Katie Pevreall

UK Sales of Vegan and Vegetarian Meat Alternatives Are Up At Least 37%

National statistics released by the UK’s Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have revealed that over the last two decades, people are increasingly shopping for more ethical food options, including plant-based meat alternatives, certified organic, fair-trade, free-range, and freedom foods (also know as RSPCA approved). Ethical food sales now make up nearly 10% of all household food sales in the UK, accounting for £9 billion of household food sales in 2015. Between 1999 and 2015, sales of vegetarian meat alternatives rose by more than 36 percent. According to DEFRA “Rainforest Alliance made up the largest single share...

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Dr. Michael Greger Releases Vegan Cookbook to Help You Stay Alive

Dr. Michael Greger, nutrition expert and author of ‘How Not to Die’ will release a cookbook this December full of plant-based recipes that will keep you healthy and alive for longer. His first book, ‘How Not to Die’ brought together his knowledge around nutrition, and the impact certain foods have on the human body. Dr. Greger advocates for a vegan diet, as well as encouraging people to use oil sparingly (if at all) and to focus on foods that positively impact the human body. Dr. Greger has conducted extensive research into the effects of animal products on health. For...

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Discussion in Parliament Addresses How a Vegan Diet Can Fight Climate Change

This Tuesday (17th October), a public discussion was held in the Houses of Parliament, where the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Vegetarianism and Veganism addressed the impact of animal agriculture on climate change. In reference to the Paris Climate Change Agreement, signed last year by 195 states and the EU, MPs and experts warned that targets were unlikely to be met should animal agriculture be ignored as a major contributing factor. Currently, there are 5 MPs in the UK, one of whom is Kerry McCarthy whose appointment as Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in 2015 by Jeremy...

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Customers Ask for More Vegan Menus at Hotels

A list compiled by The Good Hotel Guide has revealed that customers are increasingly expecting hotels to provide vegan menus. On the list of top 10 complaints that customers had about hotels, there not being a menu for vegans came in at number 7. This is likely a reflection of the fast-paced change in society that is seeing the public adopt plant-based diets, a vegan lifestyle or becoming ‘flexitarian’, where people wish to consume vegan meals sometimes. Commenting on this revelation, Adam Raphael, co-editor of The Good Hotel Guide, said to the Daily Mail, ‘There are lots of vegetarians...

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Youtube Star EdgyVeg Releases Carnivore Approved Vegan Cookbook

Youtube star The EdgyVeg, otherwise known as Candice Hutchings, has released her first ever cookbook and it ‘has received the signature carnivore stamp of approval from her husband James and their friends and family.’ The popular youtube has taken plant-based cooking to the next level. Instead of focusing on a ‘traditional’ vegan diet, she’s veganised the comfort foods that everyone will crave the most, making this cookbook a household must-have for everyone, not just vegans. Included in her 256-page cookbook will be Easy Cheesey Fondue, Chick Fillet Deluxe, Thank You Very Matcha Ice Cream and even Buffalo Cauliflower Wings...

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Leonardo DiCaprio Backs Vegan Meat Brand Beyond Meat to Tackle Climate Change

Leonardo DiCaprio has given people much reason to believe that he is vegan in recent months. He has already invested in Hippeas, a vegan, chickpea-based crisp brand, and often refers to the detrimental effect of animal agriculture on the environment. Now, he has chosen to back brand Beyond Meat as an official investor. Ethan Brown, Beyond Meat’s CEO has commented on DiCaprio’s choice to invest saying ‘I am thrilled to officially welcome Leonardo DiCaprio to the Beyond Meat family…His investment and role as an advocate reflects a shared vision that meat made directly from plants, like our Beyond Burger,...

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Vegan Makeup Company for People of Colour Raises $1M in Investments

Cofounders of Mented Cosmetics have achieved a feat only 14 other women of color have achieved before them: they have raised $1 million in investments for their business. Amanda Johnson and KJ Miller have created Mented, short for pigmented, in order to ensure ‘women of color feel prioritized in the world of beauty.’ The first products they will launch are their vegan nude lipsticks, which are currently available for preorder. ‘We really think we’re onto something here at Mented,’ Johnson told Forbes. ‘Even though women of color have a difficult time raising money if there’s an under-served market investors...

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Fry’s Vegan Schnitzel Wins Food Innovation Award Due to Taste and Nutrient Density

Competing against a whopping 2304 other entries, Fry’s Family Food Co. has announced that its Flaxseed Schnitzel has won a much sought after accolade. Anuga Food Tec has awarded Fry’s the Innovation Award this year for their completely vegan schnitzel. The soy-based product is popular not only for its taste but also due to the high vitamin and mineral content present. Many people are concerned about getting Omega-3s on a plant-based diet as they are an essential fatty acid that cannot be made by the body. Fry’s inclusion of flaxseeds in the recipe makes it easy for families to...

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Vegan Cookery School Helping People in Need Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

An initiative to encourage plant-based eating is asking for your help to secure its existence for the next 5 years. Made in Hackney is ‘an award winning eco-community kitchen and cookery school’ based in London that gives people the tools and skills they need to cook delicious, plant-based food that is good for themselves and good for the planet. Not only is everything they make completely vegan, they also aim to cook with local, seasonal and organic produce. Since its inception 5 years ago, the cookery school has received a great deal of media attention for the good work...

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Vegan Star Miley Cyrus Pleads ‘Adopt Don’t Shop’ in Puppy-Filled BuzzFeed Interview

Longtime vegan Miley Cyrus recently had the privilege of answering interview questions in a room full of puppies. The star was surprised by BuzzFeed with the pups before she answered questions about her new album and the animals she has at home. Aside from all the nibbling, nearly pulling off Cyrus’ shirt and one pup who took a particular like to Miley, there was also an important message: adopt don’t shop. The pups are from North Shore Animal League America, and are all up for adoption, well maybe not all of them now Miley has met them. The adorable...

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Gucci Announces Plan to Go Fur Free in Spring 2018

Gucci’s CEO Marco Bizzarri made a huge announcement today when he stated that the designer brand will go completely fur-free. Gucci’s switch to fur-free fashion will begin with their spring collection next year. The brand will also become part of the Fur Free Alliance. In a statement made by Gucci, the brand claimed that it will not ‘use, promote, or publicize animal fur,’ anymore. This announcement is surprising considering Gucci’s previous reliance on fur in many of its collections.Speaking with Business of Fashion, Bizzari said ‘Do you think using furs today is still modern? I don’t think it’s still modern and...

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The First Vegan ‘Mylk Man’ Service Arrives on London’s Doorsteps

In days gone by, everything was different about food, from what we ate to how it was delivered. As an increasing number of reports emerge detailing the harmful effects of animal agriculture, it might seem like a move away from cakes made with eggs and butter and those meat-filled Sunday roasts are a good thing. However, for some people, the modern world of ordering a Tesco delivery online can lack the charm of yesteryear. Thankfully for Londoners, Jamie Chapman has just the answer. Quite literally delivering the perfect symbiosis between the future and the past, Chapman is the UK’s...

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Study Recommends Vegan Diet to Tackle America’s Increasing Rate of Disease

A recent study called ‘Lifestyle Medicine: A Brief Review of its Dramatic Impact on Health and Survival’ has put forward the notion that US medicine should be focussing on preventative measures when it comes to chronic diseases. Currently, in the USA, many people are suffering from terrible diseases, often fatal. The number of cases of heart disease and cancer in the US is increasing rapidly. Due to pharmaceuticals, less people are dying of heart disease, although it’s suggested that last year cancer became the leading cause of death in the US. However, this new report says that medicinal intervention...

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Made in Chelsea’s Tiff Watson Announces Plan to Open Vegan Restaurant

Made in Chelsea star, Tiffany Watson, announced on the show this evening that she and her family will be opening a vegan restaurant. In tonight’s episode she claimed that she has never been a ‘preachy vegan,‘ and her motivation behind the restaurant is to help the animals, as well as help people improve their health. Tiffany herself is a vegan, and an advocate for the lifestyle. Older sister, Lucy Watson, is also vegan and has recently released her first cookbook called ‘Feed Me Vegan’, the recipes in which will have anyone counting down the minutes until dinner time. Father of...

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Survey Discovers 70% of US Colleges Now Serve Vegan Food

Peta2, the youth division of PETA, has recently surveyed US colleges to determine how vegan-friendly they are. The result is the ‘Vegan Report Card’ which lists colleges in order of how they scored in terms of student satisfaction, and vegan options available. In addition to this, the survey looked at how many people on campus are now vegan or vegetarian, and how many people are choosing vegan meals, regardless of what label they give themselves. The survey found that in the past 10 years, the number of vegetarian students at US colleges has increased by 50 percent, and the...

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New Vegan and Gluten Free Cheesecake Range Now Available in UK

The UK’s  first ever vegan and gluten-free chilled cheesecake range is heading to Waitrose! Established plant-based brand Freaks of Nature are expanding their range to include the two flavours of cheesecake in addition to their current dessert options. Already supplying the people of the UK with vegan desserts in three flavours; Cocoa Loco, Zingy Thingy and Mango Fandango, founder of the brand, Peter Ahye, claims that ‘it’s the mission at Freaks of Nature to offer decadent, liberation and most importantly delicious tasty desserts, with absolutely no junk.’ Just like their current desserts, the cheesecakes will be available in individual...

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Vegan Brand Beyond Meat Confirms Plans for 2018 UK Expansion

Beyond Meat’s executive chairman, Seth Goldman, has confirmed plans to expand into the UK in the first quarter of 2018. Goldman has yet to reveal the finer details but he is in contact with a number of people regarding the move across the Atlantic. ‘I can tell you it’s a… great list… of the kind of folks we would hope to connect with,’ says Goldman. However, when prompted, he confirmed that they will be focussing on retail, although they are also in talks with members of the foodservice industry. Beyond Meat has had great success in the US since...

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Vegan Lifter Breaks Three Powerlifting Records in One Day

Vegan athlete Yolanda Presswood made history today when she broke the Californian and US powerlifting record for Squat, with just one rep, and the state record for Bench. This earned her the title of Best Masters Lifter as well as first place. According to Great Vegan Athletes the athlete’s Squat saw her lift an impressive 128kg (283lb) and Bench Press 62.5kg (137lb). This is a particularly amazing day for Presswood, as family circumstances have forced her to cancel three other powerlifting events this year. A post shared by Yolanda Presswood ⓥ 🍃 (@yolandapresswood) on Oct 7, 2017 at 11:52am PDT Presswood...

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Charles Darwin’s Great, Great Grandson Urges People to ‘Eat Less Meat’

Following a failed suicide attempt 26 years ago, Chris Darwin decided his life needed some meaning. Being the great, great grandson of Charles Darwin, working to improve the welfare of animals seemed like the appropriate path. Chris Darwin is specifically focussed on the halting mass species extinction across the globe. Many species of animal are becoming extinct at shocking rates, and alongside other scientists and environmentalists, he believes he knows why: meat production. “We have to stop this,” says Darwin, and recent studies agree. Research into 27,600 species has said that ‘Dwindling population sizes and range-shrinkages amount to a...

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Vegan Burger Chain Plans to Expand Across USA and Whole Foods Stores

Earlier this year, Oregon based vegan burger joint Next Level Burger (NLB), opened a burger bar in a Seattle Whole Foods. Now, they’re looking to expand far beyond Oregon and Washington, with plans to open over 1000 units in the next 10 years. This plan will include more bars being opened up in Whole Foods stores as well as stand-alone restaurants. Founder of NLB Matt de Grutyer says that this was his plan all along. ‘My vision was never to open up one concept, one unit, and go about my merry way,’ he said. ‘My goal from the beginning...

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Beef Industry Release Weird New Advert to Win Back Vegan Inclined Millennials

In a bid to encourage millennials to eat more meat, the Beef Industry has launched a new campaign that’s actually not new at all. They have revamped the ‘Beef: It’s What’s for Dinner’ advert from 25 years ago, but given it a modern twist, because as much as millennials love their plant foods, they also love technology. The advert also has an ‘Old Macdonald Had a Farm’ theme to it, to appeal to a millennial’s inner child, and hopefully that child’s love for burgers. In conjunction with the new TV ad, there is also a new website detailing recipes, beef’s...

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McDonalds Introduces a Vegan Burger to the Menu!

McDonald’s are trialing their new burger today – and it’s vegan! Named the ‘McVegan’, the burger is currently available only at one restaurant in Finland, but should it prove popular, there’s a chance it’s distribution could spread. The McVegan patty is made from soy, and at this particular outlet, you can also order the burger with vegan fries, which isn’t possible everywhere in the world, where the fries contain beef fat. At present, the burger will only be available until the end of November. Then, McDonald’s will look back over the previous two months to decide whether it can...

