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Giant 7,000 Kilogram Daoist Vegan Tofu Cake Built in Central China

A giant tofu cake has been created in China, using over 3100 kg of soybeans. The cake, which weighed in at 7000 kg, was made on Laojan Mountain, in central China’s Henan province. On the top of the cake, a large Yin Yang (or Taiji) symbol was depicted, the symbol represents how opposing forces interconnect, and are interdependent on each other. A Bgua was also visible, which, according to the GB times “is a series of eight symbols used in Daoist cosmology to represent the fundamental principles of reality.” China’s 24 Solar Terms are also shown, these are “the traditional 24 points...

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More Than 50% of Canadians Oppose Captive Cetaceans, Study Finds

Canadians are more than twice as likely to say that cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) should be banned from captivity, than to say the practice should continue, according to a new study by the forum, Angus Reid. In Ontario, where Marineland is located, a theme park similar to SeaWorld in the US, the number of people who oppose the captivity of marine animals is even higher; Ontario citizens are three-times as likely to say it should be banned. In some places in Canada, the activism of those who oppose marine mammal captivity is paying off. At the beginning of the year,...

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Vegan Documentary ‘Dominion’ Starring Joaquin Phoenix Announces Los Angeles Premiere

The Los Angeles premiere of the vegan documentary, Dominion, is set to take place at the end of June. Hosted by animal rights giant, PETA, Aussie Farms, and Farm Animal Rights Movement, the showing will take place at the Animal Rights National Conference in the city on June 30th. Starring celebs such as Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, and newly announced, Sia, the film, which held its world premiere in March to a sold-out audience, exposes “the dark underbelly of modern animal agriculture through drones, [and] hidden & handheld cameras.” More narrators are set to be announced before the film...

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Straw Keyring Company Raises $1.8 Million for a Single-Use Plastic-Free Earth

A California Kickstarter campaign which smashed its initial funding target and raised $1.8 million on the site, is on a mission to eradicate the use of disposable plastic straws completely. Named FinalStraw, the product is simple, a dishwasher safe, eco-friendly, easy-to-clean, stainless steel straw, which folds down and fits inside a case that is easily attachable to a keychain. Created by Emma Cohen and Miles Pepper, FinalStraw is “clean, compact, and totally badass: For anyone who wants to rid their lives – and the planet – of single-use plastic.”  According to the Kickstarter site, the pair’s mission is to “reduce plastic straw...

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Ashton Kutcher Surpises Ellen DeGeneres with $4 Million Donation to Wildlife Fund

US actor, Ashton Kutcher, has surprised talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres, with a $4 million donation to The Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund. The money, donated by Ripple, a currency exchange system which Kutcher plans to invest in along with business partner Guy Oseary, was transferred to DeGeneres on the show on Wednesday (May 23rd). In February, DeGeneres received a 60th birthday gift from wife, Portia DeRossi, in the form of a gorilla sanctuary in Rwanda, which became the first initiative of The Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund. DeRossi set up the fund for DeGeneres due to her love and admiration for...

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Alicia Silverstone Urges Followers to Attend Vegan Conference, WTH-COW-CON, in San Francisco

Actor and vegan advocate, Alicia Silverstone, is encouraging her followers to attend a new vegan conference in San Francisco. The two-day conference, inspired by films Cowspiracy and What the Health, will focus on wellness, sustainability, and activism. The organizers note the event is intended to “bring together environmental experts, health professionals, and community activists in an effort to engage, educate, encourage, and empower.” Writing on her blog, The Kind Life, Silverstone asks “Are you attending WTH+Cowspiracy Conference??” She adds, “This event is packed with activists who speak to the environmental degradation caused by animal agriculture, the crucial needs of the oceans, the...

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10 Cast Members of ‘The Avengers’ are Vegan or Vegetarian

“The Avengers” films, based on Marvel comics, have twice stormed the box office — the first time was in 2012, and the sequel came out earlier this year to great acclaim, receiving 82 percent on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer. However, what some viewers may not know is that many of the stars of the films are vegan, or at the very least, meat-free! Celebrities, such as Benedict Cumberbatch (aka Doctor Strange) and Mark Ruffalo (aka The Hulk), have great influence over their audiences – not only can they move a viewer with a dazzling performance on-screen, but off-screen these influential actors can and...

