Jemima Webber

Philadelphia’s Grindcore House and Crust Vegan Bakery Join Forces to Create Vegan Foodie Hotspot

Two popular vegan venues in Philadelphia are joining forces to build a new business, Eater reported. All-vegan coffee shop Grindcore House in Pennsport and wholesale patisserie Crust Bakery will soon open a new collaborative business in West Philadelphia. Details of the joint venture are still under wraps, however, a post by Grindcore House on social media said, “We’re excited to announce the collaboration we will be doing with Crust Bakery coming this summer. See you soon West Philly!” Of the collaboration, Eater said: “It’s not clear yet how the menus of the two locations will be fitted together.” It...

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Half of the People Ordering From This Vegan Meal Delivery Service Are Meat-Eaters

Allplants is a vegan meal delivery service operating in the United Kingdom. Since the brand’s 2016 launch, the team at allplants have been busy chasing a vision to make “plant-powered lifestyles easy, exciting and delicious,” according to a press release. Customers can choose their favourite flavours from allplants’ online menu and select the most ideal days for delivery. The meals, which are designed by nutritionists, are then handmade by a small team of experienced chefs, are frozen, and packaged to be delivered straight to your doorstep. Since its launch, the company has prepped and provided over 70,000 ready-made meals...

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Brigitte Bardot and Sophie Marceau Fight for CCTV in Slaughterhouses and the Banning of Caged Hens

Actors Brigitte Bardot and Sophie Marceau are leading a campaign in France which demands the use of cameras in slaughterhouses and aims to ban the sale of eggs from caged hens. Thirteen associations are urging lawmakers to support the animal rights bill in France’s parliament, ABC News reported. The proposed legislation also includes stricter penalties for animal abuse, doubling the current sentence to one year in prison and a fine of 15,000 euros. A recently released video featured former James Bond star, Marceau. In the clip, Marceau supports the ban of selling eggs from caged hens. The video includes...

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Nestlé Launches Vegan and Vegetarian Meats Across Major UK Supermarkets

Nestlé’s vegan and vegetarian brand Garden Gourmet will soon hit store shelves in the United Kingdom. Sainsbury’s and Ocado will be the first supermarkets to stock the meat-free meals. The move will assist Nestlé in taking “a bite out of the booming plant-based meat alternative market,” according to media publication The Grocer. The range is made up of 12 products in four categories: Familiar Swaps, Veggie Creations, Just Ingredients, and Snack On. The line includes frozen and chilled food items, including meat-free patties, falafel, chicken-style fillets, and broccoli bakes, with more products in development. The brand is not considered...

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UK’s Biggest Vegan Zero Waste Festival Let’s You Party While You Save the Planet

The largest zero-waste festival in the UK, No Planet B, is set to be held in August. The festival will feature an extensive line-up of vegan food, Stroud News and Journal reported. The event brings together innovative food experiences and ideas surrounding environmental awareness and sustainability. The co-founder and creative director of the festival, Maudie Johnson, told the news publication, “zero waste, minimalism and veganism are snowballing right now.” She continued, “We’re increasingly focusing on what we can do to assist a deteriorating environment.” To promote these efforts, the event is encouraging guests to bring their own reusable water bottles,...

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Las Vegas Police Officer Crowned ‘Sexiest Vegan Next Door’

David Anthony, a police officer in Las Vegas, has been named the 2018 Sexiest Vegan Next Door. Winners of the contest, held by animal rights organization PETA, receive a trip for two to Hawaii. Anthony “went vegan to make the world a kinder and safer place for all, including animals,” PETA wrote online. Anthony has served on the Las Vegas police force for eight years. Though he was off-duty at the time, he was one of the first officers onsite at the 2017 Las Vegas shooting. At the scene, he searched for missing people and evacuated citizens. Speaking to Fox...

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Cate Blanchett Feeds Jimmy Fallon ‘the Best Goddamn Burger You Will Have in Your Life’ – and It’s Vegetarian!

