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A Record Breaking 100,000 People Officially Pledge to Go Vegan for Veganuary

Veganism thrived in 2017 with extraordinary jumps in interest, availability, innovation, and sales, all over the world. There were documentaries like What the Health and films like Okja that shook people to the core. Social media was abuzz with vegan food tutorials and cruelty-free beauty. It’s clear that people are happy and willing to make positive changes, especially given that Veganuary — a charity that aims to inspires folks to eat vegan in January and onwards— has received, already, over 100,000 sign-ups. A post shared by Veganuary (@weareveganuary) on Dec 30, 2017 at 10:30am PST They’ve got a vegan starter guide, they dispel...

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Vegan Doctor Launches 3-Month ‘Healing America’ Tour

Starting on January 20th, vegan doctor and health pioneer T. Colin Campbell will be touring the United States with one simple goal… to help heal the country and teach people about the (many) benefits of a plant-based vegan diet. The Healing America tour begins January 20 and continues through March 24, with stops in Tampa Bay, Fla., Long Island, Atlanta, Houston, San Diego, and St. Louis. Folks can even sign up for text updates on specific locations the tour will be hitting. Joining Dr. T. Colin Campbell is his son, PlantPure Founder and President, Nelson Campbell. To many, Dr....

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China’s Ivory Ban ‘A Huge Step for Elephants’

China made the announcement that it was banning ivory back at the beginning of 2017, but now as the ban goes into effect, the government is stepping up its enforcement of the law and educating the public, which will help save tens of thousands of elephants from being hunted. Despite this victory, the world is still far from a safe place for elephants. In fact, while China moves forward, the United States is moving backward. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) notes: “Meanwhile, as the Chinese government takes two steps forward regarding elephant protection, the Trump administration is taking two steps...

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17 of The Best Vegan Memes From 2017

Whether funny, relatable, empowering, or educational, memes are the backbone of the Internet. You can hardly scroll for two seconds without running into one. 2017 may, arguably, go down in history as The Year Of The Meme. That being said, we’d be silly not to round up some of the best vegan memes we’ve seen this year. Vegan memes, in particular, are a powerful form of media. They minimize the confrontation and discomfort that some folks feel talking about veganism, factory farming, and other related topics. And sometimes, they make something important and meaningful, like veganism, something we can...

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9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Fur Industry

The truth about wearing fur is said eloquently, if not directly, by singer Natalie Imbruglia. “There is no kind way to rip the skin off animals’ backs,” she said. “Anyone who wears any fur shares the blame for the torture and gruesome deaths of millions of animals each year.” Where we spend our money matters and if we, collectively, choose not to fund fur producers, they will no longer have the means to continue making, distributing, or selling fur. Sometimes the only thing people need to quit fur is to learn the truth about where it comes from. Contrary to...

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Liam Hemsworth Officially Crowned Australia’s Sexiest Vegan

The Hemsworth family is a family of beautiful sons. First, there’s Chris Hemsworth, known most popularly as Thor, who is so hunky it should be illegal. And then there’s Liam Hemsworth, Hunger Games star, animal lover, one half of a vegan power couple — with Miley Cyrus being the other half — who was just named Australia’s Sexiest Vegan Celebrity by PETA. This is not Liam’s first time winning this kind of award. He won the same title, only in the United States, last year. It’s not hard to see why he picked, again. His Instagram feed alone is a testament...

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People In The UK Are Now Eating 50 Percent Less Beef

According to a new report by ReportLinker, folks in the UK are eating half the beef and veal they did in 1975, with a steady decrease almost every single year since then. In addition to this, the report showed that sales of vegetables and bags of mixed vegetables have steadily increased. ReportLinker, a market research company, has compiled these figures which show that more people are getting protein and other nutrients from plant based sources. It goes on to explain: “Household expenditures on Soya and other novel protein products have shot up significantly since the mid-1990s compared to what they...

