, community-based organisation is looking...

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Bali Cleans Up Dog Meat Trade, But Is It Enough?

A month ago we reported on the dire practice of rounding up street dogs in Bali, which are then brutally poisoned, beaten or strangled to death and sold to local street vendors and restaurants. The meat has then been sold to unsuspecting tourists who were under the impression they were eating chicken. We are pleased to announce that over 179,000 people supported Animals Australia’s campaign to end this cruel trade which was killing 70,000 Balinese dogs every year. In light of this, Bali’s Governor has issued a decree, ordering officials to crack down on the dog meat trade, saying...

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Yogurt Brand Dannon Set to Build Mega Dairy with 4,500 Cows in 6 Barns

Dannon, a global provider of yogurt, is proposing to build a mega dairy farm with MVP Dairy. This newly formed partnership between McCarty Family Farms and VanTilburg Farms, named MVP Dairy, will see the construction of a farm which will house 4,500 cows in just 6 barns. The dairy is expected to be operational by early spring of 2018. With 750 cows in each barn this large Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) will be extremely stressful for the animals and will produce a huge amount of waste. It is the waste products and pollutants that have driven one man...

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What’s “Speciesism” And Why Should You Join The World’s Biggest March Against It?

With less than a month to go now is the time to get up to speed with the World Day for the End of Speciesism or WoDES for short. The End of Speciesism campaign has been running for 3 years and this year’s events are set to be the biggest to date. The WoDES will be held on Saturday 26th August, with marches in Canada, the U.S.A, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. A march? Really? If you’re like me, then the idea of a march feels somewhat alien and conjures up images of hippies, punks and riot police. A...

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Heavenly Brekkie Buddha Bowl

Sugar free, gluten free, cruelty free and delicious! Who doesn’t love a breakfast bowl? Healthy, filling and this one is especially refreshing for those days when it’s oh so hot out. It can easily be made the night before and stored in the fridge, ready to eat in the morning or, if you’re like me, at the office. This bowl consists of simply fruit, dairy free milk and homemade granola, so no excuses for skipping breakfast anymore! I make a big batch of granola at the weekend and keep it in an airtight container. This gets raided for a...

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San Choy Bau “Lettuce Wrap”

Lett-uce, wrap it up! San Choy Bau translates as ‘lettuce wrap’ and is traditionally filled with pork mince. This vegan version replaces the pork with a variety of mushrooms which are healthier, kinder and much tastier! San Choy Bau is mostly served as an entrée in Chinese restaurants but I happily eat four or five filled lettuce cups for a satisfying low-calorie dinner. The mushrooms are the star of the show and it’s completely up to you what variety you want to use, however I’d recommend dried shiitake if you can get your hands on them as the water...

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Vegan Cheese Company Acquired for $405 Million Dollars

Canadian plant-based food manufacturer and distributor Daiya is to be acquired by Japanese Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Otsuka Holdings Co. Ltd., based in Japan. In a statement, the companies say the 405 million Canadian dollar acquisition,‘’is expected to help increase Daiya’s presence throughout North America and beyond, while creating a global plant-based platform.” The deal is another strong indicator of the growing plant-based market, valued at 5 billion dollars in the U.S and around $500 million dollars in Canada. Otsuka Pharmaceutical, a global holistic healthcare company dedicated to bettering the health of people worldwide, already...

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