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Wicked Healthy Chef to Host Vegan Father’s Day BBQ

This Father’s Day, dads in Austin, Texas, will have a special way to celebrate their day. Local craft bakery Skull & Cakebones will host Wicked Healthy co-founder, Chef Chad Sarno, for a truly Texas-themed barbecue. And it’s all vegan. “BBQ is a staple in Austin but rarely are even the sides vegan,” Sarno told LIVEKINDLY via email. “Bust out those paper towels and cold beer, it’s time for us to celebrate Father’s Day with some saucy and delicious BBQ – free from animals.” Sarno, along with his brother Derek, just released their first cookbook: “The Wicked Healthy Cookbook: Free. From. Animals.”...

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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Premier Comes With Message of Compassion From Vegan Rapper RZA

A new campaign featuring RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan will air in select Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. movie theaters ahead of the screening of the newest feature in the Star Wars family, “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” The video is expected to roll out to additional cities over the course of the summer’s blockbuster movie season. The video ad, produced by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) features the iconic rapper and producer “morphing” into different people and animals. “We are all the same in all the ways that matter. It doesn’t matter what we look like, how...

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World Champion Surfer Kelly Slater Says He’s ‘Sad, Angry, and Feeling Guilty’ About Factory Farming

In an emotive Instagram story, 11-time world champion pro surfer and recent vegan Kelly Slater asked his followers what they thought of a picture of a factory farm showing thousands of sheep in a confined lot. “What do you guys think of factory farming?” he asked, commenting, “This pic leaves me sad, angry, and feeling guilty for what people do to animals,” he captioned along with animal emojis as well as a satan emoji. The image also includes a quote from Austrian writer and philosopher Helmut Kaplan, comparing modern farming to the Holocaust. The photo also shows poll results on...

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New App abillionVeg Connects You to Vegan Meals Nearby and Supports Farm Sanctuaries

Amid the sea of restaurant and dining options on the planet today, there are also seemingly as many websites dedicated to restaurant reviews and recommendations. A new platform, though, aims to make it even easier to find appropriate meals for vegans and vegetarians at any restaurant. The new platform, called abillionVeg, is the brainchild of Vikas Garg and a Singapore-based team of developers aiming to marry TripAdvisor and Instagram in an effort to promote more vegan food options across the globe. The site and app, the latter of which officially launched earlier this month, rely on user-generated input. The concept...

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Is ‘Eating Animals’ a Vegan Documentary or Just Pushing an Animal Farming Agenda?

In his best-selling 2009 book “Eating Animals,” author Jonathan Safran Foer went in search of answers to his questions about our food system, namely animals’ roles in our diet. The feature-length documentary film of the same name, executive produced by Safran Foer and narrator Natalie Portman set for its theatrical release next month, aims to explore these same questions. But producer and director Christopher Quinn (Sundance award winner “God Grew Tired of Us”) seems to have another story in mind. “After having spent nearly three years learning about animal agriculture,” Safran Foer writes in the book, “my resolve has become...

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Pensioner Mummy Meagz Starts Vegan Snack Company to ‘Prove Everyone Wrong’

Mummy Meagz is not your ordinary snack bar CEO. Crafted by Mummy herself, a 70-year-old former shop owner and now a vegan snack entrepreneur, best-known these days as the woman behind the popular UK snack line named, appropriately, Mummy Meagz. Meagz says she started making the vegan snack bars with the goal of fighting back “against this world full of inequality,” and she’s now crowdfunding in an effort to meet her goal of bringing more vegan snack options to the UK. “Baking is a real passion of mine,” she told LIVEKINDLY. “I’ve been baking and making vegan snacks for...