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How to Have a Vegan Great British Bake Off

Channel 4’s Great British Bake Off is upon us, and despite what you said about how it won’t be the same without Sue, Mel and Mary you’ve somehow still committed to your Tuesday night viewing. The show has received a mixed response from the public so far. Firstly, when did Noel Fielding get so normal? Secondly, was it common knowledge that Sandi Toksvig was so short? And thirdly, why is Stacey not looking around the tent to work out how to fold those fortune cookies?! Regardless of all this, some of the bakes have looked pretty good, if you...

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Blink 182 Chef to Open Vegan Deli

Mary Mattern, previously the private chef for Blink-182 is set to open a vegan deli in April 2018. The deli will be in Orlando, Florida and judging by Mattern’s instagram account it’s going to be a must-visit location. Tentatively called ‘Heirloom Deli’, Mattern and fiancee, Neil Westfall of A Day to Remember, want to recreate plant based versions of all some old American classics. Mattern’s latest attempts at perfecting these dishes have been documented on instagram, including Maple Tempeh Bacon, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and even Deep Fried Guacamole! Whilst no-one but Mary, her fiancee, and probably the boys of...

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Australia’s Parliament House to Host ‘World Vegan Day’ Lunch!

Less than a month away, 1st November, is World Vegan Day! While there are many organisations around the world who will celebrate this day with great enthusiasm, one of them is quite surprising. Australia’s Parliament House in Canberra is set to host its first every Vegan Day Lunch! The lunch will take place on 4th November in celebration of World Vegan Day. The event will not just include food but also play host to a number of important figures in the vegan movement. Speakers at the event will include vegan activist Joey Carbstrong; Melissa Vanderhorst, creator of Australia’s first...

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Dairy Industry Fear School Children Becoming Vegan Activists

Dairy Herd Management have expressed their concerns over the ways in which animal rights activists will attempt to turn young people against agriculture this academic year. ‘October is upon us, and that means school is in full swing for everyone from kindergarteners to college students. Pop quiz: Do we need to be concerned about what those students will hear in class and on campus about animal agriculture? Unfortunately, the answer is yes,’ says Dairy Herd. The article published on their site infers that animal rights activists are choosing to speak in institutional spaces predominantly occupied by young people, such as...

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Link Between Meat and Cancer Discovered 100 Years Ago but Ignored by Government

Nutrition expert and author of The China Study, T. Colin Campbell, has recently published the first in a series of pieces detailing the ways in which we have ignored scientific research linking nutrition and cancer. The researcher, who was part of the widely discredited National Academy of Science report ‘Diet, Nutrition and Cancer’ in 1982, is publishing this series as a way of presenting some of his unreleased work from the 1980s. The paper originally comprised of over 60 pages and was a result of a vast amount of research conducted by Campbell to try and understand why the...

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Ben & Jerry’s Employee Finds 30-Day Vegan Challenge ‘Surprisingly Easy’

Following the release of Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy in the UK, the ice-cream company have become a little more vegan friendly, even releasing some vegan recipes. In their latest move to encourage people to try their animal product free ice cream, a Ben & Jerry’s employee took on the 30-day vegan challenge, and to their surprise, it was actually rather easy. The ice cream giant took the opportunity to give some helpful tips to people who might also wish to try embarking on the challenge. Unsurprisingly, this list had a lot of information as to how great an addition...

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Burger Chain Known for ‘Exotic’ Meats to Open All Vegan Restaurant

Bareburger, a chain that has built its reputation on offering a wide variety of ‘exotic’ meat, made a surprising announcement at this year’s Multi-unit Foodservice Operator’s (MUFSO) conference: they’re going vegan. Within the next five months, Bareburger will open its first ever, fully vegan site. Culinary director of Bareburger, Jonathan Lemon made the announcement to a ‘Future of Food’ panel on Monday. ‘There will not be a drop of meat in this restaurant,’ he said. Adding ‘The future is here, and meat will play a smaller role in years to come.’ Additionally, having already introduced the plant-based Impossible Burger...

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New Partnership Brings Vegan Beyond Burgers Straight to Your Door

Chef’d, an online service that delivers meal ingredients straight to your door, has recently announced an expanded partnership with popular plant based meat company Beyond Meat. Having initially partnered back in 2015 when Chef’d first launched, the two brands have come together to offer a wider selection of Beyond products. The concept of Chef’d is pretty simple, you scroll through a huge selection of recipes, created by chefs, pick which ones you want, and voila! The ingredients and recipes are delivered to your door so you can concoct a tasty meal for you and your family. Beyond Meat had...

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FatFace Take a Stand Against Down with Feather Free Vegan Puffers

‘No more down, for ducks’ sake.’ FatFace have taken a stand against down this year and have gone completely animal product free in their new line of puffer jackets. The brand have replaced the down in their jackets with PrimaLoft®, which does the same thing without any animals being harmed. ‘We’re taking a stand for our feathered friends,’ says FatFace, advertising the new jackets on their page. Many people concerned with animal welfare stay away from buying products that use down. Although certain companies claim that they are able to source down ethically, and without harming the animals, this...

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Bella Italia Launch Delicious New Vegan Options to Menu This Week!

UK Italian chains have been introducing vegan cheesy pizzas across the board recently. Zizzi, Ask Italian and Pizza Hut, to name a few. With this introduction, has also come an improved selection of other vegan dishes on Italian menus. Joining them this coming week, will be Bella Italia. Bella Italia is set to launch a new menu on Tuesday and with it will come an array of vegan dishes. Unfortunately the Italian have yet to confirm whether they will include cheese on their vegan pizzas, but given their competition, it seems the chances are pretty high. Bella Italia told...

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‘Orange is the New Pink’ Breast Cancer Initiative Recommends Veggies Over Ribbons

Right now it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During the month of October, many women take to wearing pink ribbons on their chest, having made a donation to breast cancer research. However, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) are suggesting that women switch the pink ribbons for orange veggies this year, with their new initiative Orange is the New Pink. PCRM suggest that consuming foods rich in carotenoids will leave women much less likely to develop breast cancer than wearing a pink ribbon will. ‘Carotenoids,’ says PCRM ‘are colourful pigments found in plant that provide an ample supply of...

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New Spookily Colour-Changing Vegan Halloween Makeup Brushes!

The world of cosmetics can be a scary place for a vegan, with animal products hiding around every corner. Thankfully, recently, vegans have been able to indulge in a little novelty makeup shopping too! From a Mean Girls Burn Book to a Harry Potter Quill Eyeliner, the world of vegan makeup is changing fast, in fact it’s predicted to the be the next big thing, so what’s next? Well, Unicorn Cosmetics have brought out a Halloween makeup brush set and it might just blow your mind. This brush set might already look pretty cool with its unicorn horn handles...

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Plant Based Brand ‘Vitasoy’ Add Two New Vegan Milks to Range

Popular plant based milk company, Vitasoy, have announced the introduction of two more plant milks to their current range. Vitasoy claim that this addition is in response to a growing number of consumers choosing plant milks over dairy, a trend that’s expected to continue. As part of their Growing Milk since 1940 campaign, Vitasoy have released Almond Milky and Coconut Milky. The products have been created for people who wanted a different texture to their plant milks. Both new products are a good source of calcium, with one glass of the almond milk providing a third of the daily...

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European Dairy Company Launch Vegan Cheese Options Named “Go Vegan”

Norwegian cheese company ‘Synnøve Finden’ made history this month when they became the first ever cheese producer in Norway to bring out vegan cheese. The range is called ‘Go Vegan’ and there are two types available: grated and sliced. When reviewed by a vegan blogger, the sliced version was described as having a mild taste and not as vinegary as some other vegan cheeses. To the delight of vegans across the globe, the grated cheese contains two different types and it melts amazingly. It makes a great topping for pizza. Both cheeses are made from potato starch, corn, rice,...

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Restaurant Creates Vegan Burger From Juice Pulp to Tackle Food Waste

Mendocino Farms have recently released the ‘Rescued Vegetable Burger’, and it might be the most sustainable burger you’ve ever eaten. The plant based burger is made from repurposed juice pulp. The Mendocino team got their inspiration for the product from Blue Hill’s. Blue Hill’s in London, run a the WastED initiative which aims to cut down on food waste by partnering with chefs, farmers and distributors across the city and find ways of using food that would normally go to waste. Mendocino, far away from London in the warmer climes of California, have partnered with Pressed Juicery to use...

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Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Releases a Vegan Cookbook That’s ‘For Everybody’

It’s no big secret that Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is mad about vegetables. In 2011, the TV Chef released ‘River Cottage Veg Everyday’, a vegetarian cookbook that celebrates the diversity of the humble vegetable. Known for his attempts at creating more sustainable solutions to meat and fish consumption, the chef has gone one step further this time and released a cookbook that’s completely vegan, called ‘Much More Veg’. Although not vegan himself, Fearnley-Whittingstall understands the health benefits of consuming a diet high in plant-based foods. He claims that his new cookbook shows just how much you can do with vegetables. Claiming...

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Ice Cream Brand ‘Halo Top’ Introduce 7 Vegan Flavours!

Ice cream company, Halo Top, which advertises itself as ‘healthy ice cream…low-calorie, high-protein, and low-sugar’ has made a huge announcement that has got people pretty excited. Halo Top will add a huge 7 vegan flavours to its range! As stated by Halo, they are releasing ‘the world’s first low-calorie ice cream that is both non-dairy and vegan-friendly.’ The vegan frozen treats will be made with a coconut base and include varieties that have proved to be favourites in the dairy range. Among others, classic American flavors Peanut Butter Cup, Cinnamon Roll and Oatmeal Cookie will feature in Halo’s new...

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Esteemed Culinary School Given Plant Based Makeover

Matthew Kenney Culinary school is back in session for the fall semester this month, but it’s had a bit of a makeover. Now called PLANTLAB Culinary Academy, the institute is described as being the ‘premiere educational platform and plant based think tank.’ Currently PLANTLAB only have academies in LA, but come winter a new location will open in SoHo, New York City. PLANTLAB are looking to revolutionise the ways in which people perceive plant based food. Students can enrol on a variety of different courses, from full time chef training to weekend workshops. These programs focus on different aspects...

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World’s First Ever Holographic Cinema Will be Completely Vegan!

A fully vegan, superfood cafe has been named as the first home of a dedicated hologram theater. FilmOn’s Hologram USA Networks Inc. which is set to open at Alchemy on Hollywood Boulevard will be ‘the first dedicated hologram theater in the world.’ Alchemy will provide cinema snacks such as vegan shakes and popcorn to viewers. Alki David, CEO of Hologram USA has himself been a vegan for 12 years and believes that vegan snacks and holographic cinema go hand in hand. ‘At Hologram USA we are re-imagining entertainment – bringing beloved superstars back to perform and providing unbelievable spectacles...

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Annual US Tofu Sales Reach a Staggering $91 Million

A study conducted by Nielsen, a leading market research company, has indicated that plant-based foods sales have risen 8.1% in the last 12 months. The data which included information from all outlets (including grocery stores, drug stores, military stores and mass merchandisers) has also shown that whilst plant-based products continue to rise in sales, animal products are seeing a decline. Overall food sales in the US have fallen by 0.2% this year, but that hasn’t stopped plant-based foods from selling. Dairy alternatives in particular have seen a huge amount of growth this year, with a 20% increase which amounted to $700 million worth in sales over the past...

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How a Vegan Pastry For the Moon Could Save the Earth

Asia is expected to play a pivotal role in food production demands in the coming decades. As the wealth of asian populations grow, it appears that an increased desire for animal products will be a continuing trend. However, small changes are being made across the continent, and this time, the popular autumnal food Mooncakes are at the forefront of change. As demand for animal products in the western world declines, large corporations reliant on animal agriculture are choosing to expand distribution into Asia. This could have an irreversible impact not the environment at a time when the world desperately...

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Vegan Chain ‘By Chloe’ Secures Second European Location Ahead of UK Debut

Before the chain have even opened their first UK restaurant, By Chloe have already secured their second London site. As part of a $13 million expansion outside of the USA, By Chloe announced last month that their first European restaurant would open in Covent Garden, London, this autumn. It’s expected that By Chloe will soon expand into other countries in Europe and the Middle East. The second restaurant will be at One Tower Bridge and will join a whole host of other popular dining spots. The completely vegan chain have made their name offering a variety of plant-based comfort...

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Huge Vegan Christmas Product List Launched by VBites for 2017!

