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First Annual ‘Vegan Oscars’ Announces Best Animal-Friendly Films

The 2018 Academy Awards are drawing near. As Oscar nominees prepare their winning speeches and their humble losing faces, an organization has shifted its focus to animal welfare. PETA’s Animals in Film and Television Division has formed its own awards — the PETA Oscats — to celebrate the Oscars while showing appreciation for the “best animal-friendly films and actors” of 2017. This year’s event is already set to see a slight shift toward compassion; the 2018 nominees will receive gift bags featuring vegan products. Notably, the recent British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) featured the ceremony’s first-ever vegan appetizer which was served to all...

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Surge in Meat and Dairy Prices Could Be Reason to Go Vegan, Says Report

Now might be the time to go vegan, according to a recent article by media publication Quartz. The news website has stated that financial reasons may be persuasion enough to adopt a plant-based lifestyle, given the increasing cost of meat. Quartz revealed: “It’s become more expensive to eat meat and dairy- so now may be the time to go vegan, if only for economic reasons”. The growing popularity of veganism is reaching countries all over the world. The amount of people ditching meat in Germany has almost doubled, while China is seeing one of the most rapidly expanding vegan markets...

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New Meaty Vegan Burger Arriving at Major UK Supermarket

UK supermarket chain ‘Iceland’ is set to launch a new vegan product, the Sun reports. The supermarket will soon be stocking patties made from vegan meat, which are said to look and taste just like the real thing. This is Iceland’s first own-brand vegan product. Iceland’s executive chef Neil Nugent told the Sun that the new vegan patty was created to cater for the growing popularity of flexitarianism- whereby diners cut back on meat products, spending some days entirely vegetarian or vegan. The Sun noted that, in the UK, “there are as many as 22 million flexitarians”. Meanwhile, the...

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Kat Von D to Rock Vegan Leather Fashion in London, Paris and Madrid

Beauty entrepreneur Kat Von D has made, yet another, cruelty-free, fashion-forward move. In a post on social media, the star showed off an all vegan leather outfit, revealing to fans that she intends to wear the pieces at several upcoming concerts. Kat Von D shared a photo of the ensemble to her 6.5 million Instagram followers this morning. The celebrity said that she is “getting ready to put this to good use”. Specifically, onstage with rock band IAMX at their shows in London, Paris and Madrid. Von D recently announced that she will be performing alongside the band in...

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M&S Expand Vegan and Vegetarian Range to United Arab Emirates

International retail giant Marks and Spencer (M&S) has expanded their range in the United Arab Emirates. The popular store has launched a range of vegan and vegetarian meals, according to best-selling UAE magazine, Ahlan!. The range includes beetroot falafel, lentil and beetroot burgers, roasted mushroom and red onion sausages, mince and edamame bean burgers, among others. All of the new additions are suitable for vegetarians with several also being vegan-friendly. The range is “packed with plenty of protein”, according to the publication, including soya mince which is “naturally low in fat”. Some of the items, such as the sweetcorn...

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Pamela Anderson Urges Government to Serve Vegan Meals in Prisons to Reduce Violence

Activist, actress, model and vegan Pamela Anderson has long been a supporter of animal rights. The star has campaigned for change in several ways in recent times, and remains vocal about animal welfare issues on her social media pages. However, now Anderson has urged the NSW government to introduce vegan meals in their facilities, in a bid to reduce violent behaviour, the Daily Mail reports. In her role of honorary director of PETA, Anderson has penned a letter to the NSW Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Severin in Australia. Anderson has requested that vegan meals be served to inmates, suggesting...

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Fur Sales Banned at London’s Iconic Camden Market

“Today’s kind shoppers want nothing to do with cruelty”, PETA reports. It seems Camden market are paying attention to changing buying behaviours and as of Thursday, will be “doing the right thing for animals and consumers”. The iconic London attraction, which draws roughly 250,000 people every week, has announced its ban of the sale of fur. While the farming of fur has been illegal in the UK for almost 20 years, fur continues to be imported from overseas locations, and sold to the British public. A recent campaign by LUSH Cosmetics exposed the hard-hitting truth of the fur industry....