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LA Rams Running Back Todd Gurley Learns About the Future of Protein at Vegan Beyond Meat HQ

Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley paid a visit to El Segundo based Beyond Meat headquarters earlier this week. The vegan protein company is revolutionizing the meat industry with its burgers and sausages that look, cook, and taste like animal-based versions. In an Instagram post that featured company founder Ethan Brown along with the 2017 NFL Offensive Player of the Year, Beyond Meat said it was “pretty inspiring” that Gurley came by to “learn more about the future of protein.”  Beyond Meat has been making waves with its plant-forward take on protein. The company uses non-GMO beans and...

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First Plant Based World Vegan Conference and Expo Coming to New York City

The first Plant Based World Conference & Expo will take place over two days in June 2019 at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The conference and expo will feature a number of vegan vendors in food and beverage categories as well as break-out educational sessions with separate tracks for healthcare professionals, businesses, and consumers. “Plant Based World Conference & Expo is being launched to serve the singular purpose of bringing this conversation to a mainstream audience”, said Joel Davis, founder and CEO of show organizer JD Events. “All will be welcome to attend, from individuals and medical professionals...

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Vegan Wu Tang Clan Pizza Launches at Detroit’s Pie-Sci Pizza Shop

The Wu-Tang Clan has its Killa Beez, its own (recently revived) line of vegan merch; the Clan also has its BFF status with Bill Murray, and they’ll forever have serious Ghost Dog cred, but now, the crew finally has its own pizza, and it ain’t nuthing ta F with. Because like many members of the iconic rap group, it’s vegan. Named “Cashews Rule Everything Around Me”, the pie is only available at a Detroit pizza shop named Pie-Sci. The pizza parlor said it came up with the idea for the pie in honor of Wu Tang Clan’s upcoming performance at a...

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RHONY Star Bethenny Frankel Takes Her ‘Vegan Tour’ Global

Serial entrepreneur and former “Real Housewives of New York City” star Bethenny Frankel, is taking her love for vegan food global. The 47-year-old author and founder of Skinnygirl Cocktails has been showing off her vegan eats all across the globe — from New Zealand to Las Vegas and Los Angeles, all via her Instagram stories. While not a full-on vegan, at least not publically, Frankel could’ve fooled her followers recently with drool-worthy pics of vegan nachos in New Zealand and raw vegan desserts the star called “unreal.” “These are all raw desserts, and I was hesitant to try them,”...

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MorningStar Farms Launches 2 New Vegan Burgers

Longtime leading veggie burger brand, MorningStar Farms, has launched a new range of burgers, including several vegan options. The Kellogg Company subsidiary says the new line is just in time for summer grilling season. It’s working with the platform EatWith for a dinner series in several cities over the summer in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. “Summer is all about gathering around the grill and eating with friends and family to enjoy delicious food, and we want to show why MorningStar Farms veggie burgers and plant protein deserve a spot on your grill this year.  That’s why we’re partnering with EatWith...

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Meaty Montreal Smokehouse Adds Vegan Barbecue Menu to Cater to Demand

Le Boucan, a popular smokehouse in Montreal, has added a vegan menu to its barbecue offerings, according to Eater Montreal. “[T]he restaurant is using the same wood and the same smoking techniques to replicate the flavours of the meat dishes, but instead of pork, chicken, or beef, glutenous meat substitute seitan appears to be the star — or in the case of the pulled pork option, jackfruit,” the website notes. “The restaurant is offering faux-wings, faux pulled pork, and other meaty-but-not-meaty sandwiches.” While based in Canada, Le Boucan has a decidedly American barbecue menu — pork ribs and pulled pork...

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Volkswagen Makes Vegan German Currywurst Sausages Because People Seem to Love Them More Than Their Cars

Volkswagen may have been selling veritable lemons since the scandal dubbed “Diesel Dupe of 2015,” where it designed cars to fraudulently pass emissions testing, but here’s something you probably didn’t expect from the German car manufacturer: It has been selling currywurst sausages since 1973. And it’s been selling a vegan version since 2010. The popular car brand was so rocked by the prolonged emissions scandal that it’s been difficult to recover. The sausage business, however, is holding its own, though, reports Fortune. “In 2015, while Volkswagen’s car deliveries fell nearly 5% from the previous year to 5.8 million, its currywurst output soared...

