Jill Ettinger

Crush Your 2018 Vegan Goals With The #NewYearNewVegan Campaign

Tackling those New Year’s resolutions can feel like you’re setting yourself up to fail. But with a little help, it’s easy to keep the momentum going, especially if one of your goals this year is to commit to a vegan diet. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is launching its #NewYearNewVegan campaign to support those transitioning to a healthier, more planet-friendly, and ethical diet choice. The animal rights group says it’s offering people thinking about going vegan “all the best tips and resources.” And the organization certainly has them–they’ve been at this vegan thing for well over...

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Forbes Contributor Calls on Businesses to Go Vegan in 2018: ‘This Movement is Just Getting Started’

“Rather than resist the inevitable, smart animal agriculture businesses are getting in on the plant-based revolution by buying or investing in plant-based brands,” writes Katrina Fox for Forbes. The  founder of VeganBusinessMedia.com, author of Vegan Ventures: Start and Grow an Ethical Business and host of the Vegan Business Talk podcast says the future of business is vegan and it’s a lucrative one, too as businesses like Tyson Foods invest in companies like Beyond Meat, Canada’s Maple Leaf Foods buying two leading plant-based meat producers Lightlife and Field Roast. “Finally recognized for its positive impact on sustainability and animal welfare...

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Vegan Frozen Mochi Desserts to Launch in 6,000 U.S. Stores

The nondairy frozen dessert category is no longer limited to popsicles even as tricked out as those have become. 2017 saw major ice cream manufacturers take the leap into the vegan dessert category with huge success: Ben & Jerry’s, Haägen Dazs, Halo Top, and Jeni’s — all launched into the nondairy ice cream category. And popular mochi ice cream category leader My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream is taking note of their success with the launch of its own vegan versions of its popular ice cream mochi treats. “The launch of My/Mo Mochi Cashew Cream Frozen Dessert will introduce a new set of...

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Vegan ‘Cream’ Liqueur Almande Contributes to Sales Spike for Baileys

Sales of Baileys Irish “cream” liqueurs are up more than three percent this year, the Irish Spirits Association said earlier this month. And while most of the company’s sales are coming from its traditional dairy-based products, the rise is associated with a combination of new flavors (salted caramel, espresso cream, pumpkin spice, chocolate cherry) as well as a big focus on its vegan and gluten-free offering, the product named Almande. “In the U.S, parent company Diageo has introduced 15 new TV spots for Baileys to run throughout the Holidays helping to promote increased brand awareness,” reports Irish Central. “So...

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Vegan Musician Moby Brings Animal Rights Message to New Album Cover

The unofficial (practically official) King of the vegan movement, musician, author, restaurateur, and activist, Moby, has announced the 2018 release of his 15th studio album, Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt. The announcement came with the launch of a video for the album’s first single, Like a Motherless Child, a moody mid-tempo reworking of the slavery era spiritual song, Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child, perhaps best remembered as being performed by Richie Havens at the original Woodstock festival. The new record comes after Moby’s two blatantly political albums, 2016’s These Systems are Failing and 2017’s More Fast...

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‘Certified Organic’ Means Next to Nothing to Farm Animals

Farm animals today don’t have it so good. For most, life is unthinkable torture in the most literal sense–wings and tails docked without anesthesia, living in hot, crammed, and stench-filled sheds along with thousands of others. Babies torn from their mothers just hours after birth, and the unmistakable screams of their fellow prisoners as they meet their inevitable fate on the slaughter line. This is how most livestock animals live and die, never mind the bucolic images still plastered all over meat, milk, and egg labels, or the meaningless unregulated claims like “cage-free”, “natural”, or “grass-fed”.  More than 55...

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Lab-Grown Tuna Will Save the Oceans and Save Consumers Money, Says Finless Foods

According to the World Wildlife Fund, more than 85% of global fish stocks in our oceans are “at significant risk of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing,” including species like the Bluefin tuna, which is currently on the Endangered Species protection list. And for Bay Area startup Finless Foods, which is using clean meat technology to create tuna and other fish without further endangering the wild fish populations, there are many reasons this advancement of food science is critical. The company, founded by Mike Selden and Brian Wyrwas, says it’s on target to bring to market a lab-grown Bluefin...