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Nutrition Guidelines for Children Should Include More Vegan Food, Says Report

Laws surrounding child nutrition need updating, according to non-profit health organisation the Good Food Institute (GFI). In a recent report by Food Navigator, it is revealed that the changing eating habits of the public have not been mirrored under the “outdated” Dietary Guidelines for America. The GFI believes that updating these guidelines would allow public facilities, such as schools, to offer more plant-based food products for students. The USDA “play a critical role in ensuring that America’s children have access to the nutritious food they need to learn and succeed in the classroom”. To receive financial reimbursement, facilities must serve...

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Cruelty-Free Fashion Brand Releases Vegan James Dean ‘Leather’ Jacket

Vegan fashion brand HoodLamb has launched its very own James Dean-inspired jacket. The item is a part of the company’s Spring/Summer collection for 2018. The vintage-style, unisex jacket was inspired by James Dean’s iconic windbreaker in the film “Rebel Without a Cause,” the website states. It is made using durable hemp and organic cotton twill. It also features hidden pockets, including a microfiber-lined pocket specially made for sunglasses. It is lightweight, waist length, and “adds modern sustainability to a classic cut”. “We were inspired by James Dean for his timeless sense of style: simplicity with an edge,” Aisha Thompson, creative director...

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China’s Meat Consumption Continues to Drop as Interest in Veganism Soars

An article by Business World has revealed that “health-conscious” people in China are driving the once meat-heavy nation to a more plant-based way of living. Currently, China is the world’s largest market for beef, poultry and pork, Business World point out. However, according to the publication, the most populated country in the world is “steadily growing wary of meat”. After China’s health industry released new dietary guidelines suggesting reduced meat intake, China’s markets for several products, including pork, beef and poultry all declined, Business World report. Concurrently, as meat intake declines, veganism continues to grow. While recent figures of...

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Vegan Health Documentary ‘Eating You Alive’ to be Shown at Cinemas Across America

A recent announcement has revealed that vegan health documentary Eating You Alive will soon be shown in cinemas around America. After receiving “thousands of requests”, the feature-length documentary will be shown at over 500 cinemas on the 5th of April. According to the brand’s website, the film was created to reveal “the truth behind why Americans are so sick and what we can do about it”. Eating You Alive features “leading medical experts and researchers” presenting a scientific examination of the causes of America’s disease epidemic. The film assesses: “how we can use whole-food, plant-based nutrition to take control of our...

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Fifth Harmony Star Announces She Has Gone Vegan

Lauren Jauregui, member of US girl group Fifth Harmony, has announced she is trying veganism. The announcement came after a fan tweeted the star asking about her workout routines, commenting that Lauren is “looking so good lately”. The singer responding, telling fans she has “just been eating cleaner” and trying a “vegan/plant based” diet. Lauren admitted that she does have slip ups, like many do, but overall the shift is still an important one. Lauren isn’t the first celebrity to ditch animal products. Superstars Ne-Yo and will.i.am have both credited their new vegan diets for their improved health and...

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Israel Named Top Destination for Vegan Tourism

An article by Intermountain Jewish News has explored Israel’s booming vegan industry, naming the country as “tops for vegan tourism”. Similarly, Roy Dado of Be Tel Aviv Tours named Israel as “the world’s No. 1 vegan destination”. The publication also reminded readers that the British Independent newspaper crowned an Israeli city, Tel Aviv, as the “vegan capital of the world” late last year. Jason Baker, vice president of international campaigns for PETA Asia, told Intermountain Jewish News: “Vegan travelers will find a lot to like in Israel.” “The country is a leader in the switch to vegan eating: plant-based restaurants are thriving and...

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Young Entrepreneur Brings Vegan Nutrition Education to Disadvantaged Communities

In America alone, more than 23 million children face an increased risk of disease, including obesity, type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Seventeen-year-old health activist and vegan Haile Thomas believes the problem stems from a lack of education for young people surrounding health and nutrition. In a recent video by NowThis, Haile discusses the non-profit HAPPY, of which she is the CEO of after founding the organisation at just 12 years old. The organisation strives to educate and support children to better understand how to make healthy choices, and why it matters. After her father was diagnosed with type-2...