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Demand for Vegan Burgers At In-N-Out is So High, People are Smuggling Them In

There’s no shortage of vegan burgers on the market today. The Beyond Burger is sold in supermarkets nationwide. It’s on the menu at TGI Fridays, Bareburger, and a host of other restaurants across the country. The meaty Impossible Burger also just landed on select White Castle menus. Shake Shack recently launched its own vegan patty. But demand is so high for a vegan burger at popular West Coast burger chain In-N-Out, that the website The Outline has taken to showing readers just how to “sneak” a vegan burger in. And why it’s worth it. “It’s perfectly legal to bring outside food...

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Food Tech Startup JUST Launches Vegan Cookie Dough

Bay Area startup JUST (formerly Hampton Creek), known for its eggless mayonnaise and dressings, has launched a vegan cookie dough range created by Michelin-star chefs, the company announced via press release this morning. “We couldn’t be more excited to introduce our new line of Just Cookie Dough in a variety of mouth-watering flavors and expanded product formats across retail and foodservice,” said Chris Jones, Vice President of Product Development at JUST. “Just Cookie Dough is more than your average dessert. We’ve sourced the best ingredients, perfected each flavor, and developed a safe way for consumers of all ages to indulge with every bite...

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Moby to Crown Los Angeles ‘Most Vegan-Friendly’ City in the U.S.

It’s official. Los Angeles is the “Most Vegan-Friendly City” in the U.S. according to animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). “The City of Angels is vegan heaven—it’s no wonder that vegan celebs Natalie Portman, Jessica Chastain, Liam Hemsworth, Miley Cyrus, and many others call La La Land home,” PETA said in its official announcement. “The city is also home to an impressive array of eateries for every occasion and every craving.” Those eateries include Moby’s popular Little Pine restaurant in the trendy Silver Lake neighborhood. Little Pine will host a reception today as the vegan musician...

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Vegan Bake-Off Winner Creates Vegan Version of the Royal Wedding Cake

You don’t have to be a guest at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding to eat like a member of the royal family. In fact, you can make this vegan version of the royal wedding cake whenever you please. The vegan lemon and elderflower cake recipe comes by way of Obviously Vegan founder and baker, Maisie Stedman. She’s the winner of PETA’s 2016 Great Vegan Bake-Off contest. And Stedman seems to have set her sights even higher with her recent royal creation. “The three-tiered, cruelty-free masterpiece features layers of light and fluffy lemon sponge coated with elderflower syrup, finished...

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Ocean Hugger Foods’ Vegan Raw Tuna Set For Global Expansion

Tokyo-based food wholesaler Nishimoto says it will distribute vegan raw tuna by Ocean Hugger Foods to retailers across the globe. Consumers in Southeast Asia, Japan, Europe, and the U.S., will soon be able to dine on “Ahimi,” the vegan tuna made from tomatoes, soy sauce, sugar, water, and sesame oil. Nishimoto has 23 North-American offices and 14 European offices to facilitate the international expansion and distribution. Since launching in 2015, Ocean Hugger Foods has made quite a splash; the tomato-based product is said to be the closest plant-based alternative to raw tuna fish meat on the market. The “Ahimi” tuna...

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The Erpingham House 3-Story Vegan Restaurant, Cafe, and Bar is Coming to Norwich

A new vegan cafe, restaurant, and bar is opening in Norwich, England, later this month. And it’s going to be big. Or at least, tall. The spot, named Erpingham House, is the brainchild of entrepreneur Loui Blake, and will be housed on three floors: “a deli/cafe serving breakfast, teas, coffees, superfood juices, and lunches, as well as a restaurant which transitions into a bar in the evening, with a focus on cocktails,” reports the Norwich Evening News. The historic building was home to several restaurants before Blake took it over. The entrepreneur says the idea came to him after making...