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New Vegan B4Burgers Aim to Revolutionize Food Industry

California-based startup, Before the Butcher, is set to unveil a new, affordable, plant-based meat burger named the “B4Burger.” The B4Burger is set to be revealed at the National Restaurant Association Show this weekend, at the Lakeside Center in Chicago. The new, plant-based, GMO-free, gluten-free B4Burger has a texture similar to that of real beef and, according to Danny O’Malley, executive plant spinner at Before the Butcher, it is set to exceed all expectations. “The B4Burger will shatter your perception of plant-based burgers,” said O’Malley in a statement. “This product is on another level when it comes to texture, taste, and value....

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Vegan Civil Rights Activist Shaun King Speaks Out Against Medical Dog Testing

Vegan civil rights activist, Shaun King, recently spoke out on his Twitter account against medical animal testing. The activist shared a video alongside his post that depicted lab dogs, particularly beagles, being used for experimentation. “I had no idea this happened,” King wrote. “It’s horrific. As a human rights advocate, I used to think that animal rights had little to nothing to do with me. I was wrong. No living creature should be treated this way. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Read & Watch.” The video was created by online, adversarial, news publication, The Intercept. In the accompanying...

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International Pizza Chain Piola Launches Vegan Cheese in US Locations

The international pizza chain, Piola, which has restaurants across South America, Mexico, the US, Italy, and Turkey, has added Follow Your Heart vegan cheese to nearly all of its locations in the United States. With help from Vegan Outreach, a nonprofit organization “working to end violence against animals,” Piola has made vegan options available in ten of its thirteen restaurants. Locations in Florida, Texas, North Carolina, and Virginia will now be offering the new product. “This addition further expands the convenience and accessibility of vegan options in the US,” Taylor Radig, Campaigns and Social Media Manager for Vegan Outreach, told VegNews. “Which...

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Scotland to Hold First Outdoor Vegan Festival ‘V In The Park’

A new outdoor vegan festival is coming to Scotland this Summer. Named “V In The Park”, the country’s first-ever outdoor vegan festival will be held in Galloway Forest on the second weekend of July. Tickets for the family-friendly event, for which the funds were raised on crowdfunding site Indiegogo,  are on sale now, priced at £30 for an adult weekend pass and £20 for a child. “In our humble opinion, we think we may have the best vegan community in the whole world!” the festival organisers state on the festival’s Eventbrite page. “We want you to come together and celebrate with us at...

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Icelandic Powerlifter, the Vegan Viking, Beats 3 National Records in European Competition

Icelandic powerlifter, Hulda B Waage, aka the Vegan Viking, has beaten three of her own national records in her second European competition. Waage squatted 220 kg, achieving a new Icelandic record by 2.5 kg. The Vegan Viking then went on to bench 135 kg, beating her own previous national, Icelandic record of 133 kg. She then went on to deadlift 170 kg, making a total of 525 kg, and another new Icelandic record. Waage’s success came after a rocky start, the powerlifter told Great Vegan Athletes. “It was a long and tiresome journey,” she explained. “Five hours drive from Akureyri to Reykjavik,...

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Switzerland Named Best Country to Be Vegetarian in Europe

Switzerland is the top country in Europe to be vegetarian, according to a new study conducted by the Eco Experts. The study looked at twenty-six European countries and compared the number of veggie-friendly restaurants available, the annual meat consumption, and the price of meat by the kilogram. Switzerland came in at number one, the United Kingdom placed highly too, at number five, however, Portugal came bottom of the list, at number twenty-six. “Switzerland or the Nordic nations (except Denmark, of course) are worth a visit if you’re a vegetarian – or simply want to give a meat-free diet a...

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Masterchef Star Gregg Wallace Learns About Vegan Protein With Tesco’s Plant-Based Director, Derek Sarno

Masterchef star, Gregg Wallace, is learning all about the world of vegan protein with Tesco’s plant-based director, and co-founder of Wicked Healthy, Derek Sarno. In a series of Instagram stories posted on Sarno’s account, Wallace and Sarno, along with a BBC film crew, check out Tesco’s new selection of Wicked Healthy meal deals, as well as the inside of Smithy Mushrooms, one of the UK’s leading exotic mushroom suppliers, and a company whom Sarno works closely with. Many of the Wicked Healthy products are mushroom based. The plant-based director is somewhat of a mushroom enthusiast, including fungi in many...