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PG Tips to Launch Tea Designed for Vegan Milk

UK brand PG Tips, manufactured by Unilever, has announced the launch of a tea bag made especially for vegan milk. The new item was “specifically designed to be used with plant-based milk”, according to an article by Veggie Athletic, and is said to be the first of its kind. The innovative product is titled ‘Perfect With Dairy Free’ and was created for tea-lovers who prefer to go without cow’s milk. A PG Tips spokesperson told Veggie Athletic: “When the PG tips team spoke to tea drinkers and heard that they weren’t able to get their hands on a tasty...

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Major Meat Supplier to Launch Plant Based Meal Range

Major meat packer Tyson Foods has announced an innovative move that strays far from its usual pursuits. A recent report by Food Bev Media revealed that the traditionally meat-heavy Tyson Foods is set to release ‘Green Street,’ a “new brand in the ready-to-eat meal market.” Reportedly, Green Street will offer “protein-rich” plant-based meal bowls. The launch is an effort to adapt to “changing consumer demands,” the report explains. The consumer habits of the public have experienced a shift as of late; almost 30% of meals in the UK are now meat-free. An additional 30% of people have revealed they would like...

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Dairy Consumption Linked to Parkinson’s Disease, New Research Suggests

A recent study has found a possible connection between the consumption of dairy products and the onset of Parkinson’s disease, the Express reports. The media outlet stated: “Too much cheese and milk could trigger the neurological disorder.” Parkinson’s disease affects roughly 1 in 500 people. The condition is caused by the loss of nerve cells in the brain, however, what causes this loss of cells was previously unclear. The new research analysed the interaction between calcium and nerve endings, as well as the protein alpha-synuclein, which is genetically linked to Parkinson’s. While the study did not look at direct links...

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52% of Americans Prefer the Taste of Vegan Protein, Says New Study

Recent research from Mintel reveals that taste is the leading reason that U.S. consumers opt for plant-based proteins. In fact, the data shows that more than half (52%) of people in America choose plants over animal protein for taste purposes. This reason outranks other factors, including the environment (13%), animal protection (11%) and concerns over diet (10%). Another large contributing factor was health, with 39% of respondents choosing plant-based proteins for this reason. “Many plant-based protein consumers are motivated by maintaining or improving their health and well-being”, FoodBev Media reported. Participants recognized a desire to avoid processed foods (39%), manage...

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Vegan Burger Wins ‘Best Burger’ Title Second Year in a Row

A vegan burger at Feed the Earthlings has once again topped the list of the Gold Coast’s favourite burger. This year, the popular Aussie beach and tourist hotspot continued the tradition of ranking up the best of the best. LIVEKINDLY spoke to Feed the Earthlings owner Teaki Page last year about her business venture — “this is only the beginning,” she said. And it appears Teaki was correct. For the second year in a row, the cruelty-free burger has outranked all other burgers in the city — vegan or not. Feed the Earthlings is an entirely vegan store selling plant-based chick’n burgers, pizzas,...

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America’s First Vegan Butcher Expands With Food Truck Launch

America’s first vegan butcher shop, The Herbivorous Butcher, is expanding. According to a recent article in Mpls St. Paul magazine, the company has purchased a food truck which will be operational as early as June. The Minnesota-based mobile butchery will service downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, where it will cater to breweries and festivals in both towns as demand for vegan meat continues to grow. The team also revealed that “they’ve been invited to serve food at a big, prestige upcoming festival”. While specific details are currently under wraps, the magazine offered speculation: “is it Bonnaroo? Burning Man? Coachella? Lollapallooza?”....

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Faux Fur Fashion and Vegan Eats Promoted at New York Fashion Week

A vegan-inspired fashion show took place last week as part of New York Fashion Week. The event showcased a variety of cruelty-free outfits, plant-based meals, and vegan products. Actress and activist Leesa Rowland hosted the event “Ashram for Animals and Yoga” held in support of rescued dogs and cats. Animal Ashram, of which Rowland is the founder, organized the event at Animal Ashram’s first annual pop-up penthouse. Pelush designer Anna Tagliabue showcased 20 different looks from her faux fur line. Guests were invited to stay after the fashion show for a vegan lunch, donated by WILD Restaurant. The event...