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Rapper Will.i.am Dispels Vegan Protein Myth Because Herbivorous Animals are Strong AF

The myth that plant-eaters don’t get enough protein is ready for an upgrade, says Will.i.am, frontman of the Black Eyed Peas and star of ITV’s The Voice. The 42-year-old artist went vegan a few months back to address some health issues; his health improved dramatically once he adopted a vegan diet. “When you go to the doctor and he says, ‘You have high cholesterol and blood pressure and I’m going to provide you with pills’ you’re like, ‘Pills? I’m 42. Why do I need to be taking the pills that my uncle takes? He’s 60-plus,’” he told the Evening...

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New Zealand Preschool Wins UNESCO Award for Vegan Menu

The Rotorua’s Tiaki Early Learning Centre in New Zealand has been serving its students a vegetarian menu since 2015. But its recent shift to a fully vegan menu, and efforts to become a fully zero-waste facility, that have earned the school a New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO Award for Global Citizenship Education. The early learning facility sources much of its food from its own on-site garden, which not only delivers the freshest ingredients, but cuts down considerably on packaging waste. “Growing our own veggies and fruit has been a great way to reduce waste, as well as making things like crackers,...

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Vegan Couple Kat Von D and Leafer Seyer Announce Pregnancy

Vegan entrepreneur, artist, and founder of beauty empire Kat Von D Beauty, Kat Von D and her husband, Prayers singer Leafer Seyer (aka Rafael Reyes), have announced via Instagram that the couple is expecting their first child together. “It’s a boy,” Von D wrote in the post, which shows a picture of her and Seyer together, with her hand on a protruding belly. “When I thought I had it all. Life gifts me with the greatest of joys ! We are pregnant and having a baby boy. I love you @thekatvond and Im [sic] ready to be a father to our son...

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Chefs Chad and Derek Sarno Make Vegan Food ‘Wicked Healthy’ With Their First Plant-Based Cookbook

The highly anticipated first cookbook from brothers Derek and Chad Sarno, better known as the founders of Wicked Healthy, hits the U.S. today. “The Wicked Healthy Cookbook: Free. From. Animals.” is no ordinary vegan cookbook, though. The classically trained chefs deliver next-level plant-based innovation with recipes that fit culinary mastery and zen-level compassion onto the same plate. To call the Sarnos merely chefs is an understatement. The brothers, who hail from New England (thus the predisposition to call things “wicked”), have taken their skills global. Both were successful international restaurateurs and spent time heading up Whole Foods Market’s prepared food...

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Vegan Company Beyond Meat Set for Global Expansion This Summer

With successful distribution across the U.S. and emerging markets in Hong Kong and Australia embracing the vegan Beyond Burger from Southern California-based Beyond Meat, the company now says a full-scale, worldwide launch is imminent. The company has partnered with distributors across Europe, UAE, Taiwan, South Africa, Canada, and Mexico, amongst many other countries around the globe. “Reflecting rapid demand growth in the United States and sustained interest from international markets, we’ve taken steps to significantly increase our production capacity,” founder & CEO of Beyond Meat, Ethan Brown, said in a statement. “These additions make it possible for us to support international launches,...

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Vegan Beyond Burger Outsells Beef in Major Supermarket’s Meat Case

In a recent interview with Forbes, Beyond Meat founder and CEO Ethan Brown revealed that the company’s popular vegan Beyond Burger outsold beef at a major southern California supermarket for the five-week period ending April 17th. “So we’re selling more than Angus beef, more than 80/20 beef, more than grass-fed beef, by unit,” he told Forbes. “My expectation about being in the meat case was to simply hold on and not get thrown out. I never thought in a million years that we’d rise this quickly to be the number one seller in terms of patties in the meat...