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Veggie Grill Launches New Vegan Winter Menu

Veggie Grill, the popular west-coast vegan fast casual chain, has launched its seasonal winter menu, bringing new meaning to comfort food. The wide-ranging seasonal menu offers diners a Meatballs and Polenta Bowl, XX Fire-Roasted Chikin’ Burrito, Southeast Asian Lettuce Wraps, a Lucky Star Burger featuring the meatless Beyond Burger patty that “bleeds” like conventional burgers, a Chikin’ Milanese Salad, Southern Spicy Fried Chikin’ Butternut Velvet Soup, Turkey Dinner Sandwich, and a mini Pumpkin Bundt Cake. “Jingle bells or dinner bell? 🔔 Either way, we’re ringing in the holidays with our NEW Winter Menu, starting today!” the chain wrote on...

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Go Veggie Cheese Company to Expand Product Line Following Acquisition

Galaxy Nutritional Foods, Inc., which produces the Go Veggie brand of plant-based cheese alternatives, is being acquired by Canada’s GreenSpace Brands, Inc., for $17.8 million. “We couldn’t be more excited to add Go Veggie to the GSB family of brands. With the acquisition of Go Veggie, we enter our most sought-after vertical: plant-based dairy alternatives. The addition of Go Veggie adds a profitable pre-existing U.S. platform that will enable us to launch our most innovative and unique brands into the U.S.,” Matthew von Teichman, chief executive officer of GreenSpace, said in a statement. “This is truly a transformative acquisition for...

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Vegan Next Level Burger Chain Expands to New York

The Pacific Northwest’s popular vegan burger chain Next Level Burger has announced plans to open its first east coast location in New York early next year. The restaurant will be located inside the Fort Greene 365 by Whole Foods Market in Brooklyn when it opens at the end of January. Whole Foods has put other vegan chains inside its 365 Market concept stores including the popular New York chain By Chloe, founded by award-winning vegan chef Chloe Coscarelli. That restaurant is located inside the first 365 store, which opened in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Silverlake in 2016. The...

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Eat More Vegan Protein to Reduce Heart Disease Risk, New Study Recommends

Replacing just one or two servings of animal protein per day with a high-quality plant-based protein could help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, says a new study out of St. Michael’s Hospital, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Diet, Digestive Tract, and Disease Centre. The meta-analysis review, led by Dr. John Sievenpiper, was published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association. According to Dr. Sievenpiper, just replacing a few servings of animal proteins with plant proteins every day could reduce cholesterol markers by five percent. “That may not sound like much,...

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Shutterstock Announces Ban of Photos of Primates in Clothing

Stock photo platform Shutterstock says it will ban all pictures that feature primates in unnatural settings. The decision comes after the animal rights group PETA approached Shutterstock and asked the company to consider the consequences these types of photos have on conservation efforts as well as in promoting the illegal trade of wildlife. The popular stock photo company has banned any images of monkeys or apes wearing clothing, hats, sunglasses, jewelry, etc; shown in a studio setting or human environment; exhibiting trained or unnatural behaviors such as dancing; or engaged in any type of unnatural interactions with humans like...

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‘Star Wars’ Hero Rey is a Very Hungry Vegan (Like All Good Jedis)

Nothing Star Wars star Daisy Ridley (“Rey”) does these days can surprise us much. She’s a legitimately cool and compassionate powerhouse (caring for her deaf and blind dog, “Muffin”) who’s reinvigorated a franchise no one thought could get any more popular. But her recent “coming out” as a vegan? Well, that’s icing on the cruelty-free space cake. Star Wars fans know that Jedis are tapped into some serious next-level consciousness. It’s kind of rule number one for being a Jedi, actually. Remember Yoda (Ridley’s favorite Star Wars character, btw) breaking down how The Force works in The Empire Strikes Back? “For...

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Vegan Food Among Whole Foods’ Customers Top Picks for the Season

The vegan meals from the renowned Philadelphia vegan chefs at Vedge, were among the top food favorites of the season at Whole Foods Market, the chain announced Monday. “As the holiday entertaining season continues, Whole Foods Market is revealing some of their customers’ foodie favorites for the season, including the most searched and top-rated recipes, favorite prepared foods, and the bestselling holiday staples featuring new lower prices to inspire home cooks for the hosting season,” the chain said in a statement. The chain, which was acquired by Amazon in August, announced last week that it would be expanding on...

