Jemima Webber

School Reduces Meat and Ups Vegan Options to Tackle Climate Crisis

California is striving for a cleaner and greener future, the San Francisco Examiner reports. With ambitions to cut their carbon footprint, Oakland Unified School District made an inspired change toward plant based menus at schools. In turn, the schools’ carbon footprint was cut by 14% in two years. Additionally, water loss saw a 6% improvement and $42,000 was saved. The change was made after a study revealed the staggering difference in carbon emissions for plant based food compared to meals containing meat. Research showed that the carbon footprint of animal products was 76%, compared to just 7% for fruit...

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Scientists Combat Food Waste With Innovative Take on Tofu

Food scientists from Singapore are revolutionising the way we think about and combat food waste. Currently, one third of the food produced worldwide is wasted. That’s roughly 1.3 billion tonnes of unused food. These losses equate to $310 and $680 billion for developing and industrialised countries respectively. Okara is the by-product of soymilk and tofu; a substance left over during the manufacture of these items. Presently, 10,000 tonnes of okara is disposed of every year, as many producers believe it to be useless. While it holds nutritional value, the product is too bland to be enjoyed among the masses....

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Vegan Beauty Startup Set to Hit $1M Turnover Due to Unexpected Popularity

Vegan skincare business Meow Meow Tweet has seen impressive growth, as reported by the BBC. The small-batch organic company are “getting close” to reaching a yearly income of $1 million. Currently, they sell around 2,000 items per month. Founded by couple Jeff Kurosaki and Tara Pelletier, the cruelty-free certified business was initially created to fund their music and art careers. The company began by selling soap at markets and fairs, making $4,000 in their first year of business. As they grew in popularity, the pair realised “this is either a hobby or a real thing”. They told the BBC that from there,...

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L’Oreal is Labeling Products 100% Vegan – But Here’s What You Need to Know

Cosmetics giant L’Oreal has been called out by consumers for mislabelling their products as vegan. Twitter user @jonaweinhofen shared a photo of a L’Oreal product with the marker ‘100% VEGAN’. However, points out that the stamp is not certified and since the company’s products are tested on animals, they are not vegan. Since the demand for vegan products is growing, many brands may adopt the vegan label as a marketing ploy. However this may not be wise, particularly when the label is falsifying information. For example, the FDA states that there is no current legal definition of the terms including “Cruelty-Free”...

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16 Vegan Appetizers That Even Meat Eaters Will Love

It’s easier than ever to go meat-free at parties or dinners, especially now supermarkets are stocking treats such as vegan sausage rolls and deli meats.  But sometimes nothing beats home cooked food made with love, and these 16 appetizers are a great way to get inventive in the kitchen. 16 Vegan Appetizers That Even Meat Eaters Will Love 1. Hummus A favourite among vegans and non-vegans alike, serve with carrot, cucumber, celery, or anything that can be dipped! Make your own using this recipe. 2. Loaded Avocado Quesadillas For the avocado-lovers, these veggie-packed quesadillas will make your night. You can see...

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Vegan Substitutes ‘Stealing’ Market Share from Meat Industry, Says New Report

A recent report by Rabobank has revealed that alternative proteins are ‘stealing’ growth from meat products, as the vegan market moves toward becoming mainstream. Plant-based meat substitutes, emerging alternatives and lab-grown meat products were identified as alternative proteins that are “competing so successfully for the centre of the plate”. The main drivers behind this rising popularity are identified as animal welfare, health concerns around eating meat and environmental issues including global warming and deforestation. Global Strategist of Animal Protein Justin Sherrard states that these drivers are “strong and persistent” and will “continue over the next five years, at least”....

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NASCAR Driver Credits Long Term Vegan Diet for Fuelling His On-the-Go Lifestyle

NASCAR driver Landon Cassill competes in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series full-time. He has traveled to 36 NASCAR races in recent months. And according to publication For The Win, he gave up animal products five years ago. After being inspired by his wife’s vegan diet, as well reading books by vegan athlete Rich Roll, Cassill decided to take the pledge himself. He explains that he went from “eating like a kid” to becoming more aware of nutrition. He states that he now uses “food as fuel”. He says that being vegan has helped to change his snacking habits,...