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Meghan Markle is Helping Burberry to Ditch Fur

The soon-to-be newest Mountbatten-Windsor royal family member Meghan Markle is already royalty to the animals. The actress and anti-fur advocate has reportedly had a hand in influencing iconic fashion brand Burberry to ditch fur. In a statement to the Sunday Times, Burberry said: “We can confirm that we are currently reviewing our use of real fur … There wasn’t any real fur in Burberry’s September 2017 or February 2018 runway collections.” The move also comes as a result of discussions with Humane Society International/UK, which have been ten years in the works, the nonprofit noted in a press release....

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Vegan Senator Cory Booker Talks Compassion With Jimmy Kimmel

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) visited late night talk show ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” last night. The former Newark mayor and some say, presidential hopeful, discussed his five years in the Senate thus far, reaching across the aisle, having a vegan dinner with Senator Ted Cruz, and what it’s like in Washington’s tumultuous landscape today. As Booker joined Kimmel on stage, the talk show host remarked on Booker’s physique. “You’re so much more muscular than I imagine you being in person,” Kimmel said as Booker took his seat. While Booker is an avid fitness enthusiast, the 49-year-old is also extremely cautious...

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Pizza Hut Debuts Vegan Cheese in Australia

Vegan pizza is coming to Pizza Hut Australia, the chain announced on its Facebook page yesterday. The company said the pizzas with vegan cheese are available now, for a limited time only at select locations in New South Wales: the Waterloo and Marsden Park stores. A company representative told customers the cheese being used is from the Australia-based brand Dairy Free Down-Under. And that “the plan” is to add the vegan pizza options to “all” Australian locations if the trial is successful. The move is likely spurred by the recent success rival Domino’s has had with its vegan pizzas...

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Wedding Photographer is Ethical Vegan Royalty

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle aren’t the only royals eating more vegan food these days. Alexi Lubomirski, the couple’s Instafamous wedding photographer and a legit prince in his own right, is also vegan, reports the website Mamamia. His Serene Highness Prince Alexi Lubomirski is a descendant of Polish royalty, receiving the family name from Emperor Ferdinand III in the 17th century. He reportedly lives up to his title, achieving a “serene” state through meditation twice a day, and all the guilt-free vegan eats. Lubomirski is apparently quite the royal behind the camera, too — an established fashion photographer. The couple...

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Republican Committee Considers Plant-Based Emphasis for SNAP Recipients

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) — a coalition of more than 12,000 doctors — is urging the Republican Study Committee to include the organization’s Healthy Staples program into its 2019 budget resolution. The Healthy Staples plan would help provide more fresh fruits and vegetables along with whole grains and beans to SNAP recipients (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), also known as food stamps. More than 40 million American families currently rely on SNAP. Nearly half of all SNAP recipients are obese, says PCRM, a number twelve percent higher than nonparticipants at the same income level. The Healthy Staples program would...

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Pork Industry Panics After $50 Million Fine Over Pig Farming Pollution

Smithfield Foods, the largest pork producer in the world, now a subsidiary of China’s WH Group, was fined more than $50 million last week by a North Carolina court over the nuisance caused by the odor created on one of its pig farms. Neighboring communities were so inundated by the farm’s foul smell that the locals in the area were forced to close windows at all times and avoid outdoor activities. Some also experienced breathing and other health problems as a result. “Plaintiffs have suffered episodes of noxious and sickening odor, onslaughts of flies and pests, nausea, burning and...

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Tyson Foods Invests $2.2 Million in Israeli Clean Meat Startup Future Meat Technologies

Leading U.S. meat, pork, and chicken producer, Tyson Foods, has invested $2.2 million in the Israeli clean meat startup Future Meat Technologies (FMT) via its Tyson Ventures venture capital arm. “This is our first investment in an Israel-based company and we’re excited about this opportunity to broaden our exposure to innovative, new ways of producing protein,” Justin Whitmore, Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Chief Sustainability Officer of Tyson Foods, said in a statement. “We continue to invest significantly in our traditional meat business but also believe in exploring additional opportunities for growth that give consumers more choices.” FMT is...