Popular vegan brand, VBites have revealed their Christmas releases for 2017 and the list is huge! The announcement follows Linda McCartney’s new Christmas additions earlier this year which saw vegan consumers excited for Christmas. But Linda McCartney’s new products are nothing on the list of new products to be launched in time for Christmas from VBites! The star of the show is the VegiDeli Duck Style & Orange Pâté, VBites recommend that this product ‘makes a great festive starter served with crispy warm toast, homemade chutney and salad.’ Which might be one of the fanciest vegan starters your family will...

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Vegan ‘Dragon’s Den’ Investment Challenge Comes to UK Festival

Vevolution Festival is fast approaching, with the event set to take place in Mayfair, London in less than two months. The TED talk style event has already announced some amazing speakers from Mercy for Animals founder Nathan Runkle, to former Made in Chelsea star Lucy Watson. Today they’ve announced yet another exciting addition to the lineup: a vegan ‘Dragon’s Den’. The competition named ‘Pitch + Plant’ will see entrepreneurs pitching their plant-based ideas to a team of investors for the chance to win £1500, or a runner up prize of £500. Never before have plant-based entrepreneurs been given the...

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Time Magazine Advises a Plant Based Diet to Improve Breast Cancer Treatment

Time Magazine has recommended that a plant-based diet is the best diet for people who are fighting breast cancer. The magazine has suggested that alongside good sleep, exercise, yoga and meditation, ‘[e]ating well through treatment is also helpful.’ Aside from the physical benefits to be gained, a plant-based diet has often been reported to increase a person’s happiness, give them more energy and overall leave them feeling more positive. As Time notes, it’s just as important to look after your mental health as it is your physical health when battling cancer. Patridge of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has said...

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Vegan Milk Popularity Soars by 550% Among Teens

A study conducted by Barclays has indicated that compared to previous generations, Generation Z are consuming 550% more plant-based milk. This is in comparison to Generation X, people born between the mid 1960s and mid 1970s. Generation Z are the post-millennial generation, born between 1996 and 2005 and it seems their preference for non-dairy over cow’s milk might have something to do with wanting to be healthy. In addition to this discovery, the study also found that Generation Z-ers are spending more time at the gym and less time at the pub, even in comparison to millennials. This is...

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How We’re Tricked into Buying Meat, Dairy and an Extra 17,000 Calories a Year

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) have warned that upselling is a major contributor to the rise in obesity in the UK. Shirley Cramer, chief executive of RSPH has said that the public are often pressured into buying more calories than they were originally intending to which, over the course of the year start to add up ‘without us noticing.’ This is particularly concerning due to the fact that upselling occurs most prominently in outlets that serve food high in saturated fat. The statistics around upselling are quite shocking with RSPH reporting that 78% of people experience upselling...

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Pret Reports Most Popular New Products are Vegan

In an interview with Forbes, Clive Schlee, CEO of Pret has said that the company ‘may have underestimated how strong the vegan movement is.’ This comment was prompted by the revelation that ‘[t]he top selling eight new products at Veggie Pret are all vegan.’ This figure says a lot about the vegan movement and the change in the way that people are viewing animal products. In previous years, vegetarianism has been a popular diet, and most people believed that it was decreasing the amount of harm caused to animals in the agricultural industry. However, as information on the egg...

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New Completely Vegan and Environmentally Friendly Supermarket Launches Online

As veganism continues to grow around the world, so does the number of places that people can buy ethically sourced, cruelty free products. Among them is new online store NotFrom, where you can get all the best vegan and environmentally friendly food products and toiletries. Owner and founder of NotFrom, Dana Levy has set out to make products that are kind to the animals and kind to the environment more available. NotFrom stocks items that are completely vegan and almost all items are free from harmful chemicals such as paraben and MIT. Dana says that these chemicals are bad...

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Vegan Contestant Competes for Chance to Become Astronaut on BBC Show

Vijay Shah is an aeronautical engineer, trained expedition guide, film-maker and vegan but now he’s also a contestant on new BBC show Astronauts. The show puts 12 people through their paces to determine whether they have what it takes to become an Astronaut. The most successful candidate on the show will receive a former NASA employee’s reference when they apply to space agencies. Shah is a vegan Jain, and comes from a family of people who also follow this lifestyle. In fact, one of his cousins was one of the first vegan Jains to live in the UK and...

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New TV Show ‘Yoga Girls’ to Feature Popular Vegan Instagram Star

Highly anticipated docu-drama Yoga Girls starts today. The show pits insta-famous yogis against those who have succeeded in their careers through more traditional routes. Featured on the show will be well-known, vegan, instagrammer Koya Webb. As she advertises on her instagram, Webb is a yoga teacher and vegan nutrition specialist. Thanks to her expertise, she has set up the Get Loved Up initiative which promotes wellness through online coaching. Webb teaches fitness, yoga, nutrition and meditation in 28 days and claims to have a 100% success rate. The program provides people with recipes and shopping lists for 114 vegan...

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Scottish Parliament Take Vegan Pledge to Tackle Climate Change

In a bid to encourage the Scottish parliament to be more conscious about the environmental impact of food choices, MSP Mark Ruskell put forward a motion earlier this week calling on other MSPs to back a Vegan Society campaign. The charity have recently launched Plate Up for the Planet which asks people to pledge to eat vegan for one week. To the surprise of many, the Scottish Parliament has backed the motion. Referring to the upcoming bill on climate change, Ruskell, a Scottish Green Party representative, asked parliament ministers to ‘be more ambitious when setting their targets for the...

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Ex Dairy Company Turned Vegan Set to Launch Plant Based Egg Replacement

Dairy-free milk brand, Elmhurst Milked, has announced that they will soon release a vegan egg replacement as part of their range. The company made news last year when it announced that isa s to cease production of dairy products. Elmhurst Dairy had been in the business for 92 years, but CEO Henry Schwartz felt it was time for a change, that ‘look[ed] towards the future.’ Just last month, Elmhurst Milked released their range of milk alternatives onto the market. Using nuts and a new method of creating plant-based dairy alternatives which the company calls ‘milking’, they created four delicious...

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Award Winning Vegan Fish Alternative Arrives on Market Next Year

Plant-based meat has become increasingly popular recently. Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat have pioneered the move towards more sustainable protein sources. But what started as a couple of beetroot blooded burgers, has now prompted people across the globe to start creating new types of vegan ‘meats’ that look and taste like the real thing, without all the nasty consequences to your health. Lagging behind in this new world of plant-based products has been a substitute for fish. Although recently, the vegetarian brand, Quorn have made their Fishless Fingers vegan and Linda McCartney now offer vegan Scampi. Now however, there’s...

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New Vegan Video Recipes by Popular London Chef Coming Soon

London Chef King Cook has announced that he will soon be filming and sharing his vegan recipes. The popular vegan chef caught the attention of media last month, thanks to success of his Boxpark premises in London. The Chef’s restaurant ‘Cook Daily’ became the must-visit place this summer, thanks to regular visits from JME. Cook opened Cook Daily in 2015, and has made quite a reputation from himself as a result of his fantastic cooking abilities. Cook claims that he’s managed to appeal to a wide audience, even attracting people who would normally be seen tucking into McDonalds and...

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Entire Guinness Range to be Vegan as Bottles and Cans Begin Production

All Guinness will soon be suitable for vegans! The brand made the announcement back in 2015 that they were changing their filtration process in order for the stout to become vegan friendly. At the time, a spokesperson for Diageo (the company that owns Guinness) said that they “hope[d] to have the new system up and running by late 2016 with the liquid on the shelves for consumers to buy soon after.” But it was only announced in April of this year that all kegs of Guinness are now guaranteed to be vegan. Initially they warned, that not all bottles and cans...

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Emma Watson Opts for Vegan Fashion Brands on Beauty & the Beast World Tour

Harry Potter star, Emma Watson, has been using the promotional tour of her most recent movie to show-off her ethical fashion choices. The actress has been on tour for the new Beauty & the Beast movie, of which she is the star, and has taken to instagram to express her appreciation for ethical fashion designers. She has chosen to wear a whole host of brands on her tour, including footwear from Susi Studio, a vegan brand who have partnered with Emma Watson’s fellow Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch. ‘Los Angeles­-based @susistudio design animal-free footwear using sustainable materials such as canvas, hemp,...

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Singapore Startup Develops Vegan Alternative That Tastes Like Meat

A start up in Singapore has developed a ‘meat’ that tastes just like chicken, but it is actually made from plants. Life3 Biotech are hoping that their invention will satisfy meat-eaters’ craving for chicken, whilst reducing the environmental impact of their meal. This innovative new product is likely to be called ‘Veego’, and the start up joins many others in the world currently seeking to answer the globe’s farming problems with meat-like alternatives. Founder of Life3, Ricky Lin is hoping to obtain $1.5 million SGD in order to start production of Veego. Lin expects to be able to produce...

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Third ‘Veggie Pret’ Set to Open in the UK This Year!

UK coffee shop chain, Pret A Manger, has announced that they will be opening a third ‘Veggie Pret’! The popular cafe took to Facebook this morning to tell customers that another store serving up only vegan and vegetarian options would be opening by the end of the year, however the location is currently unknown. Pret have already had success with their two current Veggie Pret’s, the first of which was supposed to be a temporary pop-up but was made permanent due to it’s popularity. The pop-up was opened in Soho in 2016 and exceeded expectations. Despite staff believing Veggie...

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Pizza Hut to Begin Offering Vegan Cheese!

Popular plant-based retailer, Coffee & Cheese, have announced that they’ve convinced Pizza Hut to trial vegan cheese, with a view to including it on their menu permanently. A selection of UK stores will use violife cheese on top of their pizzas for several weeks and demand will dictate whether the addition will be on their menu in the long term. If the Italian chain chooses to add vegan cheese to it’s menu, it would join the popular Zizzi which not only offers cheesy pizzas but boasts an entire vegan menu including Vegan Dessert Calzone! Many other smaller chains also...

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Pamela Anderson Pleas for Kim Kardashian to ‘Swear Off Fur’ in Open Letter

Pamela Anderson has published an open letter on her website addressed to Kim Kardashian trying to convince the reality star to ‘swea[r] off fur this winter.’ Anderson, who is well known for her affiliation with famous animal rights group PETA, believes that Kim would ‘be horrified’ by the conditions animals are kept in on fur farms. ‘Just last month,’ Anderson writes, ‘video footage from a fur farm in Poland revealed that foxes are being kept inside filthy, cramped, dark cages.’ Kim is often pictured wearing fur and has received a great deal of criticism from the public. Although many...

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Vegan Baileys Arrives in the UK This Month!

The eagerly anticipated arrival of Baileys Almande in the UK is now just two days away! Whole Foods announced earlier this week that the popular dairy-free liqueur will be arriving in stores on 18th September. Baileys is a popular drink in the UK, particularly around Christmas time, often appearing in festive coffees and hot chocolates. When the company announced last year that they were creating an almond milk, dairy-free version, there was a great deal of excitement. However, the original recipe contained beeswax and honey, making it unsuitable for vegans despite being dairy-free. Following what is described as a...

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100% Vegan Burger Chain Expands With Plans to Take Over a Church’s Chicken

Stories of plant-based fast food restaurants taking up residence in buildings previously used for traditional, meat-based fast food chains have hit the media lately. Plant Power Fast Food in San Diego have recently moved into what was once a Burger King, and vegetarian and organic drive thru, Amy’s, is set to fill a former Denny’s building. Plant-based success isn’t only limited to California, though. An all vegan restaurant in Texas will soon expand and in doing so will repurpose old Church’s Chicken sites. Earth Burger, which is Texas’ first ever plant-based fast food spot, have only been in business...

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Meat Company to Phase Out Animal Products In Favour of Vegetarian Food

Zwanenberg Food Group, a Dutch meat and snack manufacturer, have made the decision to produce less meat products and replace them with vegetarian alternatives. The food group, who are responsible for Kips and Zwan meat, will slowly phase out the meat products that they currently offer. Commenting on their decision, the CEO of Zwanenberg, Ronald Lotgerink, has said that this change is just in keeping with the times. ‘It is now quite normal for young people to not eat meat three days a week,’ he said. Zwanenberg’s announcement comes at a time when meat consumption is declining across Europe....

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Market Research Indicates 8.1% Rise in Vegan Food Sales Whilst Meat and Dairy Sales Drop

Data compiled by Nielsen, a leading market research company, has indicated that plant-based foods sales have risen 8.1% in the last 12 months. The data which included information from all outlets (including grocery stores, drug stores, military stores and mass merchandisers) has also shown that whilst plant-based products continue to rise in sales, animal products are seeing a decline. Overall food sales in the US have fallen by 0.2% this year, but that hasn’t stopped plant-based foods from selling. Dairy alternatives in particular have seen a huge amount of growth this year, with a 20% increase which amounted to...