Academy Award-winning actor Cate Blanchett recently appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. In the segment, Blanchett, who eats meat, feeds a vegetarian burger to Fallon after naming it “the best goddamn burger.” The episode was presented in front of an audience from different fields of the military who were in town for New York’s 30th Fleet Week. “It’s burger season now,” Fallon said to the audience as the segment opened. “It’s always burger season,” Blanchett commented. The Aussie celeb went on to admit that she is “always disappointed by the American burger.” “So I have got an...

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Vegan Campaign Encourages Dairy Drinkers to ‘De-Calf’ Their Coffee

A newly announced campaign encourages the public to ditch dairy in favor of a plant-based milk. The initiative, launched by PETA, sees thousands of coffee cup sleeves urging dairy drinkers to “De-Calf Your Coffee.” The campaign will appear in America’s top dairy-producing states, PETA reported. The campaign was inspired by recent political moves that aim to prohibit certain companies from using the word “milk” in packaging and advertisements. The ban will apply to all forms of milk besides milk coming from a “hooved animal.” In response, PETA’s campaign urges the public to ditch dairy milk altogether. Hundreds of coffee...

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Even America’s Biggest Meat Processor is Realizing Animal Agriculture Is Over

Future Meat Technologies (FMT), a company producing slaughter-free clean meat, recently spoke to Food Navigator about the evolving food system. Earlier this year, FMT received a hefty $2.2 million investment from Tyson Foods, a leading meat producer in the US. Tyson previously invested in Memphis Meats, that also produces clean meat, as well as the plant-based meat company, Beyond Meat. FMT’s founder and biomedical engineer, Professor Yaakov Nahmias, commented, “I think Tyson realizes that traditional animal agriculture has really reached capacity, and if we want to continue to feed more people and grow new markets we need to start...

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New Vegan Stock Index Valued at More Than $255 Billion

A new stock index supports vegan and environmentally friendly businesses. As well as helping investors avoid companies that are detrimental to the environment, the new stock index is said to be making more money than other indexes. The US Vegan Climate Index makes it easier than ever for individuals to invest in businesses that align with their values, writes Katrina Fox for Forbes. The new index excludes businesses listed on the Solactive US Large Cap Index that use animals for sport, entertainment, testing, or in food products. It also does not allow companies involved in tobacco, fossil fuels, military...

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Trader Joe’s Launches Vegan Matcha and Blueberry Lavender Almond Drinks

Trader Joe’s launched two new vegan drinks. The flavored almond milks — Matcha Almond Beverage and Blueberry Lavender Flavored Almond Beverage — are the newest items to expand the company’s vegan product range. The popular chain shared an image of the products on Instagram. Trader Joe’s captioned, “This #nondairy duo (sold separately) is about #almonds made into “milk” and artfully enhanced with #Matcha green tea powder—or natural #Blueberry flavor with #Lavender extract.” “Both are screamy (smooth + creamy) & scrumptious in #smoothies, lattés, cereal, #fruitbowls…” the business wrote. Trader Joe’s revealed the drinks are vegan, kosher, gluten-free, and free from dairy and soy. Both drinks are made with “a touch of cane sugar.” ...

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Australia’s First All-Vegan Mall Opens on the Gold Coast

Australia’s popular tourist hotspot, the Gold Coast, is now home to the country’s first-ever vegan mall. The LC – short for Lovechild Market Place — is located on a 1000-square metre premises in Miami, Queensland, and is dedicated solely to plant-based and cruelty-free businesses. Visitors can enjoy a variety of restaurants, bars, and retail services at the marketplace, which opened on April 29. The Urban List named the launch “one of the most anticipated new openings of 2018.” “Prepare for your mind to be blown!” the publication wrote. “Not only is this Gold Coast’s first permanent plant-based marketplace, it’s the...