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The Tallest Ritz-Carlton Hotel is First to Serve Vegan Beyond Burger

One-hundred-and-three stories above Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor, history was quietly being made earlier this spring when one of the tallest hotels in the world, the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, became the luxury hotel chain’s first location to add the popular meaty vegan Beyond Burger to its menu. The burger has quickly become iconic since launching in 2016; Beyond Meat says its sold more than 11 million burgers in under two years. The vegan, gluten-free and soy-free patty looks, cooks, and tastes like beef but offers superior nutrition and none of the risks associated with beef for either human health or...

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Canada’s First Vegan Vending Machine Launches in Whistler

Traditionally home to sugar-laden sodas and junk food, vending machines are getting a long overdue makeover, connecting consumers to healthier food. Canada is the latest to get in on the trend as British Columbia residents are about to have even more easy access to healthy and delicious vegan food with a new vending machine stocked by The Green Moustache Organic Café inside a Whistler sports center. The vegan vending machine will feature organic and gluten-free vegan meals and snacks including veggie wraps, the ever-ubiquitous grain and greens filled “bowls”, and assorted desserts all made from plant-based ingredients. “Unlike the...

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EU Bans Insecticides Linked to Honeybee Decline

EU member countries voted today in favor of a near-complete ban on the use of the controversial class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids. The insecticides are linked to the worldwide decline of bee populations and a condition called colony collapse disorder. The family of neonicotinoid pesticides, the most widely used agricultural chemicals in the world, has been largely restricted in the EU since 2013 when numerous studies found it a threat to the health of vital pollinators. Honeybees are critical to the production of about one-third of human food, including many fruits and nuts, but their populations have been...

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New Vegan ‘Superfood Pork’ Launches in Hong Kong to Combat Asia’s Meat Consumption

A new vegan pork product launching in Hong Kong is poised to disrupt the massive global pork industry, particularly in Asian countries where it’s the preferred animal protein. Right Treat’s Omnipork delivers the flavor, consistency, and functionality of traditional ground pork but without the environmental impact. Using a proprietary blend of plant-based protein from pea, non-GMO soy, shiitake mushroom, and rice, Omnipork is not only a sustainable alternative to the massive pork industry but according to founder David Yeung, it’s also a “superfood”: “Omnipork offers high-quality complete vegan protein fulfill our body. It is also cholesterol-free, antibiotic-free, hormone-free, cruelty-free,...

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Trump’s Biggest ICE Raid Yet Exposes Worker Exploitation in the Meat Industry

Nearly one hundred employees at a meat processing plant in Tennessee were arrested by ICE last week, the nation’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. The employees face deportation, having been in the U.S. illegally. And the owners of the facility face criminal charges for illegally hiring and paying the undocumented workers, a trend that could have major implications for the future of the livestock industry. “The Trump administration’s aggressive enforcement of immigration laws and promise to build a wall to keep more people from crossing the border illegally threaten the viability of the on-farm workforce,” the Washington Post noted...

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Nearly 8 Million Brits Are Now Eating Meat-Free Diets, Finds New Survey

The number of Brits eschewing meat has skyrocketed to nearly eight million says a new survey of more than 2,000 people. According to the research, between the number of vegetarians, pescatarians, and the increasing number of vegans in the UK, the segment of the population now classified as adhering to meat-free diets is triple the numbers from 2012. “On top of that, 25% of the people plan to reduce their meat consumption in the next 12 months,” The Grocer reported. The meatless trend for 31 percent of the people surveyed is a direct result of animal welfare concerns. Twenty...

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Vegan Musician Moby Wants Food Stamps Used for Healthier Meals

In response to the backlash over a Wall Street Journal op-ed written by musician and longtime vegan and environmentalist Moby earlier this week, the animal rights activist took to Instagram to respond to the controversial post. In the op-ed, Moby encouraged stronger restrictions on what the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps) would allow beneficiaries to purchase. The $75 billion government-funded program provides assistance to low-income families by way of an allowance only redeemable for food purchases. “As I can attest from my childhood experience, SNAP really does help feed poor people, and no one wants to return to...

