Alex Crocker

Sports Illustrated Name Vegan Weightlifter as One of 2017’s Fittest Athletes

Kendrick Farris was recently named as one of Sports Illustrated’s Fittest 50 Men at number 27. In a list featuring Cristiano Ronaldo; serial Tour de France winner, Chris Froome; the man who broke Michael Johnson’s obscene 400m world record, Wayde Van Niekerk; Roger Federer; and LeBron James… it’s really no mean feat. A three-time Olympian, Farris was the only American male competing in weightlifting at the games in Rio last year. The 187lb Farris is – you’ve guessed it, vegan. He credits the plant-based diet with making him leaner, more explosive and more powerful. Last year, during the Olympic trails,...

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Understanding The Future of Food and Increasing Popularity of Vegan Meats

Burgers, sausages, mince, chicken. All those things! Just, you know, vegan. Food science has come a long way over the years, and vegan food science is the one killing it right now – which is nice as it doesn’t kill any animals. Demand is at a level never seen before, probably in part because there are more plant-based products than ever before. It’s a lovely cycle of things. The Good Food Institute state: “Unlike at any other moment in history, we now have the ability to blend imagination with design to improve the world around us. An array of inventions...

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“The World’s Strongest Vegan Weightlifter” Reveals What He Eats in a Day

Clarence Kennedy is an Olympic Irish weightlifter who gets all his power from – you guessed it – plants. The vegan YouTube and Reddit star’s training lifts match most Olympians, but interestingly for a guy with an immensely popular YouTube channel he stays away from the limelight. He doesn’t compete, and he doesn’t even have his own website or Wikipedia page. That said, he did recently talk to Omar lsuf about his experience of becoming vegan and his typical diet as one of the world’s strongest vegans. He has stated that since becoming vegan he is stronger than ever...

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Men’s Fitness Claim You Can Get Ripped on a Vegan Diet

According to the people over at Men’s Fitness the principles of building muscle are the same if you’re vegan or not: after a workout, eat protein; balance your meals with fat, protein and carbs; and eat fewer carbohydrates at night. Good news for anyone who wants to get ripped and follow a vegan diet. It turns out, it’s really not that difficult and more and more findings are showing that actually – if you’re loading up on protein it doesn’t even matter whether it’s coming from plants or animals, if you’re getting it, it’s all good. Hell, just look...

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Keep Making Those Vegan Gains with New Shiitake Mushroom Protein

Naturex, one of the leading influential natural ingredients companies has agreed a global distribution deal with MycoTechnology – the start-up behind Pure Taste fermented shiitake vegetable protein. As a result of the new deal, the mushroom protein will be a brand new addition to the food supplements market. Naturex started talking to MycoTehcnology around nine months ago and saw huge potential in the product for its “protein quality and functionality”, according to the VP of Marketing, Nutrition & Health, Timothee Olagne. From a marketing point of view. The Pure Taste product is of particularly interest. It’s a highly concentrated...

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Vegan Athlete Smashes 20 Year Powerlifting Record

A twenty year old record for powerlifting has been broken by a vegan powerlifter. 36 year old Bill McCarthy is one of the most successful powerlifters in the US, winning at the US Open on multiple occasions and was Champion at the Arnold Sports Festival in 2013. But most recently he took the Maryland State record for Equipped Bench Press. Already the New Jersey and Maryland State record holder in Raw Bench and Squat, the plant-powered powerlifter is a strength and conditioning coach and also runs a powerlifting team. Bill became vegan after trying the Engine 2 Diet, 28-day...

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Meat Loving Cardiologist Switches to Vegan Diet to Improve His Health

“I was a black belt in smoked meats”, are the words of John Teeters, M. D., chief of cardiology at Highland Hospital. Was. The meat loving cardiologist from North Carolina changed in spring of last year to a plant based diet, after being participating in a six-week introduction offered by Rochester Lifestyle Medicine. A programme he only did because it was believed having a cardiologist taking part would encourage more people. Very much a practice what you preach type situation. Dr Teeters was like many before him, a sceptic with incredibly low expectations of the diet stating that he...

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Are Right-Wing Politics and Veganism Incompatible?

Politics! No, wait, don’t run off. It’s fine. It’ll all be fine. Hopefully. Probably. That said, a recent study found that conservatives are far more likely to return to consuming meat after being on a vegan diet. The study by Gordon Hodson – a psychology professor at Brock University – used a sample of 1,313 current and former vegans and looked at the reasons behind why some people return to eating animals after their initial decision to go vegetarian or vegan. The study investigated the importance of a variety of factors that could be behind people’s motivation including often...

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Athlete Jermain Defoe Attributes ‘Unexpected Comeback’ To Vegan Diet

“The Premier League is back!”: Words you may exclaim with joy, or sadness. Either way, the “best league in the world” is back for it’s 25th season and, as is traditional, everything has all gone a bit football-y. The first weekend was a smidgen nuts, complete with comebacks, shocks, draws… All the things. In amongst all the chaos, Jermain Defoe made a relatively low key second debut at Bournemouth, the club he scored for in a club-record 10 consecutive league games during a loan spell way back in 2000-01 – a time when Blockbuster still existed and well… Things were...

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Vegan Street Food Festival Coming To Glasgow

All day vegan event in Glasgow alert! Strathclyde Goes Vegan is a vegan street food festival happening on the 26th of August at Strathclyde’s Student Union. And don’t worry if you’re not a student, you’re totally welcome too! Glasgow vegan scene is on the rise and this isn’t even the only event scheduled in Scotland’s largest city in the next few weeks. If you fancy extending the weekend’s indulgence, the Vegan Beer Fest is on Sunday the 27th of August at the Mono Bar Cafe. More and more vegan options are making Glasgow a fantastic vegan hub, everything from your...