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Vegan Food Makes Top Trend for Canada’s Google Searches

According to Google Canada, veganism was a top searched trend in 2017, with B.C., Yukon, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Alberta, all leading the searches for content related to veganism. The trends report revealed that most of the recipe searches were for common foods, only veganized, including vegan versions of mac and cheese, lasagna, pizza, gravy, and brownies. Interest in veganism, Google says, has never been higher as consumers seek out plant-based alternatives to all the classics. This is the first year the search engine has broken out vegan recipes as its own category. “Since 2004, which is as far...

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Vegan Diet Endorsed by American Diabetes Association

A vegan diet rich in whole foods — mainly fresh fruits, vegetables, and plant-based proteins including beans, grains, nuts, and seeds, can help to mitigate the onset and effects of type-2 diabetes, the American Diabetes Association says in its 2018 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes. The comprehensive report cites 35 studies pointing to the benefits of a plant-based diet, and also notes that doctors and nutritionists should “always” include “education on lifestyle management.” According to the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine, “A plant-based diet can prevent, reverse, and manage diabetes.” The group recommends the elimination of animal and...

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Environmental Group Says “Go Vegan” for the Planet This Christmas

What’s going to be under your Christmas tree this year? Chances are Santa isn’t bringing you any heaping piles of meat. But in case he does, this organization wants to encourage you to give it up. For the planet, of course.  “Meat and dairy are big climate change offenders,” says the British climate organization 10:10. “This Christmas we’re inviting you to take the plant-powered pledge. Cook a plant-based meal and use it as an opportunity to talk to friends or family about climate change. We’ll send you exclusive recipes from the UK’s hottest plant-based chefs that won’t leave anyone...

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Whole Foods Adds New Vegan Dishes to Salad Bars Nationwide

Consumers wanting to up their whole veggie intake (as in the whole entire vegetable) will find the “root-to-stem” trend in full force at all Whole Foods Markets beginning December 27th, the chain announced today. “We’re refreshing our salad bars for the New Year to support shoppers who are looking for convenient, healthy dishes that don’t sacrifice quality or taste,” said Tien Ho, Culinary & Hospitality Executive Coordinator for Whole Foods Market. “Our stores are excited to celebrate peak season produce and serve up plant based, nutrient dense recipes that we know our customers crave this time of year.” Root-to-stem...

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Vegan 3D Popsicle Startup Wins The Hearts of Google and BuzzFeed

The popsicles of the future are here and they’re all you’d expect future food to be, and then some: they’re 3D printed into any kind of shape or logo you could imagine, they use sci-fi sounding future ingredients like baobab, Panatea Ceremonial Matcha, and, of course, coconut milk. And they’re completely vegan, too. But you won’t find these pops in the frozen section of your local supermarket; these pops are an event unto themselves that you book like a band at your wedding. Dream Pops, based in Los Angeles, is the culmination of pop culture, quite literally. Garnering fans...

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Retailers are Missing Out on Sales From The Growing Vegan Market, Data Suggests

Brick-and-mortar retailers, it turns out, may be living in the Stone Age, finds two new studies, particularly when it comes to capturing the growing demand for vegan and plant-based options. A new survey released by The Vegan Society found that a whopping 91% of vegans can often “struggle” to find ‘grab and go’ food options, reports the London Economic. “Food options for vegans have dramatically improved over the last few years but the research, which involved 2500 UK vegans, suggests there is still room for improvement.” Now, the new Vegan on the Go campaign launched by the group is...

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Former ‘Daily Show’ Host Jon Stewart is Vegan (and Apparently Has Killer Abs)

In a recent interview with actor Matt Damon on Late Night With Stephen Colbert, the late night host teased Damon about his role in 2011’s Happy Feet 2, where Damon and Brad Pitt play krill (small crustaceans eaten by whales, seals, penguins, squid, and fish), suggesting that the script had first been offered to Colbert and former Daily Show host Jon Stewart, but they had to decline because of their busy schedules. Damon played along and inquired who of the two would have taken the Brad Pitt role, to which Colbert replied, “Jon’s vegan so he’s got the abs.” Stewart’s...