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New Vegan Burger Arrives at Fast-Food Chain Shake Shack in New York

Beginning next week, the popular fast-food chain Shake Shack will become the latest burger-heavy restaurant to test the waters with a vegan burger in select New York locations, the chain reported today. Called the “Veggie Shack” the housemade burger will squeeze onto the chain’s otherwise small menu. The new patty differs from the current vegan burger trend made popular by vegan meat startups Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat, both of which are making waves in food service locations and restaurants across the country with their meaty burgers that look, cook, and taste like beef burgers. The Veggie Shack burger though...

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Environmentalists Leonardo Di Caprio, Moby, and Jane Goodall Plot to Save the Planet (Probably?) Over a Vegan Lunch

In an Instagram post that may one day be viewed by historians as the moment humanity took a critical 11th-hour step toward reversing its carbon-spewing footprint and saving the planet from the grips of devastation, vegan musician Moby, anthropologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall, and actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio apparently had lunch together. The trio is pictured atop a sunny Los Angeles hillside in a post shared by both Moby and DiCaprio. Moby’s caption simply stated: “An inspiring lunch with two of my favorite environmentalists,” as the three stand together, arms locked. DiCaprio called it “an inspiring day in...

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Vegan Actor Zac Efron Rescues Pit Bull From Euthanasia

Actor Zac Efron introduced the world to Maca yesterday, the adopted pit bull that the recent vegetarian reportedly saved from being euthanized at a Los Angeles shelter. Formerly named Tilly, Maca was rescued by Barks n’ Bitches, a humane pet shop in LA that rehomes shelter pets. Efron reportedly took Maca in as a foster first, before making it “official.” Hey planet 🌎, this is MACA. #adoptdontshop A post shared by Zac Efron (@zacefron) on Apr 4, 2018 at 7:05pm PDT “Tilly now MACA was being led to the kill room when we stepped in and said we would...

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Former Head of Dior Fashion Designer John Galliano Goes Vegetarian and Ditches Fur

John Galliano is the latest big-name fashion designer to ditch fur, reports Elle France. The former head of Dior and Givenchy tells the publication how he had a “chance meeting” with PETA VP Dan Matthews in the waters of Saint-Tropez. “I was swimming in the sea with Penélope Cruz,” he explained. “And just then, Dan’s face popped out of the water. It was like in ‘Jaws’—very frightening! I knew PETA’s work, I respected them, but their reputation preceded them,” he said. Galliano, who now heads the luxury fashion brand Maison Margiela, was a longtime target of the animal rights group for his...

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50% of Diet-Related Greenhouse Gases Would Be Eliminated If 20% of Americans Went Vegan

Nearly half of all diet-related greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. are produced by 20 percent of Americans, finds a new study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters. The culprit: beef. Research teams from the University of Michigan and Tulane University looked at the environmental impact of more than 300 types of food and compared that with the dietary habits of more than 16,000 American adults. The subjects’ dietary habits were divided into five groups, ranked by the dominant foods in each diet and their respective carbon footprints. “The researchers found that the 20 percent of U.S. diets...

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Mushrooms Are the New Meat At a Fungi Farm Inside a New Jersey Whole Foods

If you were wondering when a supermarket would put the literal “grow” in “grocery” — the wait is finally over. At least, it is for residents of Bridgewater, New Jersey, where the newest Whole Foods Market/Amazon location is apparently a portal to another dimension where supermarkets grow unicorn-colored oyster mushrooms right in the store’s produce section inside a blue-lit portable fungi farm. Part of the new store’s expanded produce section, the mushroom farm aims to add “a level of innovation and intrigue that customers will find very interesting,” Chris Manca, Whole Foods Market’s local program coordinator for the Northeast region, said...