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Leading Vegan Meat Brand Announces Expansion Across Europe

Popular UK based vegan food company VBites has announced it’s plans to distribute to an additional three countries in Europe. The brand, which currently exports to 18 countries, will appear in Hofer stores across Austria, Hungary and Slovenia. Their products are set to be stocked in hundreds of stores across the three countries and every household in Austria should expect to see a leaflet soon promoting VBites arrival in Hofer stores. VBites has been recognised as the UK’s most ethical vegetarian food supplier ten times. The brand only include 100% natural and plant-based ingredients in their products, and are...

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Business Insider Compares Chick-fil-A to America’s First 100% Veggie Drive Thru

Vegans don’t need to be told twice that plant-based junk food is delicious. Videos circulate the internet on a daily basis showing off just how amazing meat-free food can be, whether it’s burritos, burgers or cakes. But what about meat eaters? Is vegan junk food only good for people who are already used to a diet free from animal products? Or is it so good it will leave meat-eater’s wondering why they bother to consume meat? Recently Amy’s Drive Thru, the first all vegetarian and organic drive thru in America announced that it was expanding across California. The drive...

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Fashion Industry Studies Prove Animal Derived Materials Worst for Environment

Studies delving into the environmental impact of the fashion industry have uncovered some shocking statistics. Fast-fashion is often considered to have the biggest detrimental impact on the environment when it comes to the clothing industry. However, new studies suggest that animal-derived materials are actually causing the greatest amount of environmental destruction. One study named Pulse of the Fashion Industry found that, ‘3 of the 4 worst materials for the environment, per kilogram, are derived from animals.’ These materials included leather, silk and wool, with cotton being the only material in the top four not coming from animals. Taking the...

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Experts Claim Veganism is the Best Way to Combat Climate Change

Recently we learnt that veganism might just have the ability to save the world. The Oxford University study suggested that a worldwide vegan diet could save hundreds of billions in healthcare and reduce the globe’s carbon footprint by up to 70%. The numbers are pretty impressive, but what impact would it have on the economy and farming and how realistic is it to suggest the world go vegan? To help answer those questions, the team over at Vice asked three experts just what would happen if they entire of Britain were to go vegan. Professor Timothy Lang, Professor of...

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The Pork Industry Attempts to Publicly Discredit James Aspey and Vegan Activists

The meat industry is currently facing potentially troubling times. As the western world moves away from consuming large amounts of meat, many companies are taking precautions to ensure they aren’t left behind. Tyson, for example, have invested in Beyond Meat, the company responsible for the plant-based ‘burger that bleeds’. Similarly major meat packing company Cargill have invested in lab grown meat. Taking a different approach, Farm Journal’s Pork has decided to publish an annual review of the National Animal Rights Conference titled ‘Stuff Animal Rights Activists Say.’ The aim of the article is to shame animal rights activists and...

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Mars’ CEO Ignores Palm Oil Devastation With New Plans To Fight Climate Crisis

‘This is a critical moment,’ says CEO and President of Mars Grant F. Reid. ‘Never before has the responsibility been greater for business to step up and help create a healthy planet, and a healthy society.’ Mars, owners of some of the world’s most famous chocolate brands such as M&Ms and Skittles, have outlined their intention to reduce their carbon footprint. They have named it the ‘Sustainable in a Generation Plan’ which focuses on ‘three critical areas’: healthy planet; thriving people; and nourishing wellbeing. ‘We will reduce our environmental impact in line with what science says is necessary to...

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Quorn Forced to Change Packaging – But Is It Still Safe to Eat?

Popular meat alternative brand Quorn have recently received a court ruling which will change the way that they label their products in the US. The main ingredient in Quorn has come under fire from consumers, and Quorn could have to repay $2.5m to customers who feel they were misled by their current labelling. Mycoprotein is the predominant ingredient in all Quorn products, both vegetarian and vegan. It’s made by feeding a fungus, called Fusarium Venenatum, with oxygenated water and glucose while it is fermented. After being heat-treated, the product is then combined with other ingredients to create Quorn’s products....

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Vegan Yogurt Startup Receives Huge $2M Investment

Yofix, a dairy-free yogurt company who aim to reduce the environmental impact of non-dairy products, have raised a huge $2 million from investors. Yofix is an Israeli company however investors are from the UK, US and Israel. Unlike many non-dairy yogurts, Yofix’s products don’t contain stabilisers and thickeners such as guar gum or carrageenan. Instead Yofix uses a blend of oats, lentils, sunflower seeds, coconut and sesame seeds as a base for their yogurts. They have currently developed three flavours. In addition to ditching the stabilisers, Yofix has the added benefit of not producing huge amounts of waste. Soy...

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Zero Waste Week: Top Tips to Reduce Your Waste

This week has been Zero Waste Week! If you’ve been following our vlogs, you might have seen one or two tips about how to reduce your waste already. Zero Waste Week sets you the challenge of living without waste for a week, something that many people do all year around. The reason that it’s so important that we be mindful of the amount of waste that we’re creating, is because it has a huge impact on the environment, both in terms of CO2e emissions and the earth’s ecosystems. Every year, the world creates 2.12 billion tonnes of waste globally,...

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M&S Switch to RSPCA Assured Milk, But What Does It Really Mean?

Popular supermarket chain, Marks & Spencer (M&S), have announced that they will now only be stocking RSCPA assured milk. The aim of the RSPCA’s assurance scheme is to reduce the amount of animal welfare problems in the UK’s farming industry. According to Compassion in World Farming, the ‘scheme covers both indoor and outdoor rearing systems and ensures that greater space, bedding and enrichment materials are provided.’ Whilst this may seem like an improvement, animal rights activists have concerns over whether these sorts of labels on food are really enough. Although they may encourage farmers to stop certain practices on...

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Vegan Chocolate ‘Vego’ Bars are Heading to the USA and Canada

Creamy, sweet and oh so hazelnutty, Vego Bars are a thing of wonder to vegans in the UK. It’s like someone has taken Nutella, turned it into a chocolate bar, made it vegan and somehow made it even better. Unfortunately this tasty treat has only been available to the lucky people of Britain. But now, Vego are expanding. Announcing last week that their products are available in France, and yesterday they made the huge announcement that their delicious bars are heading over the Atlantic the USA and Canada. The brand are encouraging Americans and Canadians to talk to their...

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The Independent Discusses Veganism And Carnism with Dr. Melanie Joy

Veganism just can’t seem to stay out of headlines recently, particularly in the UK. In the last week alone, Jeremy Corbyn’s eating habits have been put under the microscope, Ben & Jerry’s have announced their vegan arrival in the UK and The Guardian have taken it upon themselves to applaud the vegan community. This time, The Independent are talking veganism, or more rather the opposite, carnism. Dr Melanie Joy, author of Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows, uses the term carnism to explain why so many people will happily eat meat, whilst still caring about pets....

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The Guardian Announces Its Stance Is Pro Vegan And Praises Jeremy Corbyn

Last night The Guardian published an editorial detailing their ‘view on veganism’ and it seems to be that The Guardian view it very favourably. This comes after a string of recent Guardian articles addressing different vegan issues such as vegan makeup, vegan junk food and on the go vegan options. The editorial spoke of Jeremy Corbyn’s comments at a Lush event, where he’s aid that he was ‘going through the process’ of becoming vegan. A spokesperson claimed that the audience had misunderstood Corbyn’s comments ‘as if fearful of a backlash’ says the Guardian, noting that ‘the Labour leader was...

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Vegan Ben & Jerry’s to Hit UK Stores This Month!

Ben & Jerry’s have finally revealed when their Non-Dairy ice cream will become available in the UK and it’s this month! The famous ice cream brand launched their Non-Dairy range in the US last year, and had announced over the summer that they planned to bring the range to the UK. However, they didn’t give a release date or reveal which flavours were going to be available. Metro have reported that the delicious dairy free options will be available in ‘most supermarkets by the end of this month,’ which means Ben & Jerry’s lovers have a maximum of 24...

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Vegan Cocktail Bar Opens at New Location After Moby Investment

Last night, Ladybird opened it’s doors at 111 East 7th Street for the first time. The cocktail bar, owned by Ravi DeRossi, has recently moved from Greenwich village. Last year restaurateur De Rossi set himself the goal of converting all of his 15 business to being completely plant-based. Now he’s brought well known singer-songwriter and animal rights activist, Moby, on board as an investor for Ladybird. Moby has been a keen investor for plant-based businesses in recent years, having invested in Little Pine in L.A. “I’ve been vegan for 30 years, and promoting animal rights is my life’s work,”...

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PETA Launches 2017 Great Vegan Bake-Off

The first episode of the eagerly awaited Channel 4 Great British Bake Off (GBBO) aired last week, and it provided Britain with a sufficient amount of concerns over Mel and Sue’s replacements. Despite the fact that Sandi Toksvig is a much loved British comedian, the combination of her and a very reserved Noel Fielding has certainly made the British public skeptical over how successful this new show will be. For vegan viewers, the disappointments are even greater. Even though you know full well you can knock up a cake shaped like a champagne bucket and without the eggs and...

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5 Helpful Tips for Transitioning-Vegan Jeremy Corbyn

The UK is waking up to a big question this morning: is Jeremy Corbyn going vegan? Whilst his talk at Lush yesterday is currently being discredited by his aides, a much more important issue is being ignored. If Jeremy really is in the process of going vegan, then how can people help him make that next step? After all going vegan is a tricky journey for a lot of people, with many obstacles to overcome. To help Corbyn make the leap, we answered some of the questions we thought the Labour leader might be having about following a vegan...

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Jeremy Corbyn Announces He Is In The Process of Becoming Vegan!

Today Jeremy Corbyn spoke at an event hosted by the environmentally friendly cosmetics brand Lush. The brand is well known for providing a whole host of soaps, bath bombs and hair products that are suitable for vegans as well as kind to the environment. Corbyn announced at the event that he is in the process of becoming a vegan, after following a vegetarian diet for many years. The comment came after someone asked him the question as to when he was going to ‘make the logical next step into veganism.’ ‘It’s a fair question,’ Corbyn responded, ‘I eat more...

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Environmentally Conscious Online Store Releases Single Ingredient Plant Milk

Thrive Market, who describe themselves as an ‘online retailer offering thousands of the best-selling healthy, natural products from your favorite brands at wholesale prices,’ are a forward thinking company that allows people to eat healthy food for reasonable prices. Now, the online store have decided that they want to bring out their own single ingredient plant milks to offer on their site. Gunnar Lovelace, founder and co-CEO of Thrive, has said that they want to really push breakfast items claiming that ‘[t]he American breakfast is a really important place for us to talk about and work on processed foods...

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Why Your Doctor Won’t Support Your Decision to Go Vegan

The internet is awash with positive information about plant-based diets. They lower your cholesterol, and reduce your chances of developing heart disease, some cancers and type 2 diabetes, they may even help you lose weight. So why is it that you doctor may be a little sceptical about the very diet it sounds like they should be promoting? The truth is, doctors have very little training in nutrition, with just a few hours dedicated to it through their medical schooling. Just like the public, the information that doctors have on nutrition come from widely spread myths that encourage people...

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Natalie Portman’s New Film ‘Eating Animals’ Debuts at the Telluride Film Festival

Natalie Portman’s new film ‘Eating Animals’ had its World Premiere at the Telluride Film Festival. Natalie narrated and produced the documentary which was screened at the 44th festival in Colorado this weekend. Based on the New York Times bestselling book by Jonathan Safran Foer, who co-wrote the film with its Director Christopher Dillon Quinn, the documentary takes a graphic look at the realities of modern day factory farming and the methods used to mass produce cheap meat, dairy and eggs. After reading the book, Natalie herself went vegan and has publicly spoken out about the benefits of her vegan lifestyle. After contacting...

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Vevolution Festival 2017: The Vegan Event That’s Not Just for Vegans

This year, Vevolution Festival is back and it’s looking pretty good! The event, which has previously been described as vegan TED talks, is set to feature some big names such as Nathan Runkle, founder of Mercy for Animals, and Made in Chelsea star Lucy Watson. The best part about Vevolution? It’s not just for vegans. The pair behind one of the most anticipated vegan events of the year are Damien Clarkson and Judy Nadel. Damien, vegan of 4.5 years, and Judy, vegan for 2 years and 8 months loved the number of vegan events popping up all over London, but...

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What’s Zero Waste Week Got to Do With Being Vegan?

Lauren Singer, the woman behind Trash is for Tossers, released a video earlier this year showing the world all of her trash from the last four years. Why would she do that? Well, because it all fits into a single mason jar! With Zero Waste Week upon us, it might seem sensible to look to bloggers like Singer for some inspiration. The blogger and youtube star aims to live a waste-free lifestyle and so opts for packaging free items whenever she can, when she has to buy packaging she makes sure it’s recyclable and compostable. It might sound like...