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90 Celebrities Including Cameron Diaz, Simon Cowell and Pierce Brosnan Fight to End Dog and Cat Meat Trade in Indonesia

A number of celebrities, including Pierce Brosnan, Cameron Diaz, and Simon Cowell, have signed a petition that pushes for the end of the dog and cat meat trade in Indonesia. The letter, that addresses President Joko Widodo of Indonesia, was signed by more than 90 names in the acting, music, and sports industries. The petition urges President Widodo to end the “brutal slaughter of millions of dogs and cats for the meat trade,” reads a new press release. Joining Brosnan, Diaz, and Cowell in signing the petition is Ellen DeGeneres, US popular talk show host and animal rights activist. In...

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Vegan Celebrity Sia Joins Cast of New Animal Rights Documentary Dominion

Animal welfare documentary “Dominion” has announced another narrator of the film. Australian musician and vegan Sia will be joining the cast, according to an announcement made today on social media. “We’re excited to announce the third narrator of Dominion, Australian singer-songwriter Sia,” the Dominion team wrote. “Within the next week, we hope to announce the final remaining narrators, after which DVDs will be hitting the presses (pre-order now at shop.dominionmovement.com). Thanks everyone for your patience!” Sia will join actors Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara who also narrate in the feature-length film that exposes the “numerous ways animals are used and abused in Australia,” according to the trailer’s...

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Student Grows Vegetables on Top of Landfill to Feed Communities in Need

Joy Youwakim, an economics student at the University of Texas in Austin, is growing produce on top of a landfill to feed her town. The innovate idea aims to address problems of food security in areas classified as food deserts, which are defined as being void of supermarkets that stock fresh fruits and vegetables and other healthy staples within a reasonable distance. Many communities living near landfills face economic struggles; the Austin landfill where Youwakim grows produce is located in Del Valle, with no nearby markets, many people in the area buying much of their food at the local...

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Celeb Karlie Kloss Says We’ll All Be Eating Vegan Beyond Burgers in the Future

American entrepreneur and supermodel, Karlie Kloss is the founder of Kode With Klossy, a non-profit that empowers females to take the lead in technology fields. In a recent Kode With Klossy video segment, the Victoria’s Secret model spoke about vegan brand Beyond Meat and its place in the future of food. In collaboration with Ford STEAM Experience, Kloss met with “a few of the brightest minds shaping what’s next” to release online episodes covering four industries: mobility, space, food, and gaming. Snippets of the episodes, which were directed by Eliza McNitt, were shared on Kloss’ Instagram to her 7.2 million...

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Dogs Trained to Hunt Poachers in an Effort to Save Rhinos From Extinction

Rancher Joe Braman has partnered with the South African conservation alliance to end rhino poaching and protect animals on the brink of extinction, the Victoria Advocate reported. Braman believes the solution lies in man’s best friend. With the help of retired K-9 handler and trainer Esequiel Ortiz, Braman has trained 50 dogs to hunt and “arrest” criminal poachers. Braman first coined the idea after an up-close encounter with a rhinoceros. The animal stood before Braman, without its iconic horns and was “barely breathing,” the Victoria Advocate said, noting that the animal was “on the brink of becoming a part of...

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Vegan Ice Cream Locator Launched by Häagen-Dazs

Häagen-Dazs has made it easier than ever for dairy-free sweet tooths to find their favorite flavors of ice cream. The company recently added its non-dairy range to its ice cream flavor locator, VegNews reported. Now, fans are able to find which stores across the US stock Häagen-Dazs vegan flavors. Häagen-Dazs has been producing ice cream since 1961. According to its website, the brand’s founder, Reuben Mattus, had a vision to “make the best ice cream in the world using high quality, carefully selected ingredients.” “Reuben believed that if you were going to indulge in ice cream, it should be...