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Fuller’s Popular London Pub Turns Completely Veggie and Vegan

One of Fuller’s Brewery’s most popular London pubs, The Fence, has turned entirely vegan and vegetarian for the month of May. Until June 2nd, the team at The Fence will be serving up exclusively vegan and veggie roasts, breakfasts, brunches, and dinner mains, as well as vegan beers, wines, and prosecco.“Throughout May we are transforming our kitchen to offer fully vegetarian menus… Set in the heart of Farringdon, The Fence also has a rich selection of craft beers and cocktails plus Live DJs every Thursday and Friday night,” the pub, which has created an “urban vegetable patch” in honour of the...

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London’s Popular Vegan Chicken Shop ‘Temple of Seitan’ to Open New Convenience Store and Cafe

London’s vegan fast-food hotspot, Temple of Seitan, famous for its fried Chick’n and burgers, is set to open a new location in Hackney, in the center of Hackney Downs Vegan Market. The new cafe and store, which opens today (Monday 21st May), is named “Temple Goods” and will be setting up shop for at least the summer months, according to Bec of Temple of Seitan. Avocado on toast, a Chick’n Caesar salad, and a selection of toasties are just some of the new vegan treats set to be available on the rotating menu. “We are very excited to announce that...

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Australia’s Largest Supermarket, Woolworths, to Launch ‘High Quality’ Vegan Ranges As Demand Skyrockets

Australia’s largest supermarket, Woolworths, has reported a rise in demand for vegan food. In response, the chain intends to continue expanding its plant-based selection. Sheese, Tofurky, Follow Your Heart, and Funky Fields, are just some of the new vegan brands Woolworths has added to its shelves recently, with great results. Vegan food sales have increased by over ten percent at the chain over the last year. Consumers, such as Youtuber Will James, are pleased with the chain’s new additions. “We’ve seen a strong increase in demand for vegan products in the past year, and we’re working to create even...

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Manchester City Football Player Says Vegan Diet is Key to His Well-Being

Manchester City star and player in England’s World Cup squad, Fabian Delph, has revealed his vegan diet is key to maintaining his overall well-being. Delph suffered from injuries in the past but has successfully managed to revive himself, and his career, by switching to a plant-based diet, and practicing the Chinese martial art, Tai Chi. As reported by the Mirror, Delph opens up about his struggles with injury, and finding solace in a vegan diet, in the book “Soccology: Inside The Hearts And Minds Of The Professionals On The Pitch.” “I’ve had a lot of injuries and a lot...

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London to Host Its First Vegan and Cruelty-Free Fashion Show

London is to host its first ever vegan fashion show, Bare Fashion, this summer, organised by vegan lifestyle magazine, Vegan Food and Living. The show, due to take place on Thursday 16th August, will be held in the Boiler House Room, east London. The event will feature one hundred percent vegan and cruelty-free clothing designs, from UK-based and international designers, for Autumn. Beauty products will also be showcased at the event, and vegan food and cocktails will be on offer to attendees. “The event is sure to be an unmissable night for anyone looking to expand their knowledge of the...

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Medical Animal Testing Rates to Drop With New Testing Method

The findings of a new study by analytics group, Elsevier and Bayer, could potentially cut the rates of animal testing significantly. The study, published in the Journal of Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, evaluated over 1.6 million adverse events that had been reported to EU and US regulators. Researchers found that some tests on animals do not effectively predict a human response, with unique reactions reported in animals and in humans. In some cases, some of the events in animals after the tests had never even been reported in a human being, and vice versa. The findings could help researchers to...

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UK Cocktail Chain The Alchemist Adds Vegan Food Options Across All Restaurants

UK restaurant and cocktail bar chain, The Alchemist, has added vegan options to menus in all its locations. The chain, which has venues in London, Oxford, Birmingham, Chester, Leeds, and Liverpool, amongst others, has added a Keralan Curry, which consists of a chickpea curry and cauliflower rice, as well as a Shawarma Cauliflower Steak, served with mixed grain salad and harissa yogurt. Vegan-friendly starters include Vegetable Gyozas and houmous served with crudités and tortillas, a vegan Morrocan spiced vegetable wrap is also available, served with houmous and harissa, and a Mixed Grain and Artichoke salad. The menu also has...

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Carrefour Taiwan is the First Supermarket in Asia to Commit to Cage-Free Eggs

Taiwanese supermarket, Carrefour Taiwan, has announced plans to sell only cage-free eggs by 2025 under its own brand as part of its “Friendly Egg Promise.” The supermarket is not only the first in Taiwan to undertake this commitment but the first in Asia. The decision came in response to encouragement from animal rights groups. The process will begin this year, Carrefour revealed on its Facebook page, setting up special areas in its stores that promote cage-free eggs. Next year, the chain will launch a house brand egg range from chickens that have been fed in a non-caged environment. And...