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17 Christmas Stocking Fillers to Buy for Your Vegan Friends

The holiday season is upon us! While your vegan loved ones will surely appreciate whatever you do for them, here are 17 ideas to help fill that stocking. 17 Stocking Fillers to Buy Your Vegan Friends 1. For the Funny Friend This tiny plant pet is the ideal gift for your avocado-loving pals who have a sense of humour. It also comes as a bean or tofu! 2. For the Foodie Friend Cookie dough in a tub? And it’s vegan? Just give me a spoon and leave the room, thanks. 3. For the Friend Who Loves to Cook Vegan for Everybody by...

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Vegans are “by Far the Sexiest” with 62% More Online Dating Messages

Looking for love? Being vegan can get you more interest, according to a recent data study by “#1 dating app” Zoosk. The company analysed almost four million online dating profiles and over 350 million first messages to explore whether food plays a role in attraction. The research showed that “Vegans are by far the sexiest option and get 62% more messages” than the average. Similarly, saying you’re vegetarian in your profile will get you up to 52% more messages. This is especially impressive, Zoosk points out, as just two years ago the mention of being a vegetarian actually decreased responses by...

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New Study Suggests Soy Consumption Could Help Fight Breast Cancer

The effect of soy on health has been a hotly debated topic for some time. However, a new study has claimed that a compound found in soy could help prevent the development of breast cancer. Researchers from the University of Arizona analyzed whether a property found in soy products could affect breast cancer development. Ultimately, this could reconfigure therapies used to treat cancers. Why soybeans? The popular legume contains a high protein level similar to that of meat. It is also high in calcium and iron and can improve heart health. Genistein is also found in soy. Genistein is...

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Animal Production to Increase by 50% if the World Continues to Eat Meat, Study Finds

The current farming system causes high greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity loss, eutrophication of land and water bodies (which can leave these areas lifeless) as well as a multitude of other issues. However, a recent study found that by reducing the production of animals as food, a “100% conversion to organic agriculture” could be achieved. This transformation would cut pesticide use, reduce carbon emissions and improve overall sustainability. Additionally, the report highlights that by 2050, animal agriculture would need to increase by 50% to feed the projected population. However, Professor of Sustainable Culture Les Firbank suggests that reducing the amount...

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Starbucks Announces Vegan-Friendly Almond Toffee Cocoa for the Holidays

Starbucks have announced their newest holiday-themed addition, Toffee Almond Milk Hot Cocoa, which can be ordered as vegan. Instead of cow’s milk, the limited edition drink features steamed almond milk, a frequent favourite among vegans. It also includes mocha sauce and toffee nut syrup, completed with whipped cream and a ‘crunchy’ Caramel Brulée topping. Consumers wanting to ‘veganize’ their drink, can request to go without the whipped cream, which is made with dairy. You could always bring your own vegan whipped cream for the full experience! Starbucks have continued to stock up on vegan-friendly options this Christmas, to cater for the ever-growing...

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90% of Adults Risk Chronic Diseases By Not Eating Enough Fruit & Veg

According to a new study, only 1 in 10 adults are consuming the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables. The American federal guidelines state that 1½ to 2 cups of fruit and 2 to 3 cups of vegetables a day is necessary for a healthy diet. It was revealed that only 9.3% of people met the standard for vegetable intake, while only 12.2% did for fruit. The author of the study explains how these low numbers increase the risk of chronic disease such as diabetes and heart disease. He says the public are “missing out on the essential vitamins, minerals...

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Vegan Doctor and Former NASA Nutritionist Shares Diet Advice at Medical Conference

Eight out of the 10 leading causes of deaths in America are health-related diseases. According to Dr Michael Klaper, diet is the major determinant, even more so than genetics. With a few exceptions, a professor once told him at medical school, “People do not get diseases, they earn them!”. Recently, the health expert toured Australia and New Zealand for a ‘Nutrition in Healthcare Symposium’, visiting a number of locations across both countries to speak on this topic. The physician recently discussed the “worst-kept secret in medicine” with the Herald. “We’ve got to stop pretending food doesn’t matter”, he states. “Obesity, clogged arteries, high blood pressure,...