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Top 5 Foods to Replace With Vegan Substitutes (if You Want to Save the Planet)

The Natural Resources Defense Council recently released data on foods with the biggest impact on climate change. Beef, lamb, butter, shellfish, and cheese top the list of offenders, contributing significant greenhouse gases per each kilogram of food: beef 26.5 kg, lamb 22.9 kg, butter 11.9 kg, shellfish 11.7 kg, and cheese 9.8 kg. But fortunately, you can easily replace these foods with plant-based vegan substitutes that are good for the planet, the animals, and your health (and, arguably, better tasting, too). The Top 5 Foods to Replace With Vegan Substitutes    1.Beef While a lot of people have already...

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Mýa’s Latest Vegan Challenge Gives Followers a Chance to Win Vacation

Grammy-award-winning recording artist and ageless vegan, Mýa, is making everyone hungry with her final 28-day raw vegan challenge of the year. The pop star’s Instagram feed looks like a menu wishlist for a five-star retreat restaurant as she highlights her mouthwatering meals and snacks. And the smoothies…oh, the smoothies! A post shared by MYA (@myaplanet9) on Dec 2, 2017 at 11:36am PST Not only is Mýa rocking the delicious eats, but she’s giving her followers tips on kitchen essentials, like the best blenders and dehydrators. And if you swipe on her feed, you’ll find lots of useful info, like...

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Tim McGraw Shares Emotional Vegan Story (#TheRestOfOurLife)

Three-time Grammy Award winning country music star Tim McGraw shared an emotional fan video of a cancer survivor story to his Facebook page today as part of a hashtag trending based on McGraw’s hit 2017 duet album with his wife, five-time Grammy Award winner, Faith Hill, The Rest of Our Life. Fans are using #TheRestofOurLife to tell their marriage and relationship stories. In the video, the couple tells the story of how they met in 2011 and quickly fell in love. But soon after, they found out that Rob was facing a serious cancer battle — stage-4 colorectal cancer that had...

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Walmart Just Launched Vegan Meal Kits

Walmart is now in the $2 billion meal kit business, the retailer announced this week. The move is a partnership with popular meal kit companies Home Chef and Takeout Kit, with several vegan meal kit options on offer — another move to satisfy the growing demand for plant-based and vegan options by the retailer. The program has been so successful in the first week that some kits have already sold out.  Like other meal kit programs, the Walmart meals come with portioned-out ingredients for home cooks–but the meals are otherwise made fresh in your kitchen. While consumers can easily...

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‘Go Vegan’ Billboard Campaign Arrives in Times Square

A major billboard campaign launched throughout New York City this week by the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, includes a giant billboard in the heart of Times Square, encouraging people to go vegan this holiday season and extend compassion to all animals. The campaign features animals rescued by the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, one of the nation’s leading farm animal rescue operations located just two hours north of New York City in Saugerties. The 148-acre farm houses eleven species of farm animals, rescuing more than 4,000 animals since it first began operating in 2001. A Catskill Animal Sanctuary resident pig named Amelia,...

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Portland Announces Second Vegan Friendly BBQ Joint

Vegan Portlanders looking for a good spot to go with non-vegan friends for late-night eats and drinks can check out the new Thunderbird — the eighth bar from the Lightning Bar Collective, opening in the city tomorrow. The restaurant and bar will feature some expected and vegan-friendly gastropub bar eats including a number of vegan barbecue options (yes, you read that right, vegan barbecue exists), many of which hail from the Homegrown Smoker, the city’s popular all-vegan barbecue joint.  There are a number of mouthwatering vegan dishes on the Thunderbird menu including the “Thunderburger,” a vegan patty served with lettuce,...

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Vegan US Senator Cory Booker Enjoys Impossible Burgers Between Charity Work

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is no stranger to the vegan community– the former Newark mayor announced his plan to go vegan for a year back in 2014, and hasn’t looked back. “When you find yourself trying to avoid the truth about something because it’s inconvenient, because you know it doesn’t align with your values and your moral compass … I wasn’t living my truth,” he told Philly.com. Now, three years later, Senator Booker is still an enthusiastic and apparently pretty woke vegan — he’s Tweeting about his recent #vegan Impossible Burger sesh and how it led him to...