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Chris Brown Posts Emotive ‘Vegan’ Video to Instagram

In an unexpected move, singer Chris Brown recently shared a strong, pro-animal video on his Instagram feed. While the singer provides no context for the video, save a single emoji, the video itself says it all with vivid depictions of what the world would look like if animals treated people the way people treat animals. 😏 A post shared by 💔🌕🏆 SILVER AURA (@chrisbrownofficial) on Dec 27, 2017 at 4:32am PST Brown has not come out as vegan nor made any recent suggestions that he would go vegan. In fact, he was recently the center of controversy for reportedly...

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Vegan Celeb Laverne Cox Teams with Cruelty Free Nail Polish Brand

Laverne Cox is a woman of many firsts, creating new precedents for trans women everywhere. She was the first trans woman to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and the first to be featured on the cover of Time. She is paving the way for trans women and women of color and does so with her powerfully inclusive and thoughtful presence. It seems, these days, her inclusivity is not limited to people, though, as she has not only switched to a vegan diet, but she has also partnered with nail beauty brand ORLY to create an exclusive, vegan nail polish line. ORLY...

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Netflix’s “Okja” Makes Top 10 in NYTimes Best Movies of 2017

The New York Times listed Okja as one of the ten best movies of 2017. In the list, Okja is praised for extraordinary visuals and the depth and complexity of its message. The film, which follows a young girl trying to rescue her pig, shared the heartbreaking realities of animal agriculture. The film resonated not only with vegans but also with non-vegans who may not have been interested in watching a documentary. Specifically, the review, by chief film critic Manohla Dargis, reads: “Filled with lapidary visual touches and pictorial splendor, Mr. Bong’s lovely, often funny and achingly soulful movie about a girl and her pig didn’t...

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Police Give Out Vegan Turkey Roasts to Families in Traffic

West Liberty police in Iowa made the holidays a little brighter for 20 families when they handed out free vegan turkey roasts at otherwise normal traffic stops. The artisan, vegan roasts, made by Field Roast, are made specifically for this time of year and are filled with popular holiday fixings like butternut squash, apples, and mushrooms. The idea came from PETA, who heard of the police’s “Turkey for Tickets initiative.” Instead of turkeys, however, they thought they’d donate some animal-free roasts for the police to give out. KWQC reported: “Officers happily handed out the tofurkeys[sic]. West Liberty Police Chief Kary...

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New Study Reinforces That Consuming Red Meat Increases Cancer Risk

For a long time now red meat has been linked to cancer. The warning has yet to find a mainstream spot in food health conversations. However, researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno, have dug deeper into this connection and found out exactly why red meat dramatically increases the likelihood of a cancer diagnosis. The research identified a gene in animals called CMAH, which causes a certain sugar to form. This sugar triggers inflammation in the people who, down the line, eat the animal with this gene. Increased inflammation then leads to the development of tumors and arthritis, as...

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Vegan ‘Nutella’ Lipsticks Launched by Cruelty Free Beauty Brand

Beauty Bakerie, a beauty brand that mixes the goodness of bakeries with makeup, has released a sweet product that’s going to have lots of people ready to eat their lipstick. Called “Nude-tella,” Beauty Bakerie’s new Nutella-inspired lipsticks are just in time for the holidays. And best of all, these lipsticks are all vegan and smudge-free. A post shared by Beauty Bakerie Cosmetics Brand (@beautybakeriemakeup) on Dec 10, 2017 at 2:36pm PST Cashmere Nicole, the founder of Beauty Bakerie, is enthusiastic about her animal-free, cruelty-free product, as well as the brand she’s built. “I wanted to create a brand that...

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9 Things You Didn’t Know About Eggs, But Wish You Did

The egg industry has had quite a complex relationship with the public, arguably a more up and down one than any other food industry. They’ve gone from being a staple in every person’s breakfast to public enemy number one. This is especially so after more, unbiased information came out about how eggs are not, nor have they ever been, the health food they were advertised as. Eggs have a unique spot in the vegan/food world, as the products themselves don’t require any direct slaughter. However, slaughter occurs, massively, every single day so that people can have eggs. This is something...