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Muay Thai Fighter to Open a Vegan Dessert Boutique in New York

Muay Thai contender and vegan chef Watt Sriboonruang will soon be opening a new vegan boutique in New York. Rawsome Treats will feature over 30 types of raw desserts; cakes, truffles, pies, and tarts are all on the menu. The venue is set to open on Orchard Street in Manhattan later this month. Watt first learned “how powerful a raw plant-based diet could be” during Muay Thai training back in 2012. Reportedly, Watt was able to double her energy by adopting the lifestyle. She also experienced feeling full while losing weight- “pounds melted off effortlessly”- allowing her to compete in a...

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‘Rise of Veganism’ Named as a Threat to the Veal Meat Market

A new report detailing the global veal meat market was recently released. The research report provided analysis of “the most important trends expected to impact the market”. The “rise of veganism”, in particular, was named as a market challenge. An ever-growing number of people are choosing to leave animals and animal products off of their plates. This year’s ‘Veganuary’ saw a record number of participants, while the amount of people ditching meat continues to grow. Many consumers already avoid veal, potentially due to the nature of the practice. The report explained: “Veal meat is produced by slaughtering calves that...

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Australia’s First Ever Vegan Cruise Sets Sail This Year

Plant-based wellness cruise The Whole Connection, is set to launch in October. According to the media release, the “transformational ‘retreat style’ holiday” is the first of its kind in Australia. The event will see guests cruising the Pacific Islands for 9 days on-board luxury 5-star ship The Celebrity Solstice. A team of health and wellness educators from around the globe will partake, and guests can enjoy an entirely vegan menu for the duration of the retreat. Mission-driven Paige Renshaw is the mastermind behind The Whole Connection. After battling multiple illnesses, including endometriosis and chronic fatigue syndrome, Paige said that she...

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Non Vegan Company Names Plant Milk ‘the Future of Milk’

Could plant-based milk be “the future of milk”? One company thinks so. Bolthouse Farms is not a vegan business, though they appear to back the cause. Late last year, the beverage and condiment company released a range of vegan milk across America. The launch intended to “satisfy the growing number of consumers seeking plant-based proteins, as well as traditional dairy milk drinkers looking for better food choices”, said spokesperson Suzanne Ginestro. Now, Bolthouse Farms has begun advertising plant-based milk as “the future of milk”, as revealed by Research Director Jacy Reese on Twitter. The advertisement also reads: “What your kids...

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Joaquin Phoenix Appears in Anti-Wool Billboard for NY Fashion Week

New York’s Fashion Week: Men’s is right around the corner. For an event that will likely see countless animal products modeled to a room full of applause, those attending this year’s shows will be given something else to consider. Animal rights organization PETA has erected a thought-provoking billboard ad located close to the event. The advertisement features Golden-Globe winner Joaquin Phoenix wearing a vegan “wool” suit that was designed by Brave GentleMan. It reads: “Cruelty Doesn’t Suit Me. Wool hurts. Wear Vegan”. The “massive billboard” has been placed “just around the corner from where the [Fashion Week] shows will take...

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Nearly 30% of UK Meals Now Meat-Free as Veganism Becomes ‘Mainstream’

New data by research group Kantar World Panel has revealed that more than a quarter of evening meals consumed in the UK in 2017 contained no meat or fish. In fact, Britons consumed 200 million more meat-free meals in the past year. According to Kantar World Panel, plant-based diets are becoming “mainstream”. An impressive 29% of evening meals now consumed are said to be free of meat and fish, a figure that has “grown consistently” in recent years. From November 2016 to October 2017, Britons consumed 4.3 billion meat-free evening meals. However, it’s not just vegetarianism on the rise....

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Worldwide Spike in Vegan Cheese Sales as Consumers Ditch Dairy

The global non-dairy cheese market has seen a “surge in sales” according to new market research on the category. The boost is predominantly due to the increasing popularity of vegan eating — and not just by vegans, but omnivores seeking to add more plant-based meals to their diet. According to the report, the plant-based cheese market has shown “substantial innovation” with new product launches and research development in recent years. The data have also shown that the global non-dairy cheese market is set to compound annually at a 7.7% growth rate. The “changing lifestyle and evolving dietary pattern” of consumers are said...