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Ellen DeGeneres Trumps Hunting Laws by Raising Money for Elephants

Ellen DeGeneres says she is “determined to do something” to stop Donald Trump’s plan to lift the ban on imported hunting. In 2014, Barack Obama implemented a policy which banned hunters from bringing animal ‘trophies’ into America, a promising move toward ending the ivory trade. However, new regulations driven by Donald Trump will mean that big game hunters will be legally allowed to bring elephant trophies into America from Africa. In response to this, Ellen DeGeneres has launched a campaign to raise money for elephant conservation. In a moving and determined speech on her TV show, DeGeneres states: “Donald Trump is encouraging Americans...

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Australia’s Biggest Vegan Market to Launch This Week

Australia’s largest vegan market will take place on the 19th November in Sydney. Sydney Vegan Market has its doors open for vegans and non-vegans alike, and aims to “highlight the wonders of cruelty free living”. The event will see stalls selling cruelty-free beauty products, dairy-free ice cream, vegan donuts, candles, books, fashion items and products from a vegetarian butcher. Vegan companies such as Soul Burger, Cruelty Free Shop and fitness brand Plant Based Life will all make appearances. There will be a bar at the venue, and the team are currently inviting vegan musicians to perform. Entry to the event...

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21 Gifts a Vegan Would Want to Receive This Christmas

As Christmas draws near, getting the perfect gift can start to feel stressful. If you have a vegan in your life, this task might seem even more complicated. To make it a little easier, here are 21 things a vegan might want for Christmas. 21 Gifts a Vegan Would Want to Receive This Christmas 1. Books Check out this list of books on living a more conscious life. There’s also a great range of vegan cookbooks, see some here! 2. Vegan-Themed Clothes There are so many great slogans on different kinds of accessories. Just be mindful of items made...

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3 Ways Vegan Startups are Revolutionizing the Way We Eat ‘Meat’

A recent report by CBS Insights explores how the world is shifting toward a meatless future. In a market dominated by established big players, the vegan food industry has been heavily influenced by small businesses and startups. These “game changing startups” are creating alternative proteins and bioengineering new food sources. Ultimately, this is uprooting the meat market, and revolutionising the current system. More people than ever are turning toward veganism. Eating meat-free reduces the risk of health problems, helps to feed the growing population, and leaves a lighter footprint on the Earth. Small businesses and startups are playing a lead role in making...

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First All-Vegan Mt Kilimanjaro Trek Raises Money for Plant Based Medical Charity

The very first expedition to Mount Kilimanjaro that has featured all vegan climbers is set to take place next year. On the 1st March 2018, climbers aged between 18 and 70 will complete the Vegan Kilimanjaro Challenge in a bid to prove stereotypes wrong when it comes to the athletic abilities of vegans. The team is currently made up of 17 adventurers from the U.S., Canada, Norway and South Africa. The group have released the varying amounts of times each climber has been vegan; these range from one to 26 years of veganism. The plant-based nutrition challenge will have...

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Vegan Ice Cream Market On Track to Reach $2.5 Billion Value

A recent report by Future Market Insights reveals the global market for plant-based ice cream is set to reach $1 billion by the end of the year. These sales are estimated to amount to 194.5 thousand tonnes of vegan ice cream. The North American market for plant based ice cream is set to reach $1 billion by 2027. However, the newly released report states that within the next decade, the global market will be worth more than double this with an estimated a value of $2.45 billion. The market report describes an “increasing inclination” toward dairy-free products. Consequently, a growing number of...

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Trader Joe’s Releases New Vegan Products for Thanksgiving and Christmas

Trader Joe’s is no stranger to the kitchens of vegans; they already offer an impressive list of plant-based products. With the holiday season upon us, the company has been releasing more products to satisfy hungry vegans across the nation. Instagram user @traderjoesvegan has been documenting their vegan finds within Trader Joe’s stores. The most recent discovery was the Breaded Turkey-Less Stuffed Roast with Gravy. This 100% vegan alternative to the traditional turkey was quickly praised by consumers. The holiday season has also prompted the release of Trader Joe’s vegan stuffing. The riced cauliflower stuffing is made from carrots, dried...

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World Health Organization Warn of the Dangers of Antibiotics in Meat

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released new guidelines regarding the misuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture. WHO states that the current practices can lead to antibiotic-resistant bacteria that could then affect those consuming meat products. Currently, antibiotics are used routinely in the animal food industry to promote rapid growth and to prevent (rather than cure) illness. It is estimated that roughly 80% of antibiotic use goes toward the animal food industry. WHO recommends the general reduction of antibiotic use in the animal sector, to prevent resistance in humans. Additionally, when antibiotic use is required, the type administered should...