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Mother-Daughter Duo Create Vegan Handbags to Empower Women

A new Florida-based, cruelty-free, sustainable, and vegan handbag brand has launched, founded by mother and daughter duo, Megan and Aroon Duncanson. The new brand, Livin’ the MAD Life, is named after the pair, Aroon explained to WSFN, “MAD is actually our initials,” she said. “So, Megan Aroon Duncanson is her full name and my name’s Aroon. MAD, so it’s mad.”  The brand was created by the duo in an attempt to empower and inspire women, after Megan, who has fifteen years experience in the art industry, came out of an abusive relationship. “With the creation of Livin’ the MAD Life,” the brand’s website notes, “Megan...

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Animal-Based Products Worsen Sleep Apnea, Says New Study

A new study, published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, has revealed that processed meat and animal-based foods worsen obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), according to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). According to the UK National Health Service (NHS) website, “[OSA] is a relatively common condition where the walls of the throat relax and narrow during sleep, interrupting normal breathing.” It adds, “this may lead to regularly interrupted sleep, which can have a big impact on quality of life and increases the risk of developing certain conditions.” After monitoring the dietary habits of more than 100 OSA sufferers, researchers discovered that those...

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Pizza Express First Chain to Bring Vegan Pizza to Hong Kong

The Sai Ying Pun branch of Pizza Express, in Hong Kong, has launched three brand-new vegan pizzas, featuring Daiya Foods‘ vegan cheese. The new launch makes Pizza Express the first pizza chain in Hong Kong to offer vegan pies. The Cavolo Verde, a thin and crispy pizza with kale and black garlic, the Trifolata, which features rosemary and wild mushrooms, and the Giardiniera, with asparagus, roasted pumpkin, and basil pesto, will all feature the new vegan cheese. “We continually explore thoughtful alternatives to help protect our planet and we encourage everyone to think about the right choices and adopt small...

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Vegan ‘What the Health’ and ‘Cowspiracy’ Conference, WTH-COW-CON, Comes to San Francisco

A new wellness, sustainability, and activism conference, WTH-Cow-Con, is launching in San Francisco this June. Inspired by films “What the Health” and “Cowspiracy“, the two-day conference aims to “bring together environmental experts, health professionals, and community activists in an effort to engage, educate, encourage, and empower.”  Earthling Ed, Kip Andersen, James Aspey, and Badass Vegan John Lewis will be speaking at the conference, as well as LIVEKINDLY’s own Jodi Monelle, amongst other guests. Vegan vendors, such as Chalkhill Cookery, Miyoko’s, and Om Sabor, will also be present at the event, in the “vendor village.” Sponsored by Miyoko’s, A Well Fed...

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Birmingham Set to Host the World’s Biggest Vegan Barbecue

Vegan company, The Fry Family Food Co., is on a mission to host the world’s biggest ever vegan barbecue. The free event will be the first of its kind in the UK. In a bid to become world record holders for the biggest “BVQ“, Fry’s will be giving away one thousand vegan burgers and hotdogs at East Side Park in the city of Birmingham, from 11 am until 3 pm, on Wednesday 30th May. “For many, it wouldn’t be a British summer without a get together with friends, enjoying a barbecue while soaking up the sunshine,” Tammy Fry, International Marketing...

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German Company to Bring Vegan Milk, Yogurt, and Ice Cream to Mass Market

German plant-based protein company, Prolupin, has received financing in order to grow its vegan milk, yogurt, and ice cream brand, Made with LUVE. European mass media company, 7Life GmbH, led the financing round, joined by PESCH, and pre-existing investors, eCAPITAL, Munich Venture Partners and Tate & Lyle Ventures. “The addition of 7life and PESCH to our team will enable us to accelerate the growth of the Made with LUVE brand,” said Malte Stampe, CEO of Prolupin, in a statement. “The TV support we are now able to deploy over the coming years will put the Made with LUVE brand center...