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Global Vegan Protein Market to Surpass $10 Billion Within 5 Years, Says New Report

Plant-based proteins are experiencing tremendous growth, cites a new report by Meticulous Research. According to the research, the category will exceed $10 billion by 2022, growing at 6.7% over the next five years. “The plant based protein market is driven by increasing awareness about the benefits of protein and growing demand for protein rich diet, growing health & wellness trend, increasing consumers’ focus on meat alternatives, growing demand from food & beverage industry, and various advancements in ingredient technologies such as microencapsulation,” Meticulous Research noted in a press release today. The report notes that the already well-established and inexpensive soy...

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James and Suzy Cameron Urge Public to Adopt Vegan Diet to Combat Climate Crisis

In a powerful op-ed for the Guardian, Academy-Award-winning director James Cameron and his wife, activist and co-founder of the Muse School in Los Angeles, Suzy Amis Cameron, are urging a shift toward a plant-based diet “if we’re to reach our climate goals.” “Our collective minds are stuck on this idea that talking about food’s environmental impact risks taking something very intimate away from us. In fact it’s just the opposite. Reconsidering how we eat offers us hope, and empowers us with choice over what our future planet will look like. And we can ask our local leaders – from...

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5 Cat Food Considerations for the Vegans Who Love (and Feed) Them

Cats rule the Internet. And for many people, they rule the home, too. But if you’re a vegan or vegetarian, or just trying to cut down on your meat intake in general, it can be a challenge feeding these little carnivores. Like our food system, the pet food system is equally problematic. It’s an industry built on low costs and high profits, which, in the case of animal ingredients, means the health and welfare of an animal typically comes last. But, fortunately, not all pet food companies are the same, either. Here’s what you need to know to be...

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LA’s Vegan School Lunch Program Could Be Served to 650,000 Students Due to Popularity

The vegan school lunch pilot program that launched at the start of the 2017-2018 school year in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has been so successful this year that the district’s Food Services Division says it’s going to recommend that every school in the district — the second largest school district in the country — increase its vegan offerings. “Everyone loves the vegan chili,” Carolina Sagrero, a junior on the Roosevelt High School volleyball team told the Los Angeles School Report. “It got me thinking about my diet, and so I’ve tried more of the vegan options....

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Field Roast Pledges to Stay Vegan After Being Acquired by Meat Producer

Just a day after it was announced that Maple Leaf Foods, Canada’s largest packaged meat company, will acquire vegan meat brand Field Roast for $120 million, the Seattle-based grain meat producer says customers — and employees — have its word that Field Roast will remain a vegan and mission-driven company. “Dear Field Roast Friends, I met today with many of our vegan employees to hear and discuss concerns about becoming part of a larger animal meat company,” Field Roast founder David Lee said in a statement on the company’s Instagram page. “We drafted this document, which has been reviewed...

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Obesity and Diabetes Cause 800,000 Cases of Cancer a Year, Study Finds

New research out of Imperial College London points to a high body mass index (BMI) and type-2 diabetes as the sources of nearly six percent of all cancers across the globe — nearly 800,000 cases of cancer a year, according to the researchers. The research, published in the recent issue of the journal The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, found that higher BMIs and type-2 diabetes were particularly prevalent among cancer cases in Western countries. It’s the first research to link diabetes to increased risk of cancer. “While obesity has been associated with cancer for some time, the link between...

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Vegan Sweets Set to Be One of the Biggest Dessert Trends in 2018

Forecasts released by the Nation’s Restaurant News says diners will see a lot more vegan sweets on their plates in 2018, as plant-based desserts are going to be a top restaurant trend for the coming year. While vegan menus have been popping up all across the globe in recent years as demand for plant-based options hit record highs, desserts are often forgotten by mainstream restaurants, save for the occasional and often accidentally vegan sorbet. Vegans or those eschewing dessert ingredient staples like milk, eggs, butter, and cream for other reasons, would have to forego dessert altogether or seek it...

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Starbucks’ Vegan Snack Brand Will Make Zero-Wasters Go Bananas

Starbucks customers can add yet another healthy and responsible vegan snack to grab on their next latte run —  Barnana’s dried vegan banana snacks are now in a total of 13,000 Starbucks locations, the company says. Barnana is filling a void in the energy bar and product market with dried bananas, a common snack in Brazil, where founder and CEO Caue Suplicy grew up eating the chewy dehydrated fruits for energy (he’s also a triathlete and relied on them when racing). He loved the simplicity of the fruit; and unlike energy bars, dried bananas don’t require any added sugars, oils,...