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Meat Free Fast Food Chain Expanding Across The USA

Amy’s Drive Thru in California isn’t just another burger and fries fast-food spot. For the past two years, this drive thru has been offering weary travellers vegetarian, organic and gluten free ‘junk’ food. Amy’s was the first ever American drive thru to offer only vegetarian and organic food. The great news is, it’s doing really well. So well in fact that it has plans to not only open a second location, but an additional 6 drive thru are expected to pop up in California during the course of 2018. Amy’s second drive thru will take the place of a...

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Vegan Muslims Campaign for an End to Slaughter During Eid al-Adha

Eid al-Adha is currently being celebrated by Muslims across the world. The festival, which is the second Eid festival of the year, is a celebration of Ibrahim’s devotion to God. In the Qu’ran it is said that Ibrahim was asked by God to sacrifice his only son, although Satan attempted to stop him from carrying out the task, he remained steadfast. At the last minute, Ibrahim was stopped from sacrificing his son, although this part of the story is told in several different ways. Eid al-Adha is also known as ‘the feast of sacrifice’. During the festival, which lasts...

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NFL Player’s Plant-Based Diet is Encouraging Teammates to Ditch Meat

Baltimore Ravens NFL player, Griff Whalen, has been vegan for four years. Whalen originally went vegan thanks to a documentary and intended on just trying it out for four weeks. However, he quickly felt that it was improving his physical performance claiming that he ‘felt so much lighter.’ ‘My joints felt smoother, everything felt better. I could run and breathe easier.’ says Whalen. Because of the way his new diet made him feel, he started to look into just how possible it would be to continue this diet long term, and decided to stick to it. Feeling lighter and...

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Vegans Help Increase Expected Consumption of Chia Seeds To 100 Billion Tonnes!

Superfood trends have been coming and going for several years now. More often than not these foods are plant-based whole foods that are high in nutrients for very few calories. One of these has been chia seeds, which now appear in many ‘healthy’ recipes both vegan and non-vegan. Chia pudding is a particularly popular meal for a grab and go breakfast and is even available from chain stores. Thanks to the rising chia trend, farmers like John Foss, founder of The Chia Company, were keen to change their farms from growing other crops to growing chia. Foss used to...

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Shambala Festival Goes from Meat Free to Serving Squirrels on Skewers

Described by The Guardian as ‘a hippy sort of place,’ Shambala Music Festival is well known for it’s Meat-and-Fish-Free policy. All their food outlets are vegetarian, and they have a great deal on offer for vegans too. However, this year’s event caused quite a stir as it saw people eating squirrel skewers and cricket brownies. Author of The Ethical Carnivore, Louise Gray, was one of the speakers at the festival, and she suggests that the consumption of insects, and ‘pest’ animals such as the grey squirrel is ethical. Her book documents her year eating only animals that she herself...

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Forbes Publishes Expert’s Claim that Plant-Based Diets are ‘Among the Healthiest Out There’

Last month, well respected business magazine, Forbes, published an answer from the website Quora, leading them to make the claim that ‘plant-based diets are among the healthiest out there’. Cher Pastore responded to a question on Quora, a website that aims to better inform people by contributions from other members of the Quora community, and suggested that a plant-based diet was best for health. Pastore is the owner of Cher Nutrition, a New York based company who employs registered dieticians and nutritionists to give nutrition advice. Pastore claims that ‘studies have shown… a low-fat, plant-derived diet’ is good for...

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Florida College Launches Plant-Based Culinary Program

McFatter Technical College in Florida has recently begun its first ever plant-based culinary course this August, that the program’s creator believes might be the first of it’s kind in the state. Chef Patti Lang, who has previously worked in the college’s School of Culinary Arts believes that this course reflects the rising trend of veganism across the country saying, ‘[v]egan and vegetarian lifestyles are growing in popularity as the public becomes aware of various health issues which can be prevented or improved by consuming a plant-based diet.’ Students who take the sixth month cause will do so in two...

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Crushed Beetles In Your Lipstick? Why Vegan Make-Up the Next Big Thing

Vegan food products have been making headlines a lot recently, from ‘bleeding’ burgers to ‘cheesy’ pizzas, but is vegan makeup the next big thing? Makeup is not something that immediately comes to mind when talking about veganism or vegetarianism, most people are concerned with diet. But some cosmetics companies still test on animals, which doesn’t fit in with the vegan ethos. Cruelty free products have been on the public’s radar for some time, however, there are also a lot of animal products hiding in cosmetics. For example, beeswax, animal fat and even crushed beetles. As Guardian journalist, Emine Saner,...

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Former Manchester United Player Goes Zero Waste Vegan

Richard Eckersley, a former Manchester United player, is now the owner of Earth.Food.Love, a zero waste supermarket in Totnes, Devon. Eckersley set up the shop with wife Nicola after giving up his football career last year at only 28 years old. Eckersley gave up his career with the premier league team after his daughter’s birth prompted him to consider the impact that he was having on the world around him. Eckersley’s environmentalism doesn’t just extend to packaging, he has also become vegan. Eckersley says, ‘[w]e have a 15-month-old daughter, Willow, and I have woken up and become vegan. I...

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Luxury Hotel Chain Launches Menu With 25 Delicious Vegan Dishes

This week, the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita announced a very exciting culinary partnership. The five-star luxury resort will be going into business with Leslie Durso, a popular vegan chef. The resort, in Mexico, will work with the chef to start offering a wider range of healthy, plant-based options on their menu. The resort will now offer an additional 25 dishes all designed by Durso. Punta Mita want to concentrate on healthy food that is made from fresh, local ingredients and the new options will appear at three of the resort’s restaurants. General Manager at the Four Seasons destination, John...

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Is the ‘Impossible Burger’ the Answer to Asia’s Food Problems?

Could a veggie burger be the answer to Asia’s protein problem? Many regions of Asia are currently facing a problem. They have huge populations to feed and hardly any agriculture land. China, for example, is home to 1.3 billion people, just over 17% of the world’s total population, and yet they only have 7% of the world’s arable land. At the same time, all across Asia people are becoming more and more inclined to choose western style meals. This means that there’s an increased interest in meat and dairy, despite the fact that plant-based foods require less land for...

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Melbourne to Host Monthly Vegan Mini Market!

Australia’s vegan movement has been picking up pace for some time now, with plant-based eateries popping up all over the country. What’s more, they’re proving to be a huge success! Thanks to Aussie’s new found love for vegan food, Melbourne will now be home to a Mini Vegan Market every single month! The market will pop up every first Saturday as of 2nd September in different places around the city. The first location will be Abbotsford Convent and the market will be open from 8am. Even the first event is promising to be exciting, with the market undoubtedly featuring...

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Waka Flocka Claims Vegan Diet Helped Him Shift the Extra Pounds

Vegan since 2014, Waka Flocka Flame has attributed ditching the animal products to a reduction in his waistline. Fame made the star’s weight difficult to maintain and he found himself putting on weight rapidly. ‘I was fat.’ says the star, ‘I had stretch marks… I just got tired of it.’ So he made the decision to cut out animal products from his diet and it seems it was the best decision he ever made. Thanks to the positive effect that his new diet had on his health, he decided to stick to it for good. It wasn’t just the...

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University Campus in Washington State Introduces 100% Plant-Based Food Station

Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA made an exciting announcement earlier this week which will leave all vegan and health conscious students excited to return to campus to start the new semester. Cataldo Dining Hall will now be home to a fully plant-based food station ‘Zagriculture’. Zagriculture has always been a completely vegetarian station, but it has made the decision to remove all animal products from the menu and go fully vegan. Not only that but vegan options will be available all round the food hall at different stations. The university newspaper asked Sodexo, the food service company operating on...

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Plant-Based Start-Up Aims to Bring Frozen Meal Kits to US Stores

Zoe Lloyds, budding entrepreneur and CEO of Zoni Foods, is looking to make being healthier much easier. Lloyd, along with fellow Yale student Nilofer Ahmed, came up with the idea to provide no fuss, no mess, plant-based meal kits that everyone can afford and enjoy. Lloyd and Ahmed were inspired by the popularity of fresh food kits delivered to people’s doors. These kits provide the customer with fresh ingredients, all measured out, and recipes so that you can knock up a delicious, healthy meal in your own home without having to take a trip to the store. The downfall...

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10 Recipes to Help You Celebrate Banana Lovers Day!

Happy Banana Lovers Day! Yep, that’s right, the 27th August is the day we celebrate the humble banana, and in the spirit of this occasion we’ve put together a list of some pretty amazing banana based recipes to try your hand at today. Whether you’re a beginner in banana-based cuisine or a novice there’s something here for everyone. 10 Recipes to Help You Celebrate Banana Lovers Day Banana & Strawberry Nice-Cream A staple for many vegans but still a mystery to some. Nice-cream is the creation that allows you to eat ice-cream for every meal! Simply freeze some bananas...

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University Professor Claims Plant-Based Milks Threaten Children’s IQs, is This Accurate?

Research conducted at Surrey University has found that cow’s milk has much greater iodine levels than plant-based milks. As such, it has prompted Margaret Rayman, a professor at the university, to suggest that consuming plant-based milks throughout pregnancy is putting the future IQ of your child at risk. ‘The developing brain needs iodine,’ she says ‘it is required for thyroid hormones.’ Whilst it may be true that plant-based milks have lower levels of iodine than cow’s milk, the idea that the consumption of plant-based milks may lead to children with lower IQs is not quite that simple. For starters,...

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By 2022 USA Will No Longer Be the World’s Largest Dairy Consumer

The USA are currently the world leaders in the amount of dairy consumed per country. However, in 2022 this will no longer be the case, with China overtaking them. The decline in the US’ consumption of milk is put down to an increasing concern over the negative health consequences of dairy. This is particularly the case for flavoured milks, where the sugar content is quite high. Although this might seem like good news for American advocates of a plant-based diet, especially as the news comes at a time where plant-based alternatives are on the rise, China’s increased appetite for...

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First Lab Grown ‘Leather’ Garment to Hit the Catwalk This October

American company Modern Meadow hopes that it will be able to put lab grown ‘leather’ on the market in just two years time. Having raised a massive $50 million from investors, Modern Meadow is now able to take the leather substitute from the developmental stages into production trials. There are a number of advantages to lab grown leather, one of them being that no animals are harmed in the making of the product. Modern Meadow’s invention is actually grown from a strain of yeast. The yeast is genetically modified to replicate bovine collagen, the main protein found in animal’s...

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Why Are Global Meatpackers Like Tyson Expanding If Veganism Is Growing?

Current predictions estimate that by 2050 the world’s population will be just under 10 billion. According to a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report, during this time the average amount of meat consumed by individuals on earth will increase. These numbers might be the reason that two of America’s major meat producers are expanding their facilities. This week Tyson and Foster Farms have both announced that they are investing money in order to expand their facilities to become more economically efficient. This will allow them to produce a greater amount of produce, whilst keeping the prices down for consumers....

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Major UK Newspaper Encourages Readers to ‘Go Vegan!’

Today’s issue of The Daily Telegraph (26th August) had a very important question for people of the UK, asking ‘Time to go vegan?’ on the front page. Thankfully, so they didn’t force you to think too much over your lazy Saturday breakfast they gave an answer on the front of the Saturday section: ‘Go vegan!’ The popular British newspaper features an article by Diana Henry, winner of the the Cookery Book Writer of the Year award, who discusses just how much veganism has been rising in popularity in the UK recently. Supermarkets in the UK have caught onto this...

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Humane Society of the United States Announces Partnership with Major Food Service

A huge accomplishment for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) today as they have announced their partnership with Aramark, a leading food service provider in the US. HSUS, who are ‘leading the way to a better future for all animals‘ will provide training for Aramark in creating plant-based dishes so that they can offer a wider choice to their consumers. Aramark, who provide a food service to healthcare, education a business facilities, are already on track to a plant-based future, with 30 percent of their current dishes being vegan or vegetarian. This is thanks the commitment they...

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Will Morrissey’s New Politically Charged Album Explore Veganism?

Long-time vegetarian and recent vegan convert, Morrissey, will release his first album in three years this November. The singer-songwriter is well known for letting his political views shine through in his music, and this album will be no exception. The new album is described by music group BMG as ‘capturing the zeitgeist of an ever changing world’, Morrissey fans wait with bated breath to see what his new album will bring. Morrissey is a well known animal rights activists, in 1985 Morrissey’s band The Smiths released an album titled Meat is Murder. The title track of the album is...