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All-Vegan Delivery Service Launches on Australia’s Gold Coast

Herbidoor, an all-vegan meal delivery service, has launched in Australia’s Gold Coast. 7 News Gold Coast reported on the new business in a recent segment. “Herbidoor is the latest food delivery service to hit the coast,” the news outlet said. “It all starts here, Matthew Goss [Herbidoor’s founder] finds fresh produce at a local farmer’s market, cooks it to perfection, and packages by hand. It’s then put in the car and delivered to your front door.” The business rotates its menu choices weekly to provide variety to its customers. This week, Herbidoor is offering Stroganoff with Roasted Rosemary Potato Gems,...

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Vegan Cafe Sells $1,000 Worth of ‘Blue Smurf’ Superfood Lattes a Day

A colourful, plant-based superfood “Smurf Latte” has been raking in money for one Australian business. Vegan café Matcha Mylkbar in Melbourne earns $1,000 a day from sales of the Smurf Latte alone, the Central Telegraph reported. Popularity boosted at the café after its founders Sarah Holloway and Nick Davidson posted an image of their new Smurf Latte on social media. Within 24 hours, the beverage had made global headlines, the Central Telegraph said. Suddenly, the queue for the café wrapped around the block as customers waited up to three hours to try the blue latte. The Smurf Latte, made from...

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Kenya to Enforce Capital Punishment for Wildlife Poaching

Wildlife poachers in Kenya may soon face capital punishment, The Independent reported. The death penalty could soon be given to those who break the law in an effort to preserve endangered species. The country’s tourism and wildlife minister, Najib Balala, stated that more needs to be done to protect wild animals in the nation. “We have in place the Wildlife Conservation Act that was enacted in 2013 and which fetches offenders a life sentence or a fine of US$200,000,” Balala said. “However, this has not been deterrence enough to curb poaching, hence the proposed stiffer sentence.” Elephants, hippos, giraffe,...

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Tesco to Launch World’s First Store-Bought Vegan Steak in Over 400 Stores

Vivera has created an entirely plant-based steak. Europe’s largest supermarket chain, Tesco, will be the first to sell the innovative vegan product in more than 400 locations across the UK. According to a press release, the business has noted a “strong growing international demand for plant-based products.” As of June this year, several other large retailers will begin selling the “groundbreaking” vegan steak. The item is expected to appear in the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Italy later this year. Vivera has begun production of its new meat-like, yet meat-free, product and expects to put out several million items this year. Gert...

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100% Pure Raises Money With Vegan Products to Save Dogs From Yulin Meat Festival

Cosmetics brand 100% Pure announced it will donate profits from sales of selected products to charities working to rescue dogs from the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China. The Yulin Dog Meat Festival, which takes place in June, is an annual ten-day event that sees the death of 10,000 dogs for human consumption. Activists have opposed the festival for years, namely due to inhumane methods of slaughter and substandard hygiene practices, the Independent said. Further, visitors have reported sighting dogs with collars, signifying they are stolen pets. 100% Pure wrote online, “We, the founders and the entire 100% Pure...

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Single-Use Items Make up 89% of Plastic Waste in the Ocean

A new press release by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) highlighted the threat of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. According to the organization, 89 percent of the plastic in the ocean is single-use plastic items such as plastic bags, straws, and disposable utensils. This data was collected through more than 5,000 dives that collected 3,000 pieces of manmade debris. Further, the pollution is now reaching deeper ocean locations than ever. UNEP stated plastic bags were found in the Marina Trench, the world’s deepest ocean trench. The region extends 10,898 meters below the surface of the water. “Finding plastic...

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Vegan Beauty Products See Growing Demand in India

The demand for vegan beauty products is growing in India, the Indian Express reported. “Thanks to conscious consumers, the demand for natural, organic and vegan beauty products is on the rise in India,” the news publication said. Data from Market Research Future found that the cruelty-free cosmetics market is set to increase 6.1 percent between 2017 to 2023. India was identified as one of the top exporters. According to one name in the beauty industry, the rise in vegan products has corresponded with an increased focus on ethical consumerism. Shankar Prasad is the founder of cosmetics brand Plum, which...