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The New Harry Potter Themed Hogwarts Hall That’s Gone a Little Bit Vegan

The University of Southern California has a brand new dining hall, in a brand new campus, complete with an expansive vegan menu. USC Village is the new campus opening today in Los Angeles and is a $700 million addition to the University covering 15 acres as part of an ambitious public-private partnership with an aim of remaking a historically underserved neighbourhood. Within this sprawling campus, the USC Village dining hall stands out for both it’s food and it’s aesthetics. Already compared to the Hogwarts Dining Hall from Harry Potter, chef Nathan Martinez has declared his own nickname for it...

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Yes, It’s True, Vegans Can Be Terrible People Too

Vegans get a lot of flak often for being a bit preachy, or dull, or well… It’s a long list. And most of these stereotypes aren’t even close to being accurate. Are they history’s greatest monsters? No. Are they the shining beacons of all that is great with humanity? No. In Edgar Wright’s film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Brandon Routh plays a character whose veganism gives him telekinetic powers. And the character’s girlfriend states that “being vegan just makes you better than most people”. Both of these things may well be factually accurate, especially the telekinetic bit. However,...

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Amazing Irish Farmer to Save Herd of 70 Cows From Slaughter

A farmer in the South of Ireland is sending his herd of 70 cows to live on an animal sanctuary rather than being sold to slaughter. The farmer, who wishes to remain anonymous, explained brilliantly simply: “How could I send them to slaughter when there is this option for them? After all these years, they deserve more from me and they are very bonded as a herd. I can retire with peace of mind now, knowing they will live out their days together.” This is the first dairy herd to leave Ireland for a sanctuary and they are said...

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So Heartwarming! Vegan Pop Up Stopping Kids Going Hungry This Summer

This summer, a project in Leeds is ensuring that children don’t go hungry over the school holidays and what’s more, it’s vegan. Old School Junk is a collaboration between The Light in Leeds and The Fuel for School project, which comes hot on the heels of the announcement that thousands of school children could be going hungry over the summer holidays. The pop-up offers families vegan food – on a “Pay As You Feel” basis – that would not only have gone to waste otherwise, but is cooked by trained chefs. The project – possibly a world first – runs...

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700,000 Contaminated Eggs Force Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s To Recall Products

Following on from reports earlier in the week, the Food Standards Agency has dramatically revised estimates of the number of contaminated eggs from 21,000 to 700,000. The Dutch egg scandal – whilst sounding like a terrible Sherlock Holmes fan fiction novel – has now seen two people arrested during a series of raids over the illegal use of pesticides in poultry farms. Whilst Fipronil – the chemical used – is not a major risk in the small doses, it is considered to be “moderately hazardous” by the World Health Organisation. Words that most people will not want to hear...

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Hampton Creek’s New High Protein Vegan Scrambled ‘Eggs’ Can’t Be Beaten!

After a bizarre and confusing few months involving sabotage and mysterious anonymous letters, some excellent news for Hampton Creek as their latest product ‘Just Scramble’ has been given the green light from the FDA. Hampton Creek’s Communications Director Andrew Noyes stated that “Hampton Creek has just been notified by the FDA that our submission for mung bean protein isolate nicknamed ‘Jack’ has been met with a ‘No Questions’ letter from the agency, meaning there are no concerns around safety and it is ‘Generally Regarded as Safe’ (GRAS)”. As with all news about food safety, the words don’t exactly sound...

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International Airline Takes a Stance Against Meat for In-Flight Meals

In an innovative move to “reduce wastage, reduce cost and improve catering service” meat has been ditched from all economy-class meals on domestic Air India flights – which make up around 70% of the airline’s flights. The measure, primarily taken to cut costs, will lead to “substantial savings” for the airline and whilst exact numbers are still unclear, it is likely to be upwards of $1 million a year. Air India is the flag carrying airline of the country and in 2012 received a several billion-dollar bail out from the government. Frankly, at a time when perceived wisdom is that...

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How Watching Cartoons Taught Me About Veganism and Cognitive Dissonance

Bojack Horseman – for those that haven’t seen it – is an animated sitcom on Netflix about a washed-up anthropomorphic horse who starred in his own sitcom back in the 80s. The show has humans sharing their world with many other anthropomorphic characters (cats, dogs, whales, etc) which at first glance is mostly fantastic as it provides a solid base for puns, but ultimately provides a huge pay off for exploring a huge number of topics. The Netflix series (the fourth season of which will be released on September 8th) like many animated shows tackles weighty issues with a...

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UK Outraged to Discover KFC Has Joined Forces With PETA

Disclaimer: If satire is not your jam, click here KFC, a company previously known for killing at least forty chickens have now firmly aligned themselves with PETA and are seen by vegans as a bastion of hope in an otherwise cruel world. Since their secret collaboration with PETA, it has been revealed that KFC (which as we all know stood for Killing Fluffy Chickens) has been flirting with the idea of changing their name to “Karing For Chickens”. (Their hearts are in the right place,  but spelling isn’t their strong suit). Their first public foray into the surprising rebrand...

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A Meat Eater’s Reaction to Vegan Mockumentary “Carnage”

Swallowing Our Past Sounding “preachy” is a problem that this genuinely funny pro-vegan mockumentary doesn’t struggle with. Carnage is a ‘documentary’ set in a calm, life-affirming, happy, utopian 2067 Britain, in which meat and any product from an animal is well… not only are they not eaten, they are illegal. Simon Amstell – who is best known in the UK for his uncompromising takedowns of pop stars on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, – has largely been off mainstream screens since his criminally under-appreciated television show Grandma’s House. Carnage, represents his first foray into a feature length production and he himself...

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