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Public Outrage At Fire Fighters Who Ate Rescued Piglets… But What’s The Big Deal?

Firefighters eating barbecued sausages have sparked public outrage this week as the sausages were made from piglets that the same firefighters saved six months earlier. Pewsey fire team in Wiltshire rescued the litter of piglets from a barn fire on Rachel Rivers’ farm. Rivers sent the sausages to the team as a thank you for saving her piglets. Rivers commented that ‘[she’s] sure vegetarians will hate this,’ but it seems it’s not just vegetarians that are disgruntled. Consuming the same animals that you were responsible for saving may seem a little cold and callous, but is it any different to...

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Major Australian Dairy Supplier Experiences Huge 22% Drop in Sales

A major Australian dairy supplier has announced that they’ve experienced a huge 22 percent drop in milk sales in just the last year. Murray Goulburn, who are responsible for big Australian brands such as Devondale and Liddell, reported that sales had decreased to 2.7 billion litres, down from nearly 3.5 billion last year, and the trend is expected to continue. As a result the supplier has had to discontinue products such as their infant formula and are currently shutting down three of their facilities which will result in approximately 360 people losing their jobs. Many brands have left the supplier, due to financial reasons, and have moved over to rival supplier Fonterra. Fonterra and Murray Goulborn are now neck and neck in terms of milk production. Murray Goulburn have attributed their need to pay farmers lower prices for their milk than other producers to economic and political changes. However, there is evidence to suggest that there is an increase in the popularity of dairy alternatives and plant-based diets in Australia. In 2016, google search data suggested that Australians were more curious about veganism than anyone else in the world. It has even been speculated that Melbourne may soon be considered ‘vegan capital of the world.’ Health concerns in Australia seem to be the main driving force behind veganism, and as more scientific investigations take place, more evidence is emerging around...

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Cheesy Vegan Pizzas Hit The Shelves Of 150 UK Stores This Month!

UK wide supermarket Sainsbury’s has announced that they will begin stocking ready made vegan pizza on Sunday 27th August! Recently, the popular supermarket chain has seen a huge growth in the number of ‘free from’ and vegan friendly products that it stocks, and White Rabbit Pizza is their latest addition. Last year Sainsbury’s made news when they released what was then the ‘widest range of supermarket own brand cheese-alternatives [in] the UK’. Affectionately know as ‘Gary’ after a customer complaint about dairy free cheese not really being ‘cheese’, the selection proved a huge success. Recent additions to their free...

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Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Major Meat Packers Invest Millions In Lab Grown Meat

Memphis Meats, an alternative meat startup, has recently finished a round of fundraising and they gained support from some big names. Major meat packer, Cargill was one of the contributors to the $17 million that the company obtained. Alongside Cargill, Bill Gates and Richard Branson also chose to invest in the company. Memphis Meats are currently working on lab grown meats. This meat is grown in tanks from the cells of the animals that the meat traditionally comes from. These cells are then fed nutrients in order to grow muscle tissue which will then be consumed as meat. Although...

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Ben & Jerry’s Want YOU To Create Their Next Big Vegan Flavour!

Ben & Jerry’s are well known for their outlandish flavours. A quick trip to their ‘flavor graveyard’ and you’ll see a whole host of concoctions that have been axed included ‘Schweddy Balls’ and ‘Economic Crunch’. But this time they’re putting the power in your hands! Ben & Jerry’s a looking to launch a brand new dairy free flavour and they’re asking you to submit your suggestions! The possibilities for your proposals are pretty much endless, if you can make it dairy free then it’s fair game. The new flavour will accompany the seven existing dairy-free options that include ‘Coffee...

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Vegan “Burger that Bleeds” Now Available at Whole Foods Restaurant

A successful Oregon based burger joint is making its way into a Seattle Whole Foods at the end of the week. The completely vegan Next Level Burger, will open a burger bar at the front of the Roosevelt Whole Foods store and will be open 11am – 10pm for everyone to get their veggie burger fix! Next Level Burger (NLB) doesn’t just serve veggie burgers, they also serve hotdogs, dairy free shakes and alcohol! Being vegan, NLB include plenty of options for people who are lactose intolerant and also cater to gluten free diets. To make it extra good...

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Vegan Cooking Show Could Be Headed For Mainstream TV Screens!

The UK could see it’s first ever fully vegan cooking show! The three women behind ‘Just Good Food’ have recently been raising money so that they are able to film ‘not just a pilot, but an AMAZING pilot‘, and with 5 days left on their crowdfunder, they’ve gone over their £4000 target by more than £300! If the pilot is successful, the star of the new TV show will be vegan chef, Day Radley. Radley, who has been vegan for over 21 years, already has a website where she shares tons of her tasty recipes! Now she wants to...

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Veggie Star Natalie Portman to Receive Environmental Award At Event Hosted by Jaden Smith

At the 27th Annual Environmental Media Association (EMA) awards, Natalie Portman will be presented with the ‘Ongoing Commitment Award’ for all that she does to work towards a more environmentally friendly planet. Fellow vegan, Jaden Smith, will host the awards that will take place on the 27th September. Having been vegetarian for 20 years, Portman made the move over to veganism after reading Jonathan Safran Foer’s book ‘Eating Animals.’ Recently Portman has been involved in producing and narrating a documentary based on Foer’s book and of the same name. Portman believes that going vegan is important for the environment...

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Vegan with IBS? How to Survive on a Low FODMAP Plant-Based Diet

Some people have a whole host of dietary requirements due to medical conditions, allergies and intolerances. But what if you were already restricted and then you wanted to go vegan? For people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) looking to switch to a plant-based diet, this is the case and it presents quite a challenge. People who have IBS are often recommended to follow a low FODMAP diet which means eliminating all things that fall under the FODMAP spectrum. Many people are concerned that if they follow a vegan low FODMAP diet there will be nothing left to eat! What...

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5 Times Being a New Vegan Was Tough and How to Stay Positive

Going vegan can be a daunting prospect. Despite the increase in product availability, and the number of people choosing a vegan diet, society is still ultimately non-vegan and the vast majority of people eat meat, eggs and dairy. Navigating a world full of meat-eaters can feel quite alienating at times, but there are things you can do to make your transition just a little easier. Here are some tips for common situations that new vegans might find difficult! 5 Times Being a New Vegan Was Tough and How to Stay Positive Watching Other People Eat Meat After you’ve switched...

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Tesla Inspired Startup Create Food To Save The Planet

Ida Högberg and Rebecka Carlsson, the two wonderful women behind Sweden’s new start up ‘Gigafood.’ As the name suggests, their thing is food, but not just any food, food that’s good for you and good for the environment. The pair, who have a very diverse working background, say they take their inspiration from Donald Trump and Elon Musk, an unlikely pairing. Elon Musk is the architect behind Tesla’s cars and Höberg and Carlsson are keen to create the same kind of buzz about their own project; ‘There is this perception that sustainable products are boring. But Tesla showed that...

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5 Easy Steps to Conquer The Most Serious Cheese Addictions!

Ever been eating a pizza, known that you were full 2 slices ago but still finish off the lot? You’re not alone. It’s a well documented fact that cheese contains addictive properties. As it digests, it releases casomorphins, which are a mild opiate, into the body and that’s why when you eat something cheesy you just can’t stop eating it. Giving up cheese can be tough, and for people transitioning to a plant-based diet or diet lower in animal products, cheese can be the biggest hurdle. However, there are plenty of vegans out there to prove that you can...

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Can Plant-Based Diets Ever Really Be Low Carb?

As scientists begin to further understand the role that food plays in the healthy functioning of our bodies, there has been a growing interest in macronutrients. Macronutrients are what most people understand as ‘food groups’; protein, fat and carbohydrate. One diet that has gained popularity recently is a vegan or plant-based diet. Many people swear by it for improved health and often weight loss. Certainly a whole foods plant based (WFPB) diet is scientifically proven to promote good health. Many people choose to follow a vegan diet that they claim to be high carb, high protein or high fat....

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UK’s First Kebab Style Vegan Take Away A Hit in Manchester

The UK’s first fully vegan ‘kebab style’ takeaway has opened it’s doors in Manchester, taking the place of a former kebab shop in Chorlton. Richard Gordon, manager of Zad’s, the new late night stop for Mancunian vegans, has said he’s aiming his venture at the ‘ethical generation’ so that they can enjoy a good take away without comprising on their morals. A vegan himself, Gordon feels strongly about the lack of fast food choice for vegans, ‘[w]ith the endless number of ‘traditional’ grease-laden takeaways lining our streets, it seemed obvious that something new was needed,’ says Gordon. His menu...

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America’s 5 Favourite Vegan Brands As Revealed By Veganuary!

As vegan choices in supermarkets continue to grow, consumers are no longer stuck with one brand for each type of product. Veganuary, a not for profit initiative that encourages people to try veganism for the month of January, asked the vegan public just who their favourite brands were. This not only gives good quality vegan brands the attention they deserve, but can serve as a guide to the veg-curious who are a little intimidated by the sheer choice of products, and a little scared about what they might taste like.  So, without further ado, here are the results! America’s...

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Stray Dogs in India Dyed Blue Due to Polluted Waterways

Pollution concerns have been raised in a suburb of Mumbai after a lot of stray dogs have been pictured with their fur dyed blue. It’s believed that nearby factories, who produce coloured dyes, have been dumping untreated waste into the Kasadi river. Dogs go here to bathe, get cool and look for food and this is why they are turning blue. Unsurprisingly, this has led to health problems in some of the stray dogs, with one having to be treated for an eye infection. Stray dogs are a huge problem for citizens of India, there is in fact one...

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Is Bill Nye The “Science Guy” Becoming Bill Nye The “Vegan Guy”?

Bill Nye the “Science Guy”, known by all, loved by all, but could he actually be Bill Nye the “Vegan Guy”? During an episode of Big Think earlier this year, a young, Scottish girl had some important questions for Nye about animal agriculture, the environment and veganism. It seems that the issue of greenhouse gas emissions from animal agriculture wasn’t new to Nye and he claimed that his diet was becoming increasingly vegetarian. Nye acknowledged in the video that committing to a fully plant-based diet ‘might be tricky for a lot of people, however seems like a good idea.’...

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Top 10 Kids’ Films To Teach Your Children About Veganism

Introducing the topic of veganism to children might be a struggle for some parents. Although there is plenty of information out for adults, a lot of it is too distressing for children. With that in mind, here’s a list of films to help you introduce children to veganism, without giving them nightmares. (Disclaimer: we can’t actually promise there won’t be any nightmares. Cruella De Vil is terrifying.) Top 10 Kids Films To Teach Your Children About Veganism Okja (2017) A true netflix masterpiece, this film will have you in tears whether you’re an adult, child, vegan or meat eater....

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102 Year Old Former Surgeon Shares Secret To Avoiding Heart Disease

Former heart surgeon, Dr Ellsworth Wareham, only retired 7 years ago, but unlike many recently retired doctors he’s going to be 103 in just 3 months time! In 2013, when he was but a young lad of 98, he was interviewed by Veggie Channel, and shared his secret to a long and healthy life which he believes is a vegan diet. The heart expert, who has been completely vegan around half his life, thinks that veganism is the key to ending the coronary heart disease epidemic in the US. Wareham has never enjoyed animal products, despite the fact that...

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Is Society Finally Ready to Accept Veganism?

Vegans have long been associated with a way of life completely separate to the ‘norm’. The word ‘hippy’ is often bandied about in talks of veganism alongside ‘alfafa sprouts’ and ‘patchouli’. Those who are vegan know that this image is far from the truth for many vegans. Often with average jobs, eating burgers and watching TOWIE, vegans walk amongst the crowd unnoticed until you ask them if they want milk in their tea. But is society becoming more accepting of veganism? Last year Sainsbury’s made the announcement that their vegan cheese range, sometimes known as Gary, outperformed expectations by...

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Vegan Game of Thrones Star Peter Dinklage Tells Fans To Stop Buying Huskies

Game of Thrones actor, Peter Dinklage, has asked people to think twice before buying huskies after the number of abandoned ‘wolf like’ dogs is 800% higher than it was in 2011 before Game of Thrones started. Animal charity Blue Cross have reported that before 2011 around 10 huskies were abandoned a year and this has now risen to 81. Huskies need a lot of exercise and when owners can’t keep up with their demands they tend to get restless. ‘Huskies are very beautiful dogs, but they do need experienced owners with lots of time to devote to them’ says...