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India Bans Use of All Animals in Circuses After Concerning Investigations

A ban on the use of all wild animals in circuses throughout India has been put in place. According to India Today, the ban was started by India’s Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change after reports emerged of mistreatment of animals. The country’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act had previously held a ban on using bears, monkeys, panthers, lions, and tigers for entertainment purposes, however, elephants were continued to be used. Following reports of abuse, a year-long investigation was launched. This was directed by Central Zoo Authority and supported by animal rights groups. The inquiry exposed severe cruelty and abuse...

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#WhatTheFur?! LUSH Cosmetics Campaign for a Fur Free Britain

LUSH Cosmetics have partnered with Humane Society International (HSI) to launch a nationwide campaign. The #WhatTheFur?! movement is an initiative that aims to encourage people to lobby for a fur-free Britain. Despite the fact that Britain banned fur farming in 2000, following pressure from the public, Claire Bass executive director of HSI UK states: “We are not a nation free of fur”. As part of this campaign, LUSH and HSI are endeavoring to make shoppers aware they could be buying real fur falsely advertised as fake. The campaign is expanding to all 103 LUSH stores in the UK. Last week,...

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SeaWorld’s Reputation and Profits Plummet Due to Inhumane Treatment of Orcas

Today, SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. released their financial results for their third quarter, and numbers fell short of expectations. Both attendance and revenue figures dropped. While the Florida and Texas parks were affected by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, the SeaWorld report admits that other venues’ attendance suffered due to “public perception issues”. SeaWorld have been the focus of countless reports of animal cruelty, including enclosures that are drastically too small, animals contracting illnesses and enduring immeasurable mental distress. This has sparked an ever-growing campaign to boycott the theme park. The report reveals that SeaWorld attendance has declined roughly 9% in...

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New Series of MasterChef to Feature a ‘Big Push on Vegan Food’

UK competitive cooking show MasterChef: The Professionals has returned for their 10th year of screening. According to longstanding judge Marcus Wareing, this season will bring “a lot of vegan ideas, a big push on vegan food”. Wareing described this change toward plant-based cooking as “…healthy stuff: which was interesting and challenging – in a good way”.   The UK has witnessed a shift in thinking toward veganism over the past few years. A recent survey suggested that more than 50% of shoppers in Britain are adopting vegan habits. Similarly, venues have shown a 309% increase in vegan menus in the past year. A growing...

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CEO of Tyson Meat Packers is Excited for the Future of Vegan Protein

Tyson Foods is “an international leader in the food industry, especially chicken, beef and pork”. This meat company is not only a leading supplier of McDonalds, but has previously been blamed for the largest ever ocean dead zone. So why is this name and ‘veganism’ crossing paths? CEO Tom Hayes addressed the topic of vegan eating in a recent interview with North Carolina Public Radio. When asked his thoughts on plant-based protein, Hayes’ immediate response was: “Yeah. Love it”. He went on to admit that he himself eats plant-based protein. Hayes revealed that while his company aspires to “make the animal...

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NBA Players Opt for Vegan Diets to Improve Athletic Performance

Many athletes have been eating vegan for years. However, online sports publication The Ringer, states that as the NBA “shifts more and more toward speed”, more players than ever are “changing their bodies to keep pace”. Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics, recently announced he has gone vegan. He “had to get away” from eating animals. As a result, he said: “My energy is up, my body feels amazing”. Similarly, Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard cut 10 pounds by going vegan. In an interview with OregonLive Sports, Lillard spoke of wanting to “play lighter this year, be easier on my joints and on...

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Vegan Sweet Brand Launch Nationwide in UK’s Second Largest Supermarket

Calling all sweet tooths! This one’s for you. Confectionery by Free From Fellows will be sold at 330 Sainbury’s, the UK’s second largest supermarket, as of this month. Their sweets can already be purchased at Whole Foods and Holland & Barrett. The line includes flavours such as Cola Bottles, Lollipops, Pear Drops and Gummy Bears. Startup company Free From Fellows was launched this year. Their confectionery is free from sugar, palm oil, dairy, egg, soy, nuts and GMO. They are also certified by the vegan society. They are all made without gelatin. Many consumers are unaware what ‘gelatin’ really means, as...