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Vegan Beyond Burger Lands Permanent Menu Spot at Nearly 500 TGI Friday’s

After a successful two-month trial run, the popular plant-based Beyond Burger will now be served at nearly 500 recently updated Burger Bars at TGI Friday’s location across the U.S., the chain announced earlier this week. The meatless patty made from pea protein, beets, and coconut oil, started the trial run at the fast casual chain in September with the hopes of finding a permanent spot on the menu. That will happen come January when the chain will feature the Beyond Burger at all locations. In addition to a featured Beyond Burger preparation, TGI Friday’s customers can also use it...

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Centuries Old Foods Make Comeback With ‘New’ Vegan Food Culture

“Old-school” plant-based proteins are making a comeback, says the New Hope Network. Foods like beans, tofu, and wheat-based seitan, are reportedly holding their own while big name plant-meat producers Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods take much of the spotlight. “While Wired and like publications give Hampton Creek, Beyond Meat and other new plant-based purveyors plenty of press, legacy brands such as the 37-year-old Tofurky, which for decades bore ridicule, still don’t receive much mention. Sure, that somewhat awkward brand name doesn’t help. But the main reason Tofurky, Gardein, Lightlife Foods and others never enjoyed this level of hype is...

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83% of New York Dairy Farm Workers Are Being Exploited, Says New Report

A new report on the state of New York’s dairy farm workers reveals widespread worker abuse and injury for the struggling undocumented Latin immigrant population. New York’s dairy industry is booming due in large part to the rise in sales of yogurt (American yogurt brand Chobani is headquartered in NY). According to the report, entitled “Milked NY: Immigrant Dairy Farmworkers in New York State,” 83 percent of dairy farm workers surveyed were undocumented immigrants coming typically from four countries: Mexico (61%), Guatemala (34%), Honduras (2%), and Puerto Rico (2%). “Immigrant dairy farmworkers are a hidden population that is difficult...

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Vegan Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Expands to Asia

Just how hot, er, should that be cool, are the Ben & Jerry’s nondairy ice cream flavors that launched earlier year? The line is so popular it’s even heading to Asia–Singapore to be exact. That’s quite a long way from Vermont, but for fans of the cool and creamy nondairy desserts, it’s a worthy trek.  Three flavors of Ben & Jerry’s vegan ice cream are now available on the island, reports Coconuts Singapore: caramel almond brittle; coconut seven layer bar with fudge chunks, walnuts, and caramel; and peanut butter and cookies. The vegan ice creams are all almond-milk-based as well as...

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The Hottest Plant-Based Trends Meet in New Vegan Cooking Show, ‘High Cuisine’

What do you get when two chefs are stoned out of their minds and then asked to cook a vegan meal? No, that’s not a joke — it’s reality. Well, as real as reality gets these days. But it is funny as all heck. And it may even give you some new favorite plant-based meal ideas. Cannabis totally optional (but clearly recommended). “High Cuisine” is launching on Verizon’s go90 today in partnership with Latin youth-focused website, mitú. Filmed in Los Angeles at Pollution Studios, which is run by the outspoken vegan advocate Asher Brown, the plant-based reality cooking contest...

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Tesco Shuts Down 6 Meat Counters Due to ‘Low Customer Demand’

Leading UK supermarket, Tesco announced it will be closing its meat and seafood counter at six of its UK locations due to lack of customer interest, the chain said. Signs posted in the select stores read “Due to low customer demand, the Meat & Fish counters will be closing soon.” The world’s third largest supermarket chain operates more than 3,700 stores in the UK and says the decision is part of an “ongoing trial.” It is still offering meat and seafood as prepackaged options in its refrigerated and frozen sections of those six stores. The announcement comes just weeks...

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NBA Star Kyrie Irving Says a Vegan Diet is Making Him a Stronger Player

What in the wicked heck is going on in Boston? Not only does Patriots QB Tom Brady have a vegan meal track with meal kit company Purple Carrot, but the Bleacher Report is now reporting that Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving is giving the vegan diet a go, too. Last month, Irving told the NBA Countdown broadcast crew that he has “been on more of a plant-based diet, getting away from the animals and all that.” “I had to get away from that,” he said. “So my energy is up. My body feels amazing.” “All that”  is the more...