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Vegan Beyond Burger Plans to Make European Debut Next Year

The Beyond Meat Beyond Burger is headed to Europe. Slated for arrival in the market sometime in the first quarter of 2018, vegans, flexitarians, and market analysts are all eagerly awaiting the product that’s been a huge hit stateside. It’ll test market in the UK before moving on throughout Europe. According to Mintel, a leading market intelligence agency, 28 percent of Brits are cutting back on their meat consumption. A further one in seven people (14 percent) say they’d be interested in reducing their meat and poultry consumption in the future. This is a strong indicator that flexitarianism — a diet...

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Vegan Gummy Bears to be Created Thanks to Startup’s Bone-Free Gelatin

Gelatin. It’s hidden in much more than the marshmallow and gummy candies we loved as children (and, ahem, as adults?). It’s also a pervasive ingredient in pharmaceutical and personal care products. This wouldn’t be much of a problem, were it not for the product’s origins. Add to that the recent collagen craze that has health seekers adding gelatin powder to coffee, smoothies, and juices all in the quest for beauty– never mind the fact that gelatin is anything but beautiful. While gelatin makes many people think of soft, and pleasantly squishy things, the reality is that gelatin is little more...

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Michael Kors/Jimmy Choo Going Fur-Free, Debuting a ‘Luxe’ Vegan Alternative in 2018

Michael Kors is officially going fur-free. Kors and his brand announced today that fur will no longer be used in the company’s products. Production will be phased out at the end of December 2018. This new policy will not only apply to the Michael Kors brand, but also to Jimmy Choo, another high-ranking fashion brand that Kors acquired last July. In the past, Michael Kors has sent multitudes of furs down the runway. Animal rights violations inherent to the fur industry were brought directly to Kors’ attention when a big speech at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art was interrupted in June...

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Vegan Restaurant ‘Planta’ Announce Expansion into the US

Planta, a Toronto-based, vegan restaurant, announced it will be opening its second location in 2018 in the United States. The company is excited to bring locally sourced, plant based food, and an elevated ambiance to a new Miami location. Their mission is simple: “… to deliver delicious food while minimizing the environmental footprint, at every price point.” The restaurant will be specifically be opening at 850 Commerce Street in the trendy South of Fifth neighborhood. Specific dishes include cauliflower tots, crabs cakes, the Planta burger, coconut ceviche, and the 18 carrot dog. There will be more than 100 percent, plant...

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Vegan Footwear Brand “Native Shoes” Expands to First Brick and Mortar Store

Native Shoes, a Vancouver-based, vegan footwear line has opened its first physical location today. After two months of construction, the store is open to the public, offering the brand’s shoes for men, women, adults of all genders, and children. With offerings from slip-ons, to sneakers, and boots, there’s something for everyone — what’s better, all of the shoes are vegan and “beast free,” as Native Shoes calls it. CEO Scott Hawthorn talked to LIVEKINDLY about the mission of Native Shoes, as well as the ethos behind the brand. “Choosing to include more beast free products in your life has...

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Vegan Meat to be Served in 600 Stores to 1.5 Million People in Denmark

Dansk Supermarked Group, the largest Danish supermarket retailer, is set to introduce vegan minced meat to over 600 of their stores. The product, which was made by the Aarhus based company Naturli Foods, will be making its way to locations all over the Danes. CEO Henrik Lund is understandably enthusiastic about this big step forward. This move began with what Lund calls a coincidence. “I met the senior category manager of fresh meat from Dansk Supermarked Group Kasper Fuglsang by coincidence, and he told me that if I could present a product that tastes good and had a competitive price he would...

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Designer Shoes Are Going Vegan Following Demand for Ethical Fashion, Says Forbes Writer

According to PETA, over a billion animals are slaughtered in the global leather trade every year, a number most would agree is huge. Many people believe that they need leather for various reasons, be it the way a product looks, how long it lasts or how hardy it is, but this is so often not the case. Thankfully, there are many companies making strides in providing cruelty-free alternatives to leather products. One example is Rebecca Mink of Mink Shoes, who is attempting to challenge the largely unmoving luxury shoe industry, which has shown little change across the board as...

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9 Things You Didn’t Know About Cheese, But Wish You Did

Cheese is nearly everywhere these days. It’s the flavor of chips, in tacos, on burgers, and is also commonly eaten as a block all on its own. While America loves the yellow stuff, few know many of the facts hidden behind this all too common food. The dairy industry work overtime to keep many of the health and ethical issues of their business hidden from the public. Here’s a list of 9 things you didn’t know about cheese, but probably should. 9 Things You Didn’t Know About Cheese, But Wish You Did It’s Addictive Cheese is addictive, and this...