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New Research Finds Link Between Cow’s Milk and Diabetes

A new paper has revealed a connection between dairy consumption and type 1 diabetes. Seven researchers have analyzed over 70 studies, producing a paper which has been accepted by the Journal of Nutrition & Diabetes. The paper explores individuals with genetic risk factors. The researchers state that they have evidence that the protein A1 beta-casein, which is found in cow’s milk “is a primary causal trigger of type 1 diabetes”. There was a positive correlation between the consumption of the protein (found in dairy) and the incidence of type 1 diabetes. The link between A1 beta-casein, cow’s milk, and...

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Vegan Hummus Restaurant Chain Set to Expand Across The UK

Vegan chain Humpit Hummus has received an investment that is allowing them to triple their sites over the next two years. The company was founded by entrepreneur Jonathon Philips when he was 23 years old. After just three years of business, Humpit have received a “game-changing opportunity”, according to Philips. The financial support, sourced by investment fund Venturian, will increase the current store amount from three to nine, and is set to create 50 jobs. Humpit was named Best UK Street Food Start Up just a year after launching. According to their website, the team create “authentic, great tasting,...

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One Woman Vegan Cosmetics Startup on Track to Make Quarter of a Million

A vegan makeup brand in Malaysia has proved popular by shipping 10,000 orders since its startup last year and earning $4727.57 (RM20k) a month which per annum is on track to hit 240k. In 2016, 24-year-old Adlina Nadhirah had noticed that while veganism was increasing overseas, there was a lack of vegan makeup options in her own country. Enter Velvet Vanity. This 100% vegan and cruelty-free cosmetic line was one of the first independent lipstick brands in the area. The mind behind the business, Adlina Nadhirah, is involved from “formulation to manufacturing”, creating the colours herself using natural products. She works to provide shades...

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An Open Letter to Ricky Gervais: Why You’d be a Great Vegan

Actor and comedian Ricky Gervais has stated he is donating $20,000 to animal protection organisation The Humane Society. This is one of the many contributions he has made toward similar causes (he also recently donated £100,000 to RSPCA). Gervais has been rumoured to be vegetarian and has even been celebrated as PETA’s person of the year in 2013. He has 12.8 million followers on Twitter and frequently uses the platform to speak out about animal rights issues. So why is he not vegan? Why It’s Time for Ricky Gervais to Make the Change He’s Against Animal Cruelty In the...

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Tell a Vegan Shut Up This World Vegan Day

This World Vegan Day (November 1st), entrepreneur and performer Jay Brave is telling viewers to shut up, by speaking out. Remixing a Stormzy track, Brave raps about veganism on a video he hopes will go viral. And he is doing everything in his power to make that happen. Brave has collaborated with Votch and The Humane League, as well as performing in an advert with Vevolution. Brave is a self-proclaimed activist, and frequently urges people to try veganism. His method of persuasion is performance- monologues, video parodies and spoken word. He uses these to speak out about why going...

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Campbell’s Leaves Grocery Trade Group for a Vegan Future

Campbell Soup Company has announced that it is joining the Plant Based Foods Association- the only organisation in America that represents vegan food in the market. Plant Based Foods Association educates consumers and works to reinvent policies that disadvantage vegan alternatives. The association states that it’s “goal is to level the playing field for plant-based foods to compete fairly”. Over 80 plant-based food businesses are currently represented. Campbell’s is the first major food company to join and this decision comes after the company left the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) earlier this year. Campbell’s departure from the GMA is reportedly...

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How To Survive a Zombie Apocalypse as a Vegan

Could a zombie apocalypse ever happen? “Absolutely… it could happen tomorrow” Zombie Expert Matt Mogk tells HuffPost Entertainment. The Pentagon even have a 31-page zombie apocalypse plan (yes, really). Considering this, and the fact that Halloween is upon us, it’s best you start prepping. You know, just in case. How To Survive a Zombie Apocalypse as a Vegan Stock Up On Supplies Thankfully, supermarkets are offering more vegan food than ever. Since meat and dairy will quickly spoil in an apocalyptic world, some good options include canned vegetables, cereal, non-perishable fruit, or trail mix. It’s all healthy too, it’s a no-brainer....