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‘Extensive’ New Vegan Menu Launches in Select NHS Hospitals

Hospitals in East Lancashire launched an “extensive vegan menu,” the Lancashire Telegraph reported. The changes were made as part of a campaign by The Vegan Society to improve vegan menu offerings in the public sector. The campaign was launched on NHS Sustainability Day to “ensure the needs of vegans are met in public sector institutions, and that more vegan options are served on public sector menus,” the Lancashire Telegraph wrote. The society is urging government bodies to better cater to the growing vegan population. East Lancashire is “ahead of the curve,” according to the Lancashire Telegraph, with its menu that...

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Wagamama to Launch Vegan Society Approved Seitan Katsu Curry on New Asian-Inspired Menu

Popular UK-based food chain, Wagamama, which serves Japanese inspired cuisine, is adding more vegan options to its menu. The announcement was made on The Vegan Society’s Instagram page. The organization revealed Wagamama is set to see some “exciting vegan developments,” including new dishes and revamps of old favourites. “The new katsu curry will be hitting stores soon,” The Vegan Society said. The organization added: “Their mixed mushroom and panko aubergine hirato steamed buns are getting a vegan makeover, as is the #yasaikatsu. The much anticipated seitan katsu will be rolled out too!” The new dishes join existing plant-based options...

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Taco Bell to Launch 3 Vegan Spicy Sauce-Flavored Chips

Taco Bell announced the launch of a new range of tortilla chips at grocery and convenience stores around America. Animal rights organization PETA confirmed that the snacks are vegan. “Taco Bell is making it even easier for fans to connect with the nation’s leading Mexican-inspired restaurant brand by bringing them the Taco Bell flavors they crave at home, on the go or when upping their chip and dip game for their next party,” the brand said in a press release. “This launch of our first line of sauce packet-inspired chips gives our fans a new way to access a...

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Vegan Actor Evanna Lynch Fights to Ban Elephant Rides Due to Animal Abuse

Vegan, activist and actor Evanna Lynch, best known for her portrayal of Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter film series, is urging the public to boycott elephant rides. After an invitation by charity Save The Asian Elephants (STAE), Lynch journeyed to India with news publication The Sun to raise awareness about the cruelty of the animal entertainment industry. More than 850,000 people from the UK visit India every year. Many participate in the animal tourist attraction “without realising the true horror of captivity for these intelligent creatures when we pay to ride them or take a selfie,” the publication wrote....

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Woody Harrelson Credits Vegan Diet for His High Energy Levels

In a recent interview with In Style, vegan actor Woody Harrelson spoke out about the benefits of following a plant-based diet. Harrelson, who is set to appear in the upcoming film Solo: A Star Wars Story, is a long-time vegan. The Hollywood actor has previously encouraged Liam Hemsworth to give up meat and dairy and inspired Stranger Things star Sadie Sink to go vegan. Harrelson is also the owner of the world’s first organic vegan beer garden. In Style believe Harrelson’s plant-based diet is what is keeping him looking young. “Prior to our interview, he shuffles out of the...

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Tesco Combats Food Waste Epidemic With ‘Ugly Veggie’ Juice Range

UK food giant, Tesco, is set to launch a line of cold-pressed juices to combat food waste, FoodBev Media reported. The veggie range, titled Waste NOT, will be made solely from fruit and vegetables that do not fit produce specifications and would otherwise be discarded. According to Tesco, the new product line could save up to 3.5 tonnes of surplus fruit and vegetables in the first 12 weeks alone. Initially, four flavours will be available: Orange, carrot & apple; beetroot & apple; apple watermelon, strawberry, cucumber & mint; and orange, apple, celery, and spinach. Jo Batty, prepared fruit buyer at...

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Oakland, CA, Moves to Limit Single-Use Plastic

The use of plastic straws in restaurants, bars, and cafes throughout Oakland, Calif., is set to see changes. The Oakland City Council recently voted unanimously to pass a law restricting access to single-use plastic straws, KTVU reported. The new ordinance means that straws will only be available to customers upon request. “Plastic straws pose a long-term threat to marine life, waterways and natural habitats, such as Lake Merritt, and eventually local residents by way of food consumption and collateral environmental effects,” said City Councilman Abel Guillen, author of the ordinance, in a statement. “There are easy, convenient and economical ways around this...