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Bon Jovi’s Clothes Line ‘Hart N Dagger’ Ditches Leather Thanks to PETA

Animal rights group, PETA, have been in contact with Jon Bon Jovi about his clothing line, Hart N Dagger. The luxury brand, which sell t-shirts, jumpers, jeans an accessories, have been using a leather patch on the back of their jeans. However, thanks to PETA Bon Jovi has agreed to start using faux, vegan leather and replace any other animal skin with vegan alternatives. The group attribute their success in convincing Bon Jovi to educating the musician about slaughterhouse and farming processes for cows that are used for leather. Although Bon Jovi will start using high quality vegan leather...

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Prime Time BBC Show ‘Countryfile’ Discusses Ethics of Dairy Farming

In an episode of Countryfile, aired on the BBC on Sunday 13th August, Tom Heap met with dairy farmers in England to discuss the role of bull calves on dairy farms. Heap claims that the dairy industry in Britain is currently ‘under the spotlight’ following a recent ruling from the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA). ASA found that vegan advertising group, Go Vegan World, were not misleading the public when one of their adverts claimed that ‘HUMANE MILK IS A MYTH’. One of the issues vegan groups have with dairy farming is the killing of dairy bull calves. Due to...

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A Plant-Based Ice Cream Push Pops Vending Machine is Coming to Portland!

Proclaimed the vegan haven of the north west coast, Portland is known for it’s quirky food stalls and bars. Now the city is home to a vegan venture that could spread across the states, Portland presents the vegan push pop! Created by Emily Krause, founder of Dreamboat Coconut, these ice cream pops are a delicious combination of fruit, vegetables and coconut cream and the flavours available are far from boring. Krause began her Dreamboat Coconut by making coconut yoghurt. The product was a huge hit amongst local vegans, some of whom decided to try and freeze the creamy dairy...

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Amazing Teen Redditor Writes Vegan Cookbook And Donates All Money to Animals

A 16 year old boy, who goes by the name ‘Fruity Simon’, has completed a task most adults would wince at, he’s written an entire e-book by himself! The book, which is about his journey to veganism and includes a lot of recipes, is currently on sale via his blog. But, not satisfied with simply encouraging others to be vegan, he’s decided to donate all the profits of his e-book to Mercy for Animals, an animal rights organisation. Banana nicecream made of ripe bananas, cocoa powder and hemp protein? that’s it, all the ingredients!!? If you want to know...

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Taiwanese Board Game ‘Run, Animals Run!’ Puts Humans Into The Role of Animals

Prominent taiwanese animal activist group ‘Zoo of Depression’ has created a board game based around endangered animals, but it has an interesting twist. The group who have create the game, ‘Run Animals, Run!’, are well known for their ‘existential animal characterisations and illustrations’. It’s unsurprising then that the game sees players take on the role of endangered animals who have to try and escape from human destruction. Each player gets to choose between four Taiwanese animals; a leopard cat, black bear, tree frog or fairy pitta bird. During the course of the game, players have little control over the...

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Plant Based Ice Cream Market To Hit A Cool $1 Billion By 2027!

The plant-based ice cream market is set to grow nearly 10% annually over the next 10 years. A market analysis has concluded that the most prominent segment of the plant-based ice cream market will be cups and tubs. Already worth $292 million, the projected value of this sector of the ice cream industry is a huge $700 million. This is unsurprising as even large companies, such as Ben & Jerry’s who prominently use dairy in their ice creams are introducing plant-based ranges. There are also a whole host of options on the market that come from purely plant-based brands....

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German International School in India Declares Itself Vegan

In southern India the German International School Chennai (GISC) has declared itself a completely vegan school. First opened in 2009 the school was recently awarded the ‘Compassionate School’ by PETA India for incorporating compassion, empathy and healthy eating habits into the curriculum. The German International school will be serving students a plant based breakfast, lunch and dinner. They make their own mock meat, produce vegan cheese from cashews, and bake their own bread. They have designed meals to ensure that all nutritional requirements are met, by substituting animal products with protein-rich food such as quinoa, lentils, seitan, beans and hemp seeds. The school...

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See Ya McDonalds! Why Vegan Fast Food Companies Attract World’s Biggest Investors

Household fast food names could soon be a thing of the past thanks to the funding of plant-based alternatives from some of the world’s biggest investors. The plant-based food scene is changing rapidly, no longer are vegans thought to eat nothing but lettuce and lentils, the plant-based burger revolution has arrived. What’s more, big investors are excited about it. Recently, Beyond Meat’s burger, otherwise known as ‘the burger that bleeds’ accomplished something huge when they struck a deal with stores owned by Kroger, that means their burger will be stocked in 605 stores across the US. Beyond have seen...

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5 Ways The Movie Okja Mimics Real Life

When Netflix released Okja it got a lot of media attention. Many people even took to social media to declare themselves vegan after watching it. It’s unsurprising as Okja depicts humans being awful to the animals that they will eventually eat. The tale of the super pig who won the heart of a young Korean girl, Mija, seems to be having a big impact on people. So how true to real life is Okja? The World Has a Food Problem ‘The world’s population is at 7 billion, 805 million human beings struggle with hunger every day, including 30 million...

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This is Why Veganism Isn’t Just a ‘White Thing’

One of the main criticisms of a plant-based diet is that it’s for the privileged, more specifically privileged white people. This has led to the alienation of other races within the vegan movement, who believe that veganism is a ‘white thing’. Certainly there is some ignorance surrounding how easy it is for non-white cultures to adopt a vegan diet, and a lot of the information around transitioning to veganism out there is talking to white people, whether it’s intentional or not. However, it doesn’t have to be this way, everyone deserves their own space in the vegan movement. What’s...

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Hollywood Star Leonardo DiCaprio Set to Play Vegetarian Philosopher in New Movie!

It has been announced that Leonardo DiCaprio is set to play Leonardo da Vinci in an upcoming movie about the artist’s life. The movie will be based on the biography of da Vinci written by Walter Isaacson which is expected to come out in October this year. The role is particularly fitting for DiCaprio as allegedly he was named after the great artist and scientist himself. When DiCaprio’s mother was pregnant with him, she felt him kick for the first time whilst staring at a da Vinci painting in an Italian museum, and decided to name Di Caprio Leonardo...

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Vegan Ice Cream As Cold And Black As Your Soul

Unicorns, pride flags, festival wear and carnivals, this summer seems to be full of nothing but colour. Thankfully, there are a few people who are breaking the mould and are making everything black. Black foods have been a trend for some time now, with the advent of the black burger bun, but right now it’s ice cream’s turn. The vegan ice cream craze has recently become an instagram favourite and we thought you might want to where you can get it from, vegan style. Frankie & Jo’s Autumn Martin and Kari Brunson are the pair behind Frankie & Jo’s...

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Study Credits Celebrities For Making Vegan Diets Mainstream

A study has been conducted into the growth of the packaged vegan foods in the USA, and the results are looking good. Research analysts have estimated that the industry will grow at a rate of 8.14% annually between 2017-2021. The study defines Packaged Vegan Food as ‘plant-based packaged food products prepared without the use of any ingredients or products derived from animals, including but not limited to meat, fish, and poultry products, dairy products, and honey.’ There certainly have been a rise in the number of these foods recently, with increased distribution of ‘the burger that bleeds’, the introduction...

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Major Meat Supplier Reports Increase in Sales: Is Veganism Failing?

Tyson Foods, a well known producer of beef, pork and chicken in the US, recently released their third-quarter figures for this year and they are surprisingly good. Although their net income was down by $37 million in comparison to the same period last year, their revenue was up by $450 million. CEO of Tyson Foods, Tom Hayes attributes the company’s success to a ‘strong performance’ in beef and pork. Tyson Foods also recently bought AdvancePierre Foods in order to expand it’s prepared food segment. All this news seems in conflict to the statement made by Hayes just a few...

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Pea Protein Popularity Booms to 195% More Usage Amongst Food Manufacturers

Protein, protein, protein, just how do you get it without animal products? Well, peas apparently! Pea protein is becoming hugely popular amongst manufacturers who are seeking to find a protein source that is cheaper, better for the environment and plant-based. ‘The burger that bleeds’, produced by plant-based brand Beyond Meat, is based on pea protein and prominent brands like Warburtons have even started adding the stuff to their pre existing products. So why the hype? Pea protein is extracted from ground yellow split peas, unlike more commonly used proteins that are derived from soy and whey, pea protein is...

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Dubai’s Favourite Vegan Make Up Brand Arrives In The USA

Luscious Cosmetics, one of Dubai’s favourite make up brands, is hitting shelves in the USA today! The cruelty free and vegan brand has been a Middle Eastern hit since the company’s inception in 2007 and it has finally made it’s way to America. Despite rivalling some of the best cosmetic brands out there in terms of make up quality, each item is reasonably priced and will only set you back around $20. Mehrbano Sethi, Luscious Cosmetics founder, is pretty excited to get her products over to the states. ‘I have wanted to enter the US market for years’ says...

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What’s The Difference Between Ed Snowden and Animal Rights Activists?

On August 8th it was announced that two Australian animal rights activists, Christopher Delforce and Dorrotya Kiss, were ‘let-off’ of the charges brought against them by pork farmers. Delforce and Kiss were facing charges thanks to what is known as an ‘ag-gag’ law, which stop Australians from installing recording equipment on farms. The activists were accused of the illegal installation of recording equipment, and the distribution of the footage that the cameras recorded. The pair had the charges dismissed thanks to a fault in police proceedings that saw a document go undated. Despite this, the case, and cases like...

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New Eco-Friendly Plant Based Snacks Are Coming To A Sprouts Store Near You!

Probiotic CareBars will soon be available in Sprouts Farmers Market! Eco Friendly Foods Initiative (EFFi), makers of Probiotic CareBars, have announced that they will partnering with Sprouts. Sprouts will begin by stocking the CareBars in three different flavours. CEO and founder of EFFi, Carina Ayden, is committed to producing and supplying plant-based foods that care for the environment as well as health. Ayden is excited by the new partnership and believes that EFFi and Sprouts core values are the same. ‘We are incredibly honored to be part of the Sprouts family,’ says Ayden, ‘We couldn’t be more excited to...

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The Truth About ‘What The Health’ Claim “Sugar Doesn’t Cause Diabetes”

Earlier this year, pro-vegan documentary What The Health was released on Netflix. The film, which explores the credibility of large health organisations’ advice on nutrition, has received a lot of attention from both supporters and critics alike. Many people have attributed their change to a plant-based diet to the documentary including singer-songwriter Ne-Yo. However, one claim made in the film has been picked up by critics in an attempt to discredit the documentary as a whole: that sugar does not directly cause type 2 diabetes. For years now we have associated diabetes with an excess of sugar in a...

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Cowspiracy Inspires ‘Lazy Millennials’ To Start Vegan Farm

Move over organic, there’s a new farm in town. California couple Matthew and Brittany Loisel have started what they call a ‘veganic’ farm named Lazy Millennials Farm. The name of the farm was inspired by a Ted Talk that focussed on branding and millennials. Like so many young people, the couple were unhappy with their corporate jobs and rather than be a part of the ‘lazy millennial’ stereotype they decided to quit their jobs and start a veganic farm in Salinas. As Matthew says, ‘what’s more millennial than [that]?’ A lot of people don’t think about it but most...

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Discovery of Contaminated Eggs From EU Supermarkets Could Be Fatal

Concerns over eggs contaminated with fiprolin have seen eggs taken off the shelves of Aldi and Lidl in Germany lately for fear of affecting public health. However, there are now worries that the contaminated eggs have been sold and consumed in the UK. The problem started in the Netherlands and Belgium, and disinfectant used in the Netherlands is thought to be the cause of the problem. Pesticides, disinfectants and medicines containing fiprolin are not allowed around livestock under EU law. Considered to be ‘moderately hazardous’ by the World Health Organisation, fiprolin has been linked with damage to kidneys, liver...

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Animal Pelts or Ikea Rugs? Are Game of Thrones Costumes Vegan?

Season 7 of Game of Thrones is well under way and as usual it’s presenting all sorts of challenges for the team behind the scenes. Michelle Clapton, costume designer for the award winning series, has a huge tasks on her hands. The sheer number of costumes to plan and make is overwhelmingly large and the advent of HD cameras has only made the job more of a challenge as viewers are able to pick up on much smaller details than before. With the amount of leather and fur present in the series, it seems like a vegan nightmare. But...

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Gold Coast Vegan Eatery To Franchise Nationwide

Vegan entrepreneur, Natalie Evans, has taken the Gold Coast by storm and now intends on expanding her brand nationally. Evans, who is only 27, has already had a huge success with her plant-based restaurant, Greenhouse Canteen & Bar, in Miami, Queensland and now intends on franchising her business with the aim of taking it national. Despite the fact that meat consumption per capita in Australia has risen by 15% in the past 20 years, veganism is a fast growing trend in the sun soaked country. Last year, Australians were found to google the world ‘vegan’ more than anyone else...