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Sherlock Holmes Star Benedict Cumberbatch Rumoured to be Vegan

British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who recently starred in hit TV show Sherlock Holmes, has reportedly gone vegan. He joins a growing list of celebrities who have also taken the pledge including Laverne Cox, Danielle Brookes, and Ne-Yo. Screenshots of the waiter who served Cumberbatch were posted on Twitter by vegan activist, Katie Louise Powell. Reportedly, his wife told the staff “my husband is vegan”.   In a conversation that appears to have taken place over facebook the waiter commented saying that their “face enlightened” when they heard that he was vegan. The waiter also noted that “He was really nice and...

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New Business Delivers Vegan Comfort Food Across the UK

New family-run business Vegan Delicatessen offers home-cooked vegan comfort food and is delivered to your door the very next day. Vegan Delicatessen was launched in the UK after owners Lisa and Matt posted on a vegan Facebook group and received 90 pre-orders. They opened for business the very next week. The new menu includes mouth-watering choices such as barbecue seitan ribs, breaded mozzarella sticks, pulled pork jackfruit, brownies and southern fried spicy ‘better than chicken’ burgers. Their food is “100% vegan, 100% delicious”. The company also offer a ‘bumper box’ where you can taste-test a variety of options. Owner...

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3 Ways Vegans are Revolutionizing the Future of Big Meat

You have a product that looks, feels and tastes like meat, because it is- 100% meat. It can be cooked and prepared like meat. The best, and strangest, part? No animals were harmed in the making of your burger. According to this breaking story from Organic Authority, written by LIVEKINDLY’s own Jill Ettinger, that’s just one of the ways vegans are changing the meat industry. 3 Ways Vegans are Revolutionizing the Future of Big Meat 1. Clean Meat In 2008 PETA offered one million dollars to any scientist who could create ‘clean’ chicken; meat derived from just a few chicken cells....

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Study Reveals Mushroom Protein More Satisfying Than Meat

In a recent research study, scientists compared feelings of fullness after eating mushrooms and beef. Individuals reported feeling more satisfied after meals of vegetables compared to meat. The study observed the satiety and food intake of 32 individuals for 10 days. Participants were given protein-equivalent amounts of either white button mushrooms or ground beef. Participants reported greater feelings of fullness following the meal containing mushrooms, and were also less likely to snack afterwards (“decreased prospective consumption”). There was no difference in reported levels of energy. While some meat contains more protein than an equal serving of vegetables, animal proteins are...

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Caffe Nero Gets Vegan Society Approval on New Vegan Range

Caffe Nero have announced that their vegan range is expanding. The award-winning coffee chain have teamed up with The Vegan Society to release a variety of plant-based products. New additions to Caffe Nero’s menu include orzo pasta, falafel with chestnuts and spiced slaw, apple and blackcurrant crumble bar, sweet potato falafel and beetroot hummus wrap. There is also an assortment of snacks available, such as soya porridge, fruit salad, nut mixes, fruit rolls for kids, mince pies and chocolate- all 100% plant-based. The release by Caffe Nero responds to the growing demand for vegan options. A new study shows...

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Lunchables Creator Launches Vegan Meat Company to Save Environment

Lunchables creator and “meat scientist” Rody Hawkins is now the founder and president of vegan meat company Improved Nature. The new approach is “20 times more efficient than animal agriculture”. Hawkins’ past pursuits have been far from vegan. He was the creator of Lunchables and previously worked with Slim Jim to extend the shelf-life of processed meat products. However, in 2015 the World Health Organisation released a report stating that processed meats are carcinogenic. In the same year, Hawkin’s developed vegan brand Improved Nature. At a recent conference regarding ‘Food Policy & Our Future’, Hawkins discussed Improved Nature’s innovative approach....

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15 US Schools Take Meatless Monday Pledge

‘Meatless Mondays’ will be implemented at 15 schools in Brooklyn next year. Five public schools in the city already serve vegetarian meals every day of the week. Children at the school collectively decided that they wanted to “live healthier” and do something “good for the earth”. In a visit to P.S. 1 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn’s Mayor, de Blasio, told students “I am very proud of all the students, I’m proud of everyone here for their decision”. De Blasio also stated that Gracie Mansion, the Mayor’s residence, will be participating in Meatless Mondays. His two children have also been “strict...