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Kim Kardashian Ditches Fur: ‘Faux is My New Thing’

Reality television star Kim Kardashian West revealed she has ditched fur, the Metro reported. The 37-year-old celebrity made the announcement on a recent Snapchat post. In the social media update, the celebrity shared that she was attending a high school reunion party. The group’s celebration expanded to Las Vegas where Cher was performing in concert. “I’m here in Vegas to see Cher,” Kardashian said in her Snapchat story and proceeded to show her fans her Cher-inspired look. The outfit replicated an outfit the musician wore in 1974 for a production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” The original outfit featured fur trimmings, however, referring to the modern version, Kardashian was quick to comment, “You guys, it’s faux fur.” “That’s my new thing, faux,” she added. Increasingly, the world is going fur-free. Donatella Versace, the head of Italian fashion label Versace, recently announced the brand is ditching fur. “Fur? I am out of that. I don’t want to kill animals to make fashion. It doesn’t feel right,” Donatella said in an interview. The fur-free decision is out of character for Kardashian, who has previously sported animal skins and fur both in public and on the star’s Instagram, which has 110 million followers. Some have speculated that the move was inspired by Pamela Anderson’s encouragement. Anderson previously published an open letter addressed to Kardashian, urging the star to drop fur. “I’m writing...

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Greyhound Racing Officially Banned in Australia’s Capital City, Canberra

Greyhound racing is now officially banned in Canberra, ACT, Australia’s capital city. The legislation was proposed last year due to concerns surrounding animal welfare but only came into effect on Monday. Those caught racing greyhounds could now face a $15,000 fine or jail time. The ban came about after Attorney-General Gordon Ramsay presented data to the Legislative Assembly during a government debate. The research analyzed the experiences of racing dogs in Canberra over a 12-month period. It found that over one-third of injured greyhounds “disappeared” from the sport, the ABC reported. “Just five of those 28 greyhounds are listed...

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Vegan Cheese Launches in Over 100 Bella Italia Restaurants

UK-based Bella Italia, a chain of restaurants serving Italian food, has debuted vegan cheese at its more than 100 locations across Britain. The new addition was included in a recent menu update. Executive chef Vittorio Lettieri is behind the changes, which, according to Bella Italia, were made to cater to the growing vegan market as well as the demand for “healthier options.” The dairy-free cheese isn’t the first vegan-friendly item to appear on the chain’s menu. Diners can opt for pasta dishes such as Lenticchie or Pomodoro, with the option of swapping out the wheat-based pasta for spiralised vegetable...

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Vegan Diet Could Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and Early Death, Says Doctors

Following a plant-based diet could reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems and early death as effectively as pharmacotherapies, medical news publication Healio reported. During a recent presentation featuring Kim Allan Williams, MD, former president of the American College of Cardiology, and James B. Herrick, professor and chief of the division of cardiology at Rush University Medical Center, the pressing issue of cardiovascular disease (CVD) was explored. Helio highlighted that although the American Heart Association has released “Life’s Simple 7” to assist patients in managing their health, only three percent of Americans achieve these targets. Williams stated, “The No. 1 [non-pharmacologic intervention]...

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2 Vegan LGBTQIA Activists Nominated for ‘Sexiest Vegan Next Door’

Animal rights organization PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is in the process of determining who will be crowned 2018’s Sexiest Vegan Next Door. Teacher Melissa Faulisi, who identifies as a gay woman, and drag queen Honey LaBronx, are both in the running to win the title. Each year, PETA holds contests to discover the best of the best in the vegan world. Awards for the best vegan fashion, food, innovation, athlete, and influencer are among the titles given out annually. Among other criteria, contestants in the “Sexiest Vegan Next Door” category are judged on their “enthusiasm...