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10 Holiday Gift Ideas That Are Vegan, Budget, and Environmentally Friendly

Holiday shopping can be stressful and overwhelming in a number of ways. Not only is it not fun for the shopper, it can be massively detrimental to animals and the environment. Many gifts contain animal products, whether in food or cosmetics. The environment also takes a hard hit as a massive amount of paper, cards, fake Christmas trees, and gag gifts flood the trash, overwhelming our already waste-overflowing landfills. While it sounds bleak, there are very easy ways to reduce our waste and to be smarter, more conscious shoppers. Below is a guide to ways we can shop this holiday season… without...

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Zizzi’s Vegan Pizzas Set to Arrive At Sainsbury’s Nationwide

Grocery trips are about to be a lot better. Say hello to restaurant quality, hot pizzas to go, as supermarket giant Sainsbury’s — across the UK — partners with Zizzi. In a trial, starting with Sainsbury’s Balham store, the powerhouse grocer will offer a selection of Zizzi’s high-quality pizzas, including their vegan options. The pizzas can be ordered in the store, by click & collect on the Zizi website, or through Deliveroo. The CEO of Zizzi, Steve Holmes, said of this new venture: “Changing consumer lifestyles have created opportunities within casual dining and we have seen delivery sales grow...

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Tyson Increases Investment in Vegan Company, Beyond Meat

The future of food is much more vegan-friendly, so says the latest news from Tyson, the largest meat producer in the U.S. Having previously invested a five percent stake in California plant meat producer, Beyond Meat, just a year ago, Tyson has now upped its investment in the plant-based meat producer rocking the food world. Tyson’s latest move is indicative of a growing trend in the food industry as meat companies like Canada’s Maple Leaf Foods, which acquired two vegan meat producers this year, continue to seek out and support the growth in the plant-based meat alternative market. While the exact...

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Horse Drawn Carriages Banned as Mayor Declares Barcelona a “Friend to Animals”

Barcelona has banned horse-drawn carriages. The trade will be banned beginning in June 2018 with the only exception being days of traditional Spanish celebration like Los Tres Toms and the Feast of Sant Medir. After the announcement was made, Deputy Mayor Janet Sanz tweeted, “Barcelona is a friend to animals.” Given the number of incidents with horse-drawn carriages in the US alone, Barcelona is certainly showing its compassion to animals. Horse-drawn carriages are cruel for a number of reasons, including: Carriages are immense and heavy, add people to the mix and it just gets heavier, even for big, strong animals. Walking...

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4 Ways to Deal With Receiving Non Vegan Gifts This Holiday Season

It’s the holiday season, a time of celebration and gift giving for many all over the world. And where there are gifts to be given, there are inevitably going to be gifts we would rather not have received. When you’re a vegan this is doubly true, as folks will often unintentionally give you non-vegan gifts. It’s hard to know how to react to receiving non-vegan gifts, but that’s where this list comes in. The goal is to be realistic. It’s great to be an outspoken activist who is ready to school people anywhere they are, but that’s just not...

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Vegan Brand Says Working With Big Businesses Like Nestle Is Smart, Not “Selling Out”

Sweet Earth has found itself the topic of debate in the vegan and plant based world. After joining forces with multinational, business powerhouse Nestlé — who have made their business selling non vegan products — supporters of Sweet Earth sounded off on social media. While people voiced disapproval, Sweet Earth co-founder Kelly Swette was positive in her and her husband’s decision. She told FoodNavigator-USA, “I think there’s something wrong with a system that thinks it’s great for technology companies to invest in companies that want to change the food system, but somehow it’s not right for big companies to invest in them.”...