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Campaign Launches to End Animal Testing for Cancer Research

A campaign has been launched urging the public to support animal-free breast cancer research. The initiative sees pathologists creating human breast tissues, to more accurately understand the disease and spare the lives of millions of animals simultaneously. Animal Free Research UK is behind the campaign and is striving to raise £90,000 to fund the research. The innovative method investigates the role of environmental pollutants in breast cancer risk. This work will help to understand causes and possible prevention of the disease. In the UK, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Men also have a 1...

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Homeless Shelter Served Vegan Chicken Wings for the Super Bowl

An overnight homeless shelter in Minneapolis marked the Super Bowl weekend with some game day snacks of their own. Simpson Housing Services, who house and support those experiencing homelessness, served countless vegan ‘chicken wings’ to guests over the weekend. The snacks were donated by animal rights organisation PETA, and created by The Herbivorous Butcher. As Super Bowl weekend approached, thousands of visitors packed out Minneapolis streets, along with volunteers and extra security. Meanwhile, “one group has seemingly disappeared: the homeless”, the Star Tribune reports. According to the publication, venues opened their doors a little wider and for a little longer...

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‘Veganuary’ Leads to Surge in Veganism, the BBC Reports

Veganism is reaching an all-time high. From 2006 to 2016, the number of those following a vegan lifestyle increased from 150,000 to 542,000 in the UK alone, the BBC reports. This year’s Veganuary- whereby people pledge to try veganism for the month of January- is said to be a contributing factor toward the increase of people going vegan for good. Co-founder of Veganuary Matthew Glover revealed that this year, 78,000 people in the UK pledged to ditch animal products for the month. “Back in 2014, it was 1,500,” the BBC added. Glover also noted: “What is so very exciting is that...

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UK Supermarket Pulls Kangaroo Meat from Shelves Due to Animal Welfare Concerns

UK supermarket ‘Iceland’ has stopped its sales of kangaroo meat following a campaign by animal activists, the Mirror reports. Pressure from group Viva, who has campaigned against the cruel practices of kangaroo hunting, has already resulted in various other large names dropping the product. Iceland now joins Tesco, Sainsburys and Morrisons in the ethical move. According to the Mirror, Iceland began selling kangaroo as food four years ago after reality TV show I’m A Celebrity featured contestants consuming body parts of the Australian animal. The animal had been sold as part of Exotic Meat Feast packs, containing kangaroo, crocodile...

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Pork Publication Admits Fear Over LA’s Vegan School Lunch Program

Farm Journal’s ‘PORK‘ industry magazine recently published an article about LA’s vegan school program, urging that the meat industry “does need to watch – and take a proactive stand against” these actions. The program sees as many as 35 schools adopting vegan options in their cafeterias, a movement that was inspired by students who wanted to see more inclusive, healthier meal choices. So far, the program has seen great success, with students choosing the vegan option around 13% of the time. Some new menu items “run out quickly because they are so popular”, the Los Angeles School Report previously...

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Britain to Ban Ivory Sales Following Public Outcry

Yesterday, Hong Kong announced a bold but important decision to officially, and permanently, ban ivory trade. Now, it has been announced that the British government has seen “overwhelming” backing to make similar plans, protecting even more elephants around the world. Over 70,000 citizens and organisations wrote to Environment Secretary Michael Gove after he launched a public consultation late last year. Though government departments are still analysing the responses, they found that an “overwhelming majority” support a blanket ban on the trade. The Express reports that now, the UK will see “drastically tightening” laws, whereby even the sale of ivory antiques will...

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Japanese Aquarium Forced to Close Due to Lack of Visitors

A long-running aquarium in Japan has been forced to close its doors after experiencing a “decrease in visitors”. Prior to this, the venue had been in operation for more than 63 years. Currently, the future of the animals is undetermined. In its prime, the Inubasaka Marine Park saw 300,000 visitors per year. However, this number has dropped dramatically in recent times, according to the Chairman of Hakubayashi Marine Park, Hirabayashi Yoshiyoshi. The chairman revealed that attendance rates had fallen from 300,000 to just 40,000 annual visitors. The lack of visitors and cash flow had restricted the park’s ability to repair and...