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Fall Out Boy Team Up With Vegan Fast Food Chain for ‘Mania’ World Tour

San Francisco-based vegan fast food chain, VeganBurg, has revealed it is the “official food provider” for rock band Fall Out Boy’s upcoming world tour for the “Mania” record release. VeganBurg made the announcement on its Instagram account, teasing: “Guess who is the official food provider for Fall Out Boy Mania Tour???” “We are!” The band will play 80 shows across North America, South America, Europe, Oceania, and Asia. Fall Out Boy’s drummer, Andy Hurley, is a vegan. Hurley opened an entirely plant-based café in Portland, Oregon, and has formed a “vegan, straight edge punk band” consisting of all-vegan band members....

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Vegan ‘Butchers’ to Feature in Upcoming ‘Dragons’ Den’ Series

Vegan butcher shop, The Very Good Butchers, is set to appear on CBC’s “Dragons’ Den”, news publication CHEK News reported. According to the publication, The Very Good Butchers has recently returned from Toronto where filming for the television show took place. “Dragons’ Den” is a television series whereby up-and-coming entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a panel of five multimillionaires. The proposals, which must take place in under three minutes, are made in hopes of being selected by one of the panel members for an investment opportunity. The Very Good Butchers is a plant-based butchery operating in Canada. Using...

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Poor Diet is Leading Cause of Death in America, Says New Study

New research finds diseases relating to diet are the leading causes of death in the United States. Dietary risks were reported to be the cause of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, blood diseases, and endocrine diseases, among others. The new study systematically analyzed previous studies and data to explore how risk factors of disease and injury have developed over time, and how these varied in each state. The research examined 333 causes and 84 risk factors over a period spanning from 1990 to 2016. Prevalence, incidence, mortality, life expectancy, healthy life expectancy, years of life lost due to premature mortality, years lived...

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A Vegan Diet Could Prevent One-Third of Early Deaths, According to Harvard Research

New research from Harvard scientists concluded that at least one-third of premature deaths could be prevented by shifting to a plant-based diet, the Telegraph reported. The news publication said: “Dr Walter Willett, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard Medical school said the benefits of a plant-based diet had been vastly underestimated.” The Telegraph highlighted Dr Willett’s recent attendance at the Unite to Cure Fourth International Vatican Conference. At the conference, Dr Willett explained the team had been “looking at the question of how much we could reduce mortality shifting towards a healthy, more plant based diet.”  The data...

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Crossroads Vegan Restaurant Welcomes Rock Icons from Guns N’ Roses, Ramones, and Stray Cats

Some legendary rock icons were recently spotted at a vegan restaurant in Los Angeles. The drummers from bands Stray Cats, Ramones, and Guns N’ Roses were seen visiting the Crossroads Kitchen together in a recent Instagram post. ‘Slim Jim Phantom’ from the Stray Cats, the Ramones’ Marky Ramone, and former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler grouped together for a photograph in what appears to be the kitchen of the plant-based venue. Another image, posted by Marky Ramone, showed the three getting involved in the preparing of the meat-free meals. Ramone’s caption read, “Cooking in L.A . Amongst other...

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Director James Cameron Says a Vegan Diet Can Put Viagra Out of Business

Director James Cameron has spoken up about the benefits of a plant-based diet for performance in the bedroom, The Star reported. “I’d love to put Viagra out of business, just by spreading the word on plant-based eating,” Cameron revealed to The Star. The upcoming documentary film The Game Changers, of which Cameron is the executive producer, touches on the issue while exploring the impact of a vegan diet on human health. The Star explained: “[The film] shows three men in a clinical test conducted by urologist Dr. Aaron Spitz, author of The Penis Book, which indicates that they had much...