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Vegan Vacations to Be 2018’s Hottest Travel Trend, Says Lonely Planet

Planning a big vacation for 2018? Well, hope you’re hungry, because according to the travel guide website, Lonely Planet, vegan and vegetarian travel is the hot travel trend for the coming year. What does a vegetarian vacation look like? Pretty much any other vacation, with a few exceptions. The main one of course being food. Lots and lots of vegan food. And according to Lonely Planet, you can hit up the world’s favorite travel destinations even as a vegan. Including Paris. Yes, Paris, home to boeuf borgenoin, duck liver pate, and all those butter croissants is also a destination for...

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Bill Gates Urged to Make His 25,000-Acre ‘Smart City’ a Vegan One

It’s no secret that Bill Gates sees a pretty vegan future. He’s invested in a few of the leading plant-based brands: the El Segundo, Calif., based Beyond Meat, and the Northern Calif., based Hampton Creek. He’s also invested in Memphis Meats, another Calif., startup focused on creating cultured “clean” meat that uses animal cells instead of the entire animal to produce meat. It all makes sense that Gates would be so enamored with food tech; it’s ushering in a new wave of food possibilities that not only make food healthier and better for the planet, but also more capable...

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Whole Milk Consumption Linked to Prostate Cancer Risk, Study Finds

Men suffering from prostate cancer should avoid whole milk, says new research out of the University of California, San Francisco. The research, published in the November 6 issue of the journal The Prostate, found that of more than 1,300 men participating in the Cancer of the Prostate Strategic Research Endeavor study over the course twelve years, the men who reported drinking whole milk four or more times per week experienced an 80 percent increased risk of recurrence compared with men who drank milk infrequently or not at all. The researchers also noticed a correlation with body mass index (BMI)...

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Jeni’s Launch Vegan Ice Cream for Plant Based Chocoholics

It looks like instead of cookies, Santa will be getting pints and pints of vegan ice cream this year as another conventional ice cream maker says it’s adding vegan options to its offerings. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream is the latest to toss its scoop into the nondairy ice cream tub. Ben & Jerry’s and Halo Top both made headlines earlier this year after announcing nondairy options.  “Are you ready?” Jeni’s asked on its Instagram page last week. “Because Dark Chocolate Truffle is changing the dairy-free, vegan frozen dessert game. It blows every other non-dairy flavor you’ve ever tried out...

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5 Things Donald Trump Needs to Know Before He Eats Shark Fin Soup Again

Far be it from us to tell President Donald Trump what to eat. But the rumors that he recently indulged in shark fin soup while visiting Vietnam made us do a double-take. This food may once have been considered a delicacy amongst royalty. But today, it’s just indulgent cruelty. Here are five reasons President Trump should consider avoiding it in the future.     5 Things Donald Trump Needs to Know Before He Eats Shark Fin Soup Again There are more than 400 species of sharks in the wild. But sadly, more than 100 million sharks are killed for...

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Doctors Are Prescribing Plants to Patients (and They’re Working Better Than Drugs)

Increasing consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables is so vital to human health that doctors are now writing prescriptions…for produce. A program in Houston, called Wholesome Wave, is being offered by Memorial Hermann Hospital, and allows more than 300 families in the area to redeem their “prescriptions” at local farmers markets and Target stores. Houston isn’t the first city to use a program like this. Wholesome Wave has seen success in other major metro areas like Los Angeles and Miami. The programs have, so far, been successful. The coupons — about $1 per day per family member —  are particularly targeted...

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Reddi-Wip Launching Vegan Whipped Cream Due to Declining Demand for Dairy

Conagra, parent company to the popular Reddi-Wip brand of canister whipped topping, says it’s working on creating a nondairy option made from almond and coconut milk, to “cater to consumers’ growing interest in non-dairy, plant-based foods,” CNBC reports. The company already sells a nondairy version of its original, but it does contain sodium caseinate, a dairy protein. It’s also loaded with palm oil and high fructose corn syrup, ingredients that may not be present in the forthcoming topping, based on the direction Conagra seems to be heading. The popular whipped topping brand recently made changes to its original dairy-based...

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