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BBQ Capital of the World, Kansas City, Ranked in Top 10 Vegan-Friendly Cities

Kansas City, Missouri, otherwise known as the barbecue capital of the world, has ranked in the top ten vegan-friendly cities in the United States. The list, put together by animal rights organization PETA, includes popular cities such as New York, San Fransisco, Detroit, and Miami, with Los Angeles taking the top spot as the most vegan-friendly city in the whole of the US. Whilst Los Angeles is famous for its vegan scene, with festivals such as the “vegan Coachella”, Eat Drink Vegan, taking place in the city, Kansas City is a less obvious vegan spot. However, PETA maintains there is plenty...

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Vegan Chain Cinnaholic Set to Open 136 New Locations

Cinnaholic, the Atlanta-based vegan bakery franchise which specializes in cinnamon rolls, is set to double its presence in North America in the first half of 2018, increasing its franchise footprint by nearly eighty percent. The year for Cinnaholic began with seventy-six locations in development, opening stores in California, Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio, and it has plans to soon open three new locations in Northern California, five in Orlando, and thirty in Texas, increasing its franchise footprint by seventy-nine percent with a total of one hundred and thirty-six stores in development. The company also has four locations outside of the...

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Bangalore, India is Set to Host its First Ever Vegan Festival

Bangalore, India, is set to host its first ever vegan festival this month. Named Wilderfest, the festival will be held at the shopping mall, VR Bengaluru, in Whitefield on May 26th and 27th. Backed by the Federation of Indian Animals Protection Organisations (FIAPO) and The Pollination Project, the aim of the festival is to bring together Bangalore’s vegan community, as well as to raise awareness and encourage non-vegans to learn more about the lifestyle. Five vegans from the city are organizing the festival, Namita Satheesh, Shweta Thakur, Anushree Kamath, Teena Bethann, and Rheea Mukherjee, in the hope that attendees...

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Countdown Star Rachel Riley’s Health Problems Disappeared “Almost Over Night” Following Switch to Vegan Diet

TV presenter and mathematician, Rachel Riley, has spoken out about her vegan diet in an interview with Xpose. Riley, who is famous for her role as the numbers expert on Channel 4’s Countdown, said that she initially tried out the vegan diet for health reasons, after suffering from sickness and stomach problems after eating food. “For a large part of my life, I’ve had intolerances and been sick with food,” she explained. “I was vegetarian for maybe six months a few years ago and I felt so ill.” “It was because whenever I was working and out, the veggie options were always...

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Vegan Musician Sir Paul McCartney Reflects on Linda McCartney’s Vegetarian Legacy

In an interview with British newspaper, the Telegraph, former Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney, opened up about his late wife Linda and her meat-free legacy. Linda McCartney died of breast cancer in 1998, but her self-titled vegetarian and vegan food range lives on – with former husband, Paul, and her daughters, ethical fashion designer, Stella and cookery writer, Mary, still heavily involved with the brand. The tasting process, in particular, is an element that Paul particularly enjoys. “It’s quite a good thing…I’m often at my music studio in Sussex on the south coast, so I’ll get the chefs from the company to...

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Delaware Passes Bill to End Automatic Euthanization of Retired Lab Animals

Delaware has passed a bill to end the automatic euthanization of cats and dogs used for research in the state. Senate Bill 101, will require that all healthy cats and dogs are put up for adoption after they are retired from research laboratories. Delaware will be the eighth state to sign the requirement into law, following California, New York, Connecticut, Minnesota, Illinois, Nevada, and Maryland. The campaign for the bill was led by the Rescue + Freedom Project, a US nonprofit organization “dedicated to rescuing survivors of unique captivity and cruelty,” and sponsored by Senator Jack Walsh. “I’m honestly amazed that...

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Waitrose to Add 50 New Veggie and Vegan Products

UK Supermarket giant Waitrose is set to expand its vegetarian and vegan range with an extra fifty products. The new range will be launched in one hundred and twenty-five Waitrose stores, along with a new dedicated vegan section – a first for the chain. The Happy Pear and The Vegetarian Butcher are among the new brands set to appear on shelves from the 4th June onwards. David and Stephen Flynn of The Happy Pear, whose products include ready meals such as Veggie Korma and Chilli no Carne, are excited by the new reveal. “We are chuffed to be entering the UK market...