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Dominican Republic Bans the Sale of Dolphins for Entertainment

The Dominican Republic has passed legislation that prohibits the sale of dolphins, Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project reported. The new legislation, published by the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, is said to cover a period of five years. During this time, dolphins cannot be purchased or sold within the Caribbean nation. While the ruling does not ban the captivity of dolphins at current facilities, Dolphin Project, the longest-running anti-captivity dolphin organization in the world, believes the legislation will still have an impact. The organization commented that the ruling will make it “more difficult, if not impossible” to...

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New NYU Institute to Study Animal Agriculture’s Impact on Climate Change

New York University has launched a research unit which links policies surrounding environmental and animal welfare-related concerns, New York University revealed in a news release. The Center for Environmental and Animal Protection (CEAP) will complete research, arrange workshops, and produce policy recommendations. This work may then be used by advocacy groups and policymakers. The center will see scholars and the private sector partnering together on a global scale and will hold an emphasis on the merging of environmental and animal protection issues. “The nexus of animal agriculture, climate change, and conservation represents one of the most pressing and least...

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Israeli Meat Company to Launch New Vegan Range and Donate Profits to ‘Clean Meat’

Israeli-based food company, Soglowek, has announced it is launching a new range of vegan meats, The Good Food Institute (GFI) reported. According to GFI, the plant-based line, Zoglo’s, will donate 20 percent of its profit to SuperMeat, an Israeli ‘clean meat’ start-up. Soglowek “is as well-known for its salami and sausage as it is for its kosher and vegetarian products,” GFI commented. However, the CEO of Soglowek, Eli Soglowek, has now said he would like to “invest time and money to do to the meat industry what Elon Musk is doing to the automobile industry.” “I believe it’s grand, and...

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Berkeley to Host Vegan Sustainability Festival for Earth Day

Berkeley, California is set to hold its very own vegan Earth Day. According to a press release, the event, which includes food, drinks, art, crafts, and music, intends to unite veganism and environmentalism in order to educate the public on how to “save the environment together.” The press release noted, “as far as we know this is the only 100% vegan earth day on the West Coast.” Berkeley Earth Day will host dozens of vegan vendors. Guests can try a variety of plant-based food in a “sustainable food court.” Chalk Hill Cookery will be serving up Young Coconut Noodles,...

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Vegan Restaurant Chain ‘By Chloe’ Launches Plant-Based CBD Oil Brownies for 4/20

In honor of 420 Day, vegan bakery Sweets by Chloe launched plant-based chocolate brownies made with CBD oil, magazine ‘Health’ reported. 420 Day is an annual celebration of marijuana that falls on the 20th day of the fourth month of the year. The “4/20” phrase is used colloquially in cannabis culture and refers to the time of the day considered most popular to smoke cannabis – 4:20 pm. The new vegan sweet, aptly titled The Mary Jane Brownie, contains Cannabidiol, or CBD, a compound found in cannabis. CBD oil is legal in several states in America, Health highlighted, and...

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Vegan Fish Company Good Catch Foods Set to ‘Disrupt the Seafood Industry’

Vegan seafood brand, Good Catch Foods, has received another round of funding, according to a recent article in The Spoon. The investment was said to be netted from a Series A funding round last week. The boost in support would allow Good Catch to further its mission of “disrupting the seafood category, not the ocean’s resources” by producing animal-free, plant-based fish products. Shredded tuna, crab cakes, and fish patties are among the items in the works. Every fish product is, technically, fish-free; Good Catch chefs Chad Sarno and Derek Sarno – the brothers behind Tesco’s Wicked Healthy vegan range – create...

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Oatly Ups Plant Milk Production As Demand for Vegan Products Rises

Vegan oat milk has become so popular that coffee shops are running out of stock, financial magazine Bloomberg reported. Oat milk producer, Oatly Inc., is increasing manufacturing in an attempt to meet demand. “There’s a new plant milk in town, and it’s started such a craze that coffee shops across the country are struggling to keep up with demand,” the publication commented. In fact, “it’s gotten so popular that just in the last month, some coffee shops were left without oat milk for days, even weeks.” To combat this, Oatly is reportedly working with its manufacturing partners to boost...

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