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Just Eat Adds New Restaurants to Cater for ‘Dramatic Increase’ of Vegans

Popular food delivery service Just Eat has announced the addition of several new restaurants offering “healthy food”, the Irish Times reports. The changes have been made in a response to the “dramatic increase” in demand for vegan food. In 2017, the company revealed that consumers were “increasingly looking for more diverse, healthy, gluten free and plant based vegan options”. In fact, Just Eat saw a massive 987% increase in demand for vegetarian options last year, and consequently named veganism the “biggest food trend of the coming year”. Now, the brand has added nine new restaurants from healthy food chain Chopped,...

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KFC Double Down Burger Gets Veganized by Aussie Pub

Remember when KFC launched their Double Down burger, which literally used two chunks of chicken instead of bread? Nope, that wasn’t a weird dream, that actually happened. And just when you thought that situation couldn’t get any more bizarre, the Double Down has now been “veganised”. The Cornish Arms in Melbourne, Australia has created a mock version of the dish using entirely animal-free ingredients. Publication The Urban List explained: “It’s two mock chicken patties (made from the finest soy), coated in Southern spices, fried and stuffed with ‘cheez’ (vegan cheese), ‘facon’ (vegan bacon), salad and tomato (real, actual tomato)....

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Data Reveals 70% of the World are Reducing Their Meat Consumption

A recent article by publishing company Wales Online has explored the “rise of veganism” and the subsequent “global market worth billions”. The article highlighted data, compiled market insight company GlobalData, which revealed that 70% of the global population are reducing their meat intake. Furthermore, Wales Online commented: “Whilst meat consumption in the UK is declining, sales of vegetables are estimated to increase by 20% by 2021”. This shift in society’s eating patterns will arguably have an impact on our collective health. Currently, 90% of adults risk chronic diseases by not eating enough vegetables or fruit. In fact, only 1 in...

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New Artisan Vegan Cheese Launches at Select Whole Foods

Cheese lovers, rejoice! A new vegan cheese is now available at select Whole Foods stores, and it’s safe to say this brand is truly upping the game in plant-based alternatives. Vegan company Nuts for Cheese announced their Whole Foods debut on social media, exclaiming that they are “so jazzed” that their products are now available at Ontario Whole Foods stores. Fans of the business were quick to celebrate, with many asking where the product might be expanding to next. The handcrafted cheeses are made from cultured, organic cashews. The result is a “plant-based, cruelty-free, and health-conscious alternative” which according...

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Vegan Impossible Burger Heads to Africa to Solve the World’s ‘Biggest Environmental Issue’

“For billions of people, animal products are near the top of the list for their favorite foods, not to mention source of protein”. So what do we do when the production of this food is the leading cause of countless environmental issues, including species extinction, Amazon destruction, water pollution and desertification? What if we could solve these problems, without giving up a thing? For innovative brand Impossible Foods, the solution is exactly that. The company are behind the Impossible Burger, a completely plant-based patty which looks, feels and tastes like a conventional meat burger. Recently, reporter Catherine Cheney from Devex...

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Amount of Germans Ditching Meat Has Doubled, Says New Research

A new survey has revealed that Germans are now eating less meat, as reported by Handelsblatt Global. Additionally, the amount of people following plant-based diets has doubled in the past decade. The survey, conducted by Civey, has shown that concerns about health, ethics and the environment are causing Germans to reduce their meat intake. In fact, the data shows that now only 21% of Germans are eating meat every day. According to Handelsblatt Global, this shift in diet is “a reflection of changing lifestyles and influence from abroad”. A focus on health, in particular, is said to be behind...

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The Body Shop Takes Biggest Anti Animal Testing Campaign in History to the UN

A new article published by Forbes discusses the ways in which consumers can fight back against animal testing. Previous research has shown that 72% of consumers believe that testing cosmetics on animals is “inhumane or unethical”. But Forbes contributor and journalist Celia Shatzman points out that 80% of countries still do not have laws preventing animal testing in cosmetics. Additionally, Shatzman highlighted that animal testing is both expensive and ineffective, only predicting the human reaction to cosmetics “40 to 60% of the time”. British beauty company The Body Shop has taken a stance against animal testing with it Forever Against...