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Pork Industry Admits to Keeping a Close Eye on Vegans

It might not be fair to say the meat industry is running scared from the growing vegan movement, but it’s accurate to say that the burgeoning demand for healthier, animal-free products is on their radar. It might be even more precise to say that the pork industry, in particular, is keeping a close eye on vegans. In an editorial from Farm Journal’s Pork (FJP), the author responds to an article written by Forbes’ in-house vegan contributor, Katrina Fox, called “Move Over McDonald’s, The Future Of Fast Food Is Vegan.” The author says about Fox, “It wasn’t until I clicked on her name...

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New Resource Helps Investors Find Cruelty Free and Ethical Brands

“Ethical” is a buzzword these days, a buzzword that, through its now widespread use, has arguably lost some impact. Companies, for example, that minimize waste or have any green/environmental initiatives can label themselves as ethical brands. In the same way, a company with human rights initiatives and/or those who support a higher wage for workers could also use this label. Because of this, it’s difficult to know what ethical means and, in many ways, animals and carbon emissions are left out of the definition. One group is attempting to change that. Cruelty Free Investing is a non-profit that has...

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Instagram Takes A Huge Stand Against Animal Cruelty With New Alert System

Instagram is taking a big stand against animal cruelty and lending its powerful voice to the animals who don’t have one with a new alert system. In today’s interconnected, media-driven culture, it’s common that content — images in particular — can be delivered with inaccurate or little to no context. For example, what some folks see as a cute selfie with a koala is actually something much darker. Starting today, Instagram is rolling out a new alert system to its more than 800 million users. This alert system — which thus far seems specifically tailored to abuse against wildlife...

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French Vegan Cheese Company Produces Authentic Camembert Substitute

Vegan cheeses are becoming a bigger marketplace item these days, particularly as more folks try to move from dairy products for ethical and health reasons. Contrary to popular belief, vegans eat lots and lots of cheese. The only difference is that vegan cheese isn’t made with cow’s milk… otherwise known as dairy milk. A Lorraine-based vegan cheese business is meeting the increased demand for vegan cheese with a product all its own. Made from cashew milk instead of dairy milk — and skipping the curdling required to make cheese by dairy milk — 28-year-old vegan, Anne Guth launched Les Petits...

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How Eating Chicken Could (Seriously) Cause An Apocalypse

People often talk about the dangers of red meat but few are open to discussing the adverse effects of chicken, both internally and externally. It’s hard to talk about because people love chicken — not fun fact, chickens are the most abused animal on the planet. But the reality is that the obsession with cheap chicken, and chicken in general, is not just killing them… but us, too. To make a long, scientific explanation short, farmed animals are frequently treated with antibiotics, all the time. This means it’s not exclusively chicken consumption that is a threat to public health — it’s...

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The 7 Step Guide to Surviving Office Parties, As a Vegan, During the Holiday Season

It’s holiday season, which means it’s that time of the year when you’re encouraged (forced) to go to office parties that may or may not be the most awkward event of the year. While attitudes about office parties may vary, office parties for vegans can feel all too similar. Vegans are often left to worry about their options at parties that will likely be stacked full of food that they can’t eat. Never fear vegan partygoers. Below is a quick guide to help you survive any holiday office party. These tips will not only help you survive but will...

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American Pie’s Teenage Heart-throb is Now a Vegan Animal Rights Activist

Shannon Elizabeth was truly a fantasy woman in the 90s and early 2000s, playing charming, funny, and beautiful characters in cult classics like American Pie, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Scary Movie. However, she was then, is now, and will always be much more than her looks. These days, when she’s not standing up to Trump and his animal hunting children on Twitter, she’s leading Animal Avengers, the non-profit she founded to fight for the voiceless. Intending to be a voice for those who don’t have one, Elizabeth is currently living in South Africa to be closer to her work...

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“Cruelty Free” Dog Food Grown in Labs Could be on Shelves Within 2 Years

Dogs and cats everywhere, rejoice. Bond Pets, a Colorado-based startup, has its eyes set on bringing lab-grown, clean protein to pets nationwide. Described as “Pet food made from real animal protein, without the animal,” Bond Pets is an entirely new breed of food hoping to make mealtime extra special for cats and dogs. The developing brand was founded by Rich Kelleman, who was inspired to action after struggling with his wife to find healthy and transparent foods for their pets. Kelleman found that lots of these foods had bad, unhealthy ingredients in them, and that even the “healthier” brands...