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Asia’s Largest Vegan Magazine Launched By India’s Top Media Companies

Two of India’s top vegan magazines, Vegan First and VegPlanet Magazine, have combined to form “Vegan First Magazine.” The new publication will form Asia’s largest vegan magazine. Both magazines launched in 2016 with the same goal: to support vegans and anybody curious about the lifestyle. Vegan First began as an online portal, connecting consumers with plant-based and cruelty-free brands, VegPlanet started in print, eventually reaching the global market with its stories on activism, travel, food, and vegan celebrity coverage. The publication, which has a team of writers and contributors from over 15 countries, can now be found in Barnes &...

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Vegan Shoes Last Longer and Perform Better Than Leather, Says Top Designer

Vegan shoes are going mainstream, according to Joshua Katcher, founder of Brave GentleMan. “Vegan footwear is no longer seen as just an alternative,” Katcher told Footwear News. “Many of the recent innovations outperform conventional footwear. We are seeing more and more designers who are using vegan materials, creating designs that are innovative and cutting-edge and cool – very aspirational and desirable.” Stacey Chang, the founder of Veerah, a sustainable shoe brand, agrees with Katcher. Chang believes it is today’s young, conscious consumers, inspired by celebrities on social media, who are driving changes in the footwear industry. “The purchasing power of the millennial generation...

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WHO Urges Reduced Saturated Animal Fat Intake to Combat Cardiovascular Disease Epidemic

A new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that both adults and children cut down on saturated fats, found in meat, dairy, and eggs. Saturated fats contribute to diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, that cause seventy-two percent of deaths every year around the world. “Reduced intake of saturated fatty acids have been associated with a significant reduction in risk of coronary heart disease when replaced with polyunsaturated fatty acids or carbohydrates from whole grains,” the report notes. “Dietary saturated fatty acids and trans-fatty acids are of particular concern,” Dr. Francesco Branco, Director of the Department of...

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Unilad Documentary ‘The Dark Side of Britain: The Hunt’ Shows Reality of UK Fox Hunting

Internet media giant, Unilad, with over thirty-eight million followers on Facebook, has drawn attention to the issue of fox hunting in Scotland in a new documentary titled “The Hunt.” The video is the first in a series titled “The Dark Side of Britain.” “The Hunt” follows a group of fox hunting saboteurs, including Grampian Hunt Sabs member, Kevin Newell. Newell and other activists attend hunts to ensure that those participating remain within the law. Despite the Scottish law against hunting foxes with dogs, brought in in 2002, the Unilad documentary proves that the practice still takes place in the country...

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Vegan Entrepreneur Kat Von D Honored as a ‘Positive Latina Role Model’

Entrepreneur and activist, Kat Von D, has been honored with a Latino Spirit Award for achievement in business and entertainment. Von D, who was born in Montemorelos, Mexico, was chosen for the award by the California Latino Legislative Caucus. Originally established back in 2002, the Latino Spirit Awards aim to “highlight positive role models in [the Californian community].” Kat Von D, according to the members of the Latino Legislative Caucus, received the award for her inspirational work as a musician, a tattoo artist, an activist, and a successful business person. The Caucus believes the successful entrepreneur has “defied expectations.”...

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Vegan Beer is Growing in Popularity Due to Millennial Demand

Vegan beer is growing in popularity, thanks to millennials, according to the digital media company, GlobalData. GlobalData’s research suggests that whilst the market is still small for vegan beer, as well as gluten-free, and low-calorie beers, this is set to expand as younger generations become increasingly conscious about where their food and drink comes from, and the ingredients used. “Millenials are careful about what they eat and drink and as a result, are making conscious decisions to take better care of themselves, including when it comes to alcohol,”  Aleksandrina Yotova, a consumer analyst at GlobalData, told Beverage Daily. She...

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Minnesota Lynx WNBA Star Rebekkah Brunson Credits Vegan Diet for Career Longevity

American basketball star Rebekkah Brunson believes it is a vegan diet that has allowed her to enjoy such a long career spanning 15 years. Brunson, who plays for the Minnesota Lynx, told Pioneer Press, “I feel great and I’m sure that’s attributed to some of [the] things that I put into my body. You just feel better eating the right things.” She later added, “If more of us looked at what we’re eating, we’d start to understand why it’s that way.”  “You know, a lot of my teammates will tell me they’re dealing with things like inflammation and things like that. They...

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Jamie Oliver Ditches Meat to Inspire Public With His Vegetarian Challenge

Celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, has launched a new, five-day vegetarian challenge in honor of National Vegetarian Week. “Jamie’s 5-day Veggie Challenge,” is set to begin on May 14th, but those looking to get involved can sign up from now. During the five days, participants will be sent an email each morning with meat-free recipe ideas for the day ahead – inspirational videos will also be sent via email, and extra tips from Oliver will be included too, sent via SMS. Each meal plan will include five portions of fruit and veg, at least, and aims to serve two people –...