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Natalie Portman Narrated Vegan Documentary ‘Eating Animals’ to Hit Theaters in June

“Eating Animals,” the highly-anticipated feature-length adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s critically-acclaimed 2009 book of the same name, will hit U.S. theaters on June 15th, the filmmakers said in a press release today. The film is co-produced and narrated by Academy Award winner and fellow vegetarian, Natalie Portman who contacted Safran Foer after reading his book. Directed and produced by Christopher Quinn (Sundance award winner “God Grew Tired of Us”), “Eating Animals” takes viewers on a journey through the farming system that processes more than 50 billion animals a year — both through massive factory farms that house tens of thousands of...

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Vegan Documentary ‘Dominion’ Starring Joaquin Phoenix Holds Sold-Out World Premiere This Week

The highly-anticipated feature-length vegan documentary “Dominion” will hold its sold-out premiere screening in Australia this week in Melbourne on March 29th. The film is the sequel to writer and director Chris Delforce’s critically acclaimed 2014 documentary, “Lucent,” which took a deep dive into the Australian pig farming industry. “Dominion” aims to paint a broader picture “as a comprehensive account of the numerous ways animals are used and abused in Australia,” reads the film’s Youtube trailer description. “Through covertly obtained footage, the film will question the morality and validity of our dominion over the animal kingdom, and aims to serve as...

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Actor Bill Murray Cuddles Rescue Dog on National Puppy Day

Actor and cultural icon Bill Murray created an Instagram storm this morning when pictured with a tiny rescue dog nibbling on a pair of red glasses hanging around his neck. Murray is of course known for not only his choice of acting roles but for generally being inimitably cool. Whether playing the frantic groundskeeper in “Caddyshack”, the depraved and lovesick weatherman in “Groundhog Day”, busting ghosts in “Ghostbusters”, making coffee for the Wu-Tang Clan in Jim Jarmusch’s “Coffee and Cigarettes”, or starring in a number of Wes Anderson popular films in recent years, Murray is infallible to his legion...

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Starbucks Confirms More Vegan Food Options Are Coming Due to High Demand

At the Starbucks annual shareholder meeting held today at the Seattle Center, the company’s COO, Rosalind Brewer, announced the coffee chain’s plan to expand its vegan offerings. “We have a line that we’d love to share with our customers later this year, so it is in our plans,” Brewer said. “We know our customers ask us that repeatedly, and we’ll be responding.” The comments came in response to comments from animal rights group Compassion Over Killing (COK), in attendance at the shareholder meeting. “Starbucks brightened our mornings when it became one of the first national coffee chains to pour out non-dairy milks,” COK employee Jonathan Rosenberry said to the meeting attendees. “But millions of consumers are seeking hearty plant-based foods to enjoy with their coffee—and that’s where Starbucks’ menu still doesn’t live up to the buzz.” COK launched a series of mobile ads this week in the Seattle area to tie into the event. The ad, which targeted more than 200,000 people in Seattle, links to a petition campaign featuring journalist and animal rights activist Jane Velez-Mitchell. Starbucks has been steadily introducing vegan options since 2015. These include a range of plant-based breakfast items, sweet and savory snacks, and some prepared meals, like a vegan lentil salad,in select locations. “Yet, while CEO Kevin Johnson has stated the company’s plan to boost slumping sales by offering more plant-based options, Starbucks...

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San Francisco Officially Bans the Sale of Fur

In a unanimous decision by San Francisco’s board of supervisors, the city voted this afternoon to ban the sale of fur, making it the largest city in the country to enact such a ban. The ban will go into effect on January 1st, but it allows retailers to sell down their stocks by the beginning of 2020 if necessary. “More than 50 million animals are violently killed each year around the world to support the fashion industry,” Supervisor Katy Tang, who introduced the fur sale ban legislation, said in a statement after the vote. “San Francisco is a city...

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