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Dame Helen Mirren Approved Company Aims to Take Down Fur Industry

Where animal fur was once a powerhouse in the fashion industry, it is now becoming a niche item desired by few people. To many, the realities of the fur industry remain hidden, and concerningly a lot of real fur is being marketed as faux. Getting fur from animals is not like a haircut, and these animals are kept in terrible conditions, often overfed and contained in small, hard, wire cages, and often suffer from physical and emotional problems. In order for their fur to be harvested, they are eventually killed. Thankfully, fashion designer Anna Tagliabue, founder of Pelush, a luxury...

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Vegan Beauty Brand Launches Makeup Made for Trans People

For many trans people, makeup is an important part of everyday life. This is not because makeup is required to be a man or a woman — or any gender for that matter — but because makeup can often keep trans folks safer. Trans women, for example, can face huge physical and emotional threats if they do not ‘pass’ as a woman. People conflate trans women with men in dresses. In addition, people also project completely unfounded stereotypes about trans women being predators, which, like the former societal belief, is created by people who don’t want trans folks to...

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British Dietetic Association Publicly Backs Vegan Diets

Many dietitians across the globe focus specifically on advising folks on how to eat in ways that are healthy for them. However, dietitians in the UK are joining a burgeoning movement of food leaders in recognizing the impact of what we eat on the world around us.  Specifically, the environmental impacts via carbon emissions through food processes across the industry. Global agriculture is responsible for approximately 24 percent of the world’s carbon emissions. Scientists estimate that if the world adopted a plant based diet, it could lead to a near 70 percent reduction in emissions. In order to reduce the...

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Over 15,000 Scientists From 184 Countries Say Going Vegan Will Help Save The Planet

According to the Alliance of World Scientists, a group comprised of over 15,000 scientists from over 184 countries, humans need to change their individual consumption and behavior… soon. Among encouraging people to lower their use of fossil fuels and reduce their reproduction rates — because, seriously, the Earth can’t sustain all of us — they urged folks to, essentially, go vegan. They (eerily) issued a similar warning 25 years ago, talking about how rapid consumption and reproduction, as individual behaviors, could lead to ocean dead zones, ozone depletion, forest cover loss, decline in marine life, and loss of biodiversity. While the warnings...

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Introducing The Power-Pea! The New Breed of Veggies With 50% More Protein

One of the biggest questions around veganism surrounds protein, and where vegans get it from, even though cases of protein deficiency in the developed world are extremely rare. What people often forget, or are not taught in the first place, is that, in fact, it’s plants and not animals that can make their own protein. This means that animal protein is simply recycled protein (e.g., a cow eats grass, the grass was full of protein, person eats cow, person gets protein that cow got from the grass). In a world where vegans are thriving in the protein department, things are about to get...

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Vegan Women Lead the Charge At 2018 Plant Based Business Conference

Women leaders often are not given the same spotlight as their male counterparts. However, a new vegan conference challenges this unspoken social norm by recruiting only female vegan and plant-based leaders and innovators. The Plant-Powered Women Leadership Conference, as it’s called, is undeniably going to be conversation-starter and trendsetter when it comes to Sydney in the beginning of 2018. The conference was organized by Kathy Divine, a vegan author and publisher. Divine, who has written such books as Plant-Powered Women, Plant-Powered Men, and Vegans Are Cool, went into this monumental task with a very clear mindset. “The conference is a tool for sharing my vision...

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40% of Consumers Are Trying to Include More Vegan Foods into Every Meal

According to recent insights by Nielsen, the plant-based meat business is growing steadily in North America. While meat from animals is still the primary source of protein, more and more people these days are opting instead for plant-based alternatives–23 percent more–according to a recent Nielsen global survey. While this number itself is a big advancement, they found that it wasn’t just the (also growing number of) vegans who were asking for more plants. Nielsen reports that more than 39 percent of consumers in the United States and 43 percent in Canada are trying to incorporate more plant-based foods into their diet. And since...