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Dairy Farmers Voice Concerns Over Celebrity Endorsement of Vegan Diets

Farmers in Wales have raised concerns about the growing number of people opting for dairy-free living. It was found last year that there were over half a million vegans in Britain. This is a 360% increase since 2006, making veganism the fastest growing lifestyle movement. Dairy Show chairman Colin Evans said that “Celebrities are now getting behind the promotional drives for veganism and vegetarianism”. This meant that farmers now needed to “prove” that they “produce food in a healthy manner”. However, Samantha Calvert, at The Vegan Society, said that it is “not possible to take animal products without suffering”....

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Top 5 Vegan Dog Treats You Can Make at Home

As a dog owner, it is expected that store-bought pet food is healthy and contains the right nutrients. However, canine nutrition expert Jonathan Self states that “the quality of ingredients in most dog food is appallingly low”, and “has the same effect on dogs as junk food has on humans”. Mass-produced pet food is often littered with “undesirable substances“, spoilt meat and can be sprayed with fat to make it desirable. A promising alternative is organic produce, which can provide all the essential nutrition your hound requires, as well as reducing their ‘carbon pawprint‘. Dogs can be vegan, but even if...

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Why This City Was Ranked The “Vegan Capital of the World”

Berlin has long been known as the capital of veganism in Europe and more recently crowned #1 in a list of top vegan cities in the world. Following news focusing on America’s best cities for veganism, what better time to explore what makes Berlin so attractive to vegans across the globe. With a population of only 3 million people, an estimated 80,000 vegans live in Berlin. The city boasts an impressive amount of vegan restaurants- more than 50, with over 300 venues providing vegetarian/vegan options. But are restaurants really enough to dub this the best city for veganism worldwide?...

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New York Entrepreneur Veganizes 15 Restaurants and Opens Up 12 More!

New York entrepreneur Ravi DeRossi, plans to open multiple vegan eateries in the next two years. The first two are proposed to be 24-hour vegan diners. In a recent podcast with Nil Zacharias for #EatForThePlanet, DeRossi reveals his plans of opening 12 vegan restaurants in the next two years. DeRossi already owns 15 popular cocktail bars and restaurants, including the well-loved, plant-based restaurant Avant Garden in New York City. Vegetarian-turned-vegan, DeRossi previously made the decision to turn many of his current venues cruelty-free. His plans for Avant Garden include a massive project in Manhatten, where produce will be grown...

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Kat Von D and Green Day Frontman Team Up for New Vegan Makeup

Beauty entrepreneur and TV personality Kat Von D has partnered with Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong to release a vegan makeup product. Following the recent announcement of her new lipstick shade ‘Hilda’, which is made from vegan products and is not tested on animals, comes an eyeliner that is also following the cruelty-free movement. In a post on Instagram, Von D reveals the collaboration with the Green Day singer. Though the product has not been released, posts online show the cosmetic line is titled ‘Basket Case’, and will be vegan. Billie Joe Armstrong reportedly does not eat meat,...

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Raising Children Vegan is Possible and Healthy Says ITV’s Holly Willoughby

This Morning presenter and mother of three, Holly Willoughby, releases new book ‘Truly Scrumptious Baby’ which comments on how to raise infants as vegan. The book has been awarded a Mumsnet rated badge. More and more parents are leaning toward plant-based diets in the family home. Experts warn against kids eating too much meat, as many children consume only half the recommended daily intake of vegetables. With child obesity rates tripling since the 1970’s, and diabetes doubling in the past twenty years, veganism has become a solution for many families. Holly Willoughby discusses weaning, nutrition and recipes in her...

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Veganuary to Launch Worldwide Campaign for 2018 Challenge

Last December, Veganuary launched the largest vegan campaign ever promoted on the London Underground. The promotion encouraged the public to try veganism throughout January, in the hopes that it would encourage people to continue a vegan lifestyle. The movement inspired 60,000 people to try veganism for one month. Two thirds remained vegan afterwards, and 97% reported feeling healthier after taking part. On average, it is estimated that each person who turns vegan will save the lives of 15,000 animals as well as enough carbon emissions to fly from London to Sydney 53 times during their lifetime. This year, Veganuary...

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