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James Cromwell to Star in Vegan Ad on Super Bowl Sunday

American actor and activist James Cromwell has taken up a new acting part, though this one is a little different to his former roles. Cromwell has previously appeared in Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Space Cowboys (2000), I, Robot (2004) and American Horror Story: Asylum (2012), for which he won a Primetime Emmy Award. His role in Babe (1995) saw him nominated for an Oscar. Now, the 77-year-old vegan has used his theatrical prowess as a voice for the animals. A new commercial organised by PETA is due to air during the upcoming Super Bowl. The event has previously clocked...

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Vegan ‘Bleeding’ Burger Set to Launch at Iconic London Restaurant

It’s official. A ‘bleeding’ vegan burger is coming to the UK, and its first destination has been confirmed. The entirely animal-free dish, named the B12 Burger, replicates the conventional look, feel and taste of its meat counterpart. It was revealed late last year that the vegan burger would be arriving on UK shores, though its exact launch details had remained unconfirmed. However, today the Independent revealed that the product would be “exclusively” launched at Mildreds in London on February 24. Mildreds is a popular hotspot for vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. According to the restaurant, the plant-based menu (complete with...

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‘Bloody’ Vegan Burger to Debut at Australian Music Festival

The Herald Sun has dubbed chef Shannon Martinez a “vegan provocateur” after she created a delicious-looking plant-based burger that already has social media users celebrating. The burger is to be launched at Melbourne’s popular music event Laneway Festival. “I need that burger in my life right now,” stated one user, after the vegan company Martinez works for, Smith & Daughters, shared the article. The completely vegan meal replicates a ‘conventional’ cheeseburger, complete with a beetroot-based blood, making it “extra juicy”. “It’s a vegan burger, but I’m playing with ideas and trying to change people’s perspectives,” Martinez told the Herald Sun....

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Detroit’s First Vegan Coney Island Restaurant Prepares for Grand Opening

Detroit’s first vegan ‘coney island’, named Chili Mustard Onions, is set to open as soon as April. The family-owned business has committed to providing a creative, plant-based menu to engage in the growing “vegan revolution”. Chef Pete LaCombe reveals to the Metro Times that the venue will offer all of the traditional favourites, as well as some exciting new additions. The menu will include chilli cheese fries, soft serve ice cream, gyros, pies, doughnuts, burgers, and of course, hot dogs. Also on offer will be a vegan version of the well-loved Big Mac. Diners opting for the burger, aptly named...

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Veganism Named a Major ‘Disruption’ to the Food Industry in 2018

A new article by Industry Leaders Magazine has identified the major factors causing disruptions in the food industry this year. The ‘Rise in Veganism’ was the first to be named as a major trend impacting the field. Gluten-free and anti-sugar were also identified as market-changers. According to the publication, consumers’ search for a healthy lifestyle has resulted in a “reduction of meat content” in the global food industry. This reduction is estimated to increase in 2018, as multiple markets continue to be affected by the movement. Farmers have begun to worry about declining rates of meat intake, though some...

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UK Cafe Goes 100% Vegan Following Successful Trial

A café in Dundee, Scotland has announced it will drop all animal products from its menu, the Evening Telegraph reports. This is rumoured to be the first fully vegan café in the town. The fresh move was inspired after the family-owned business added some vegan-friendly items to their menu, such as soup, and noticed a space in the market. Lois Marwick, who runs the venue with her partner Michael, revealed to the Courier: “Through word of mouth people started coming and asking about vegan options, so we saw there was a demand”. “In October we started doing vegan brunch,...

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Vegan Meat Showcased as Part of Berlin’s Green Week

International Green Week has been running in Berlin since 1926, showcasing innovation in food and agriculture industries to 400,000 visitors a year. In celebration of Green Week, German news publication BR24 featured a segment on vegan meat startup AMIDORI. AMIDORI is the name behind upcoming vegan line M¡dori, who specialise in meat-alternatives made from pea protein. Their products contain 25-35% protein, with just 2-4% fat. The line includes stripes, sticks and Crunchlets of ‘meat’, as well as food resembling pulled pork and mince. In the video feature by BR24, consumers sampled the vegan snacks but were not told it was plant-based...

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