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Vegan Food Truck Drives to Feed the Homeless with Healthy Plant Based Meals

With their monthly charitable work in homeless shelters, Atlanta-based, vegan food truck, Vego Bistro, is proof that being vegan doesn’t just have to mean standing up for animals. Through their work as a food truck and a charity — called Full Bellies: Full Hearts — they hope to expand their reach in Atlanta. Business owners Lindsay and David Esterline partner with other local organizations and offer the full range of their menu, free of charge, to folks who are homeless. Their menu includes BBQ Pulled Vork Sandwich (with jackfruit), V-egg Salad Sandwich, Macaroni and Cheez, a Taco Slack, and much more. On their...

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Vegan “The Big Bang Theory” Star Wants Justice for People and Turkeys at Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a controversial subject these days and The Big Bang Theory star and vegan activist Mayim Bialik recently weighed in on the subject. In a video entitled, “4 Reasons I Don’t Like Thanksgiving”, Bialik explores the often overlooked aspects of a holiday that may not be/deserve to be a holiday at all. And while folks may not agree with everything she says, it’s important that she opened this dialogue that, for many, gets shut down with closed minds. History will tell us that celebrating Thanksgiving is, in many ways, an act of forgetting/celebrating genocide. People’s attitudes on said genocide are...

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Harry Potter’s Evanna Lynch is Selling Magical Vegan Gift Hampers for the Holidays

No matter what holiday you celebrate this season — or whether you don’t celebrate anything at all — we could all use a little magic in our lives. And few know more about magic than Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch. To honor the holidays and the spirit of goodwill, Lynch teamed up with PETA’s youth team, peta2, and created a vegan hamper. Each hamper is filled with delicious treats like vegan chocolate frogs and a vegan almond butter caramel cup. There are also collectibles like a special Magic Vegan t-shirt and a PETA bunny necklace. “These enchanting offerings are proof...

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Vegan WWE Wrestler Fights the Food System in Must-Read Book of 2017

Three-time World Heavyweight Champion, Austin Aries is hardly the picture most imagine when they think of veganism and plant based eating. For generations, we’ve been told that meat is paramount to gaining and maintaining weight and muscle mass, however, Aries is proof that this isn’t the truth. To share this ideology with the world, he began working on his book Food Fight: My Plant-Powered Journey From The Bingo Halls To The Big Time. Aries is honest in admitting that he’s no writer. “It might take me 30 minutes to put a tweet out sometimes,” he said on Arm Drag Takedown...

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The UK Gets its First Vegan Mince ‘Meat’ Made From Veggies

In 2017, plant based eating thrived all over the world. On the cusp of the new year, plans are already being made to increase vegan and vegetarian accessibility, not only for those currently following said diets but also for those who still eat meat. In January 2018, Reroot Foods will launch GOODMINZ in the UK, making it the UK’s first vegan mince made from vegetables. GOODMINZ was created by Richard Reeves, a former chef, and food development specialist. Reeves is enthusiastic about the product, believing it will fit in nicely with the plant based future. Reeves explained: “People are increasingly on the lookout for delicious...

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Alicia Silverstone Launches Organic Vegan Health Brand in the UK

Actress and longtime vegan/animal rights advocate Alicia Silverstone is a problem solver. During her pregnancy, her midwife suggested she take a prenatal vitamin. When Silverstone couldn’t find any she felt comfortable taking — either due to it being non-vegan or full of chemicals — she decided to work on making her own. Teaming up with Garden of Life, Silverstone co-created mykind Organics. Available in the UK, the line of multivitamins is lined up to meet the many needs that the mainstream supplement industry misses. Garden of Life writes: “The mykind Organics formulas include extracts and powders from over 30 organic...

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Felicia says “Bye” to Meat and Dairy and Opens a Vegan Jackfruit Cafe

If you’ve watched TV, been on the Internet, or existed out in public in the past few years, you’ve probably heard “Bye Felicia” a time or twenty. The 90s phrase re-emerged in popular media, despite the fact that many who use it either don’t know where it came from or attribute its creation to the wrong people. While the phrase has seen heavy use in LGBTQIA+ media, its origins lie in the 1995 classic, black film Friday. And Felicia, actress Angela Means, has herself said bye to both meat and dairy and opened up her own vegan restaurant called Jackfruit Cafe. While...

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