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Dairy Giant Dean Foods Wants to See More of the ‘Really, Really Cool’ Vegan Milk Brand, Good Karma

Dean Foods, one of America’s largest suppliers of cow’s milk, is debating on becoming a majority shareholder in plant-based milk brand, Good Karma Foods. The dairy supplier is already a minority shareholder in the vegan business, which uses flaxseed to make milk, however, CEO of Dean Foods, Ralph Scozzafava, believes this could be set to change. “It’s a really really cool brand, and it’s growing,” he informed Bloomberg Quint. “It grew pretty dramatically last year. Over the next few months, we’ll make that decision [about increasing the stake].” Earlier this year, Dean Foods cut dozens of contracts with suppliers as the demand...

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Vegan Japanese and Chinese Restaurant ‘Fire and Water’ By Ravi DeRossi Set to Open in New York

Vegan restaurateur Ravi DeRossi is set to open a new vegan Japanese- and Chinese-themed restaurant in New York City’s East Village later this year. The new restaurant, named Fire and Water, will be headed up by Tony Mongeluzzi, the corporate executive chef of restaurant group DeRossi Global. The space will feature a glass divider down the middle of the dining room; on one side, according to Eater New York, a Japanese sushi counter will occupy the space, offering a vegan omakase menu and a sake list. The design of the Japanese section of the restaurant will be, on the...

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Vegan Food is a ‘Huge’ Opportunity, Says Starbucks Founder

Howard Schultz, founder and executive chairman of the international coffee chain, Starbucks, says that the opportunity for vegan food is “huge.”  Schultz made the comments at the global food innovation summit, Seeds and Chips, in Milan. Danielle Nierenberg, founder and president of Food Tank, was present at the summit. Nierenberg posted on her Twitter account: “‘The opportunity for plant-based foods is huge,’ – Howard Schultz, @Starbucks CEO in Milan speaking at @SEEDSandCHIPS. It shows when we demand changes, the largest companies in the world have to follow!” Starbucks has recently added a number of new vegan products, including hot...

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Australian Winemakers Now See Vegan Labelling as a ‘Selling Point’

Winemakers in Australia are labeling their wines as vegan-friendly in a bid for more sales, the Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reports. Whilst many wines from the region have always been vegan-friendly, it is only now that winemakers are looking to actually mark their wines as vegan, so that consumers can immediately tell from reading the label before purchasing. Troy Kalleske, a South Australian winemaker who has been making vegan wine for over fifteen years, told ABC that it is only recently that he has seen the lack of animal products in his wine as a significant “selling point.” “[In...

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A Plant-Based Diet Increases Fertility in Women, Study Finds

Women who eat low amounts of fruit and high amounts of processed fast-food are less likely to conceive, according to a new study from the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Research Institute. The study, published in leading reproductive medicine journal, interviewed over five and a half thousand women, who had not previously conceived, across the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia regarding their diet. The women were questioned by midwives during their first antenatal visit about the length of the time it took to become pregnant, as well as details about their diet leading up to pregnancy. Information about...

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Clean Meat Could Achieve Price Parity With Traditional Meat By 2020

Clean meat could achieve price parity with traditional meat by 2020, according to Israel-based company Future Meat Technologies. Clean meat could be on restaurant menus by the end of 2018, and by 2020, the price per pound could be $2.30 to $4.50. Although clean meat costs have come down considerably since the first burger was produced in 2013, costing around $325,000, they are, currently, still high – priced at around $363 per pound. However, this could be set to change according to Yaakov Nahmias, the founder and chief scientist at Future Meat. “Right now, growing cells as meat instead...

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Jamie Oliver Aims to Increase Vegetable Consumption Across the UK

A new fundraising initiative, Veg Power, has launched in the UK. The initiative, backed by celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, aims to increase the UK’s vegetable consumption through marketing. The new initiative is led by Peas Please, an organisation formed by The Food Foundation, WWF, Food Cardiff, and Nourish Scotland. The main aim of Peas Please is to “bring together farmers, retailers, fast food and restaurant chains, caterers, processors and government departments with a common goal of making it easier for everyone to eat veg.” In order to achieve its goal, to create inspirational, motivational and contemporary...

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