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Green Mondays and the Future Burger: Hong Kong’s Plant-Based Revolution

Hong Kong born David Yeung has made it his mission to convince people to cut the meat out of their meals. The long-time vegetarian and Buddhist’s efforts have already made a huge impact on his birth city, but he’s not stopping any time soon. Yeung was initially inspired to try and transform the Asian city during his time living in NYC as a teen and young adult. Before moving back to Hong Kong he became aware of the Meatless Monday campaign that was starting to gain momentum around the US. Given that the citizens of Hong Kong consume more...

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Is NFL Star Trent Williams Ditching His Plant-Based Diet?

Last month, NFL player Trent Williams made the decision to trial a plant-based diet for a month. His decision was prompted by pro-vegan documentary What The Health, and he had hoped that it would change his body for the better. Williams’ family has a history of diabetes but he also wants to extend his career on the pitch. The documentary What The Health explores the links between meat and dairy products and risk of prominent health problems and diseases such as cancer, strokes and diabetes. With a family history of diabetes, the NFL player was wise to ditch the...

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British Dietetic Association Confirms A Healthy Vegan Diet Can Be Suitable at All Ages

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) have recently confirmed that they believe a well planned vegan diet ‘supports healthy living in people of all ages’ including ‘during pregnancy and breastfeeding.’ This is the result of a working relationship between BDA and the Vegan Society. Last month the Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations was updated from the 2014 agreement the partnership had. The memorandum, which is reviewed on a three yearly basis, aims to improve the working relationship between the two organisations so that they can both ‘promote reliable, evidence based advice on a healthy vegan diet.’ BDA’s support...

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Nandos, ASDA and Lidl Supplier Guilty of Shocking Animal Abuse

An undercover investigation on a Somerset farm, which raises chickens for a major UK supplier, uncovered some shocking truths about the way their animals are treated. The farm supplies chickens to the second largest chicken company in the UK, Faccenda, who in turn supply to Nando’s, Asda and Lidl. The investigation raises questions over how aware consumers are of the animal welfare standards of the meat that they are buying. The investigation was conducted by animal rights group Animal Equality. Whilst on the farm they took photos and video footage of the 150,000 animals who are packed tightly into...

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Director of Earthlings Set To Release Series of Vegan Films with Joaquin Phoenix

It has been announced that Shaun Monson, director of the pro-vegan American documentary Earthlings, will release a series of short films. The films, which have been reported by Plant Based News, will feature Joaquin Phoenix and focus on the Save movement. Joaquin Phoenix is the narrator for earthlings but it better known for his role as Commodus in Gladiator and portrayal of Johnny Cash in Walk the Line. The actor became a vegan at the small age of three after he and his siblings joined their parents on a fishing trip. Phoenix was unable to bare the thought of...

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11 Year Old Boy Saves 2,500 Acres Of Rainforest

Rainforest hero Kyle Hughes has been singled out by the Rainforest Trust recently in the ‘Supporter Spotlight’ series on their blog. The 11 year old environment enthusiast has already helped to save a massive 2,500 of rainforest in the last 3 years. His interest in using his time to help others started when his grandfather bought him the Christmas present of a goat that was donated to an African family less fortunate than Hughes. Since then his interest in charity has developed and he’s particularly passionate about saving the habitats of animals. Kyle’s parents, Rob and Rebecca, helped him...

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Jamie Oliver Finds Vegans Annoying Despite Believing Vegan Diet Best For Health

Jamie Oliver’s recent interview with The Sunday Times has caused quite a stir thanks to some of the comments that he chose to make about vegans. The TV chef is best known for his school dinner’s campaign and his rampage against sugar. Confusingly then, his interview with The Times saw him speak ill of the clean eating trend and claim that he was ‘split’ in his opinion about vegans. Rather confusingly, Oliver is one of the few chefs who also cook meat and dairy products who actually specifically labels his recipes as vegan friendly. His chain of Italian restaurants...

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PETA Prompts Tinder To Speak Out Against Tiger Selfies

Dating app Tinder has asked users to take down pictures of themselves posing with tigers after receiving a letter of complaint from animal rights group PETA Australia. The activist group penned a letter to the popular dating app’s co-founder and chairman Sean Rad, asking him to ban the use of tiger selfies on the dating site. Rad responded on the Tinder’s blog asking the app’s uses to please take down the pictures with the claim that ‘Posing next to a king of the jungle doesn’t make you one.’ Tiger selfies on Tinder have become so popular that people have...

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‘Hottest Vegan Couple’ Named. But Is This The Best Way To Promote Veganism?

Recently, PETA named the UK and Ireland’s Hottest Vegan Couple as Casey Rider and Mark Goodwin. The gym going pair wanted to enter the competition in order to dispel the myth that vegans are ‘frail and weak’ and that people can be strong, fit and athletic on a plant-based diet. However, the win for the pair throws into question the sort of message the vegan community are sending out? Sex sells, sure but are competitions like ‘Hottest Vegan Couple’ the right way to go about convincing people to be vegan? Choosing not to consume or wear animal products has...

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Kat Von D To Star In Upcoming Vegan Music Documentary

It has been announced that Kat Von D is set to appear in upcoming vegan documentary ‘Taking Note’. However, the documentary is currently only a few hours away from the end of it’s crowdfunding campaign and without donations, Von D will not be gracing our screens for what’s set to be a great documentary. The documentary is the dream of Chris Hines, who his the founder of music publication Hit the Floor Magazine (HTF). Hines, who is himself a vegan, initially turned to vegetarianism after watching a music video featuring graphic slaughterhouse footage. The documentary aims to look at...

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Are Beyond Meat Burgers Coming To The UK?

Are ‘bleeding’ vegan burgers coming to the UK? Recently, both Impossible Food and Beyond Meat, the two companies who make the ultra-realistic meat substitute, have both been receiving a lot of media attention and a lot of money. Billionaire Bill Gates has invested in both food companies and recently Beyond Meat landed a deal which means the burgers will now be available in supermarket across the USA. But are world famous vegan burgers making their way over the Atlantic to the UK? The Coventry Telegraph have recently reported that the growth of the companies could mean that the UK...

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Linda McCartney Introduce New Vegan Festive Range

Well known vegetarian brand Linda McCartney is bringing out a new range of products for the festive season. Even better, the whole range will be vegan! The range will include Vegetarian Roast Beef with Red Wine and Shallot Glaze, which is possibly the fanciest veggie alternative ever offered in British supermarkets, in addition to two types of cocktail sausages and wellington bites. Although the range is festively themed it will start to appear on shelves in Asda, Tesco and Sainsburys in just over 2 weeks, on 20th August. That’ll give you plenty of time to test them once or...

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Vegan Student Causes A Stir With 100 Banana A Week Diet

21 year old Dane Nash has caught the attention of the media recently after admitting that he eats around 100 bananas a week. The student, who is based in Bristol, took to a local vegan Facebook group for advice about food bins and ended up the topic of some in-depth conversation. Nash has even been interviewed by the BBC, although he is unhappy with their representation of him and his diet. Hello beautiful monkeys 🍌🐒Wasn't expecting that video to blow up like it has! Oops 🙃The BBC (and now several other… Posted by Dane Nash on Friday, 4 August 2017...

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Mayor of America’s Fattest City Accepts Pamela Anderson’s Vegan Challenge

Several weeks ago, Pamela Anderson penned a letter to Chokwe Antar Lumumba, the mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, challenging him to go vegan to set an example for his constituents. Recently, Jackson has been named as the fattest city in America and Anderson proposed the challenge because she believes that the vegan lifestyle is the healthiest way to fuel our bodies. She suggested that he lead by example, so as to make people aware of the health benefits a change in diet can bring about. Anderson’s proposal to the Mayor back in July included a promise of support from the...

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Miley Cyrus Wears ‘Beyond Skin’ Vegan Shoes In Cosmopolitan Photo Shoot

Vegan Queen Miley Cyrus has been spotted wearing shoes from vegan brand Beyond Skin, in her new Cosmopolitan photo shoot. The openly vegan singer song-writer recently got a tattoo of the vegan symbol to prove her dedication to the cause, and now it seems she’s giving vegan shoe brands the platform they deserve. Miley was sporting the beautiful Pink Penny B Platforms that are handmade in Spain. In a statement to Plant Based News, a spokesperson for the vegan shoe company said “We are really thrilled that Miley has worn Beyond Skin shoes, it’s the first time that she’s...

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American Medical Association Pushes for Plant-Based Foods In Hospitals

At the 2017 American Medical Association (AMA) Annual Meeting, AMA passed two new resolutions that could have a huge impact on the way in which Americans are fed. AMA accepted that processed meats and excessive sugar consumption were the main factors in the ever growing obesity problem in the USA and have suggested plant based food and healthful food be made more readily available to people using food stamps and people in hospital. People who are obese are more likely to suffer from diabetes, heart disease and strokes. AMA discussed the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) which provides assistance...

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Cats, Dogs and Climate Change: How Big Is Your Furry Friend’s Carbon Pawprint?

A professor from UCLA has been crunching some numbers and it turns out that our furry friends might be having a bigger impact on global warming than we thought. Gregory Okin, teacher of Physical Geography and Soils at the Los Angeles based college, has published a paper suggesting that cats and dogs in the USA produce the equivalent of 64 million tons of carbon dioxide each year. This figure is calculated by looking at just how much meat Americans choose to feed their pets. Studies have shown that eating meat is a very inefficient way of feeding the world’s...

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New ‘Vegan Road Show’ Series Hits YouTube

Fasten your seatbelts because in just 9 days time YouTube has a treat coming your way in the form of The Vegan Road Show US. Vegan fitness writer, Mehmet Endip, and creator of the show, Sky Valencia, are taking a road trip of the USA to discover all the best vegan dishes you can get all across the country! They’ve already shared a few pictures of what kind of food you can expect from the show and it’s looking pretty good. The show will come to youtube on August 12th and will have 22 episodes to keep you occupied...

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Genius New Vegan Milk Which Tastes Just Like Dairy!

Today, vegan ‘mylk’ geniuses, Rebel Kitchen, announced today their new range of mylks and they’re quite different to a lot of milk alternatives on the market. Rebel Kitchen are most well known for their delicious coconut-based flavoured mylks that including Chai and Coffee flavour, and smaller drinks in Banana and Chocolate flavour for younger vegans. However, they’ve developed a range that will appeal to everyone struggling to ditch cow’s milk because they just love the taste and consistency; mylks that come in Skimmed, Semi-Skimmed and Whole. Now in store at Waitrose, the mylks are designed to be just like their...

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Earth Overshoot Day: We Have Already Used More Energy Than We Can Renew!

Today is a sad day for planet earth, it’s Earth Overshoot Day which means it’s the day in the year by which we have used more energy than the earth can renew in 2017. This day comes every year but this year, it’s the earliest it’s ever been. Earth overshoot day has been monitored and recorded since 1986 and the change in the last 30 years has been shocking. The Earth Overshoot Day Measure looks at the biocapacity of the earth, which calculates the earth’s ability to generate a supply of renewable resources and to absorb the waste earth...

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So Delicious To Bring Out Range of Vegan Cheese!

Amazing news! The folks over at So Delicious are jumping on the bandwagon to offer their very own vegan cheese shreds. Already the dairy free brand offer a selection of ice-creams, yoghurt, creamer and milk alternatives and they’re all…well, delicious. Although it’s not yet certain when the cheese will be available in stores, pictures of the new product have been circulating the vegan web so production must be well underway. It seems the brand will bring out a Cheddar Style, Cheddar Jack Style and Mozzarella Style vegan cheese to top your tacos, nachos or pizza. Yum! So Delicious are...

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New Zealand’s Meat Industry Facing Uncertain Future

Over the weekend, a Red Meat Sector conference was held in Dunedin, New Zealand to discuss the future of the country’s red meat production. The events saw speakers such as Sir Lockwood Smith and University of Auckland’s senior lecturer, Dr Michael Lee. As speakers took to the stage, the feeling was overwhelmingly that the red meat industry is in crisis and they are trying to find ways in which to stop it’s decline. Two of the main problems identified at the conference were people’s changing attitudes towards meat consumption and the big changes in the international political stage in the...

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20 Comments From Obnoxious Vegans – Unravelled !

Vegans get a pretty bad rep and to prove how justified it is, Whisper decided to put together a list of the 20 most obnoxious things vegans have said. Going on about veganism almost as much as vegans do just to make sure everyone knows how much vegans talk about veganism. Sounds exhausting. So just how obnoxious can vegans be? Well, apparently vegans are struggling with the idea of vegans and non vegans dating. Whilst it’s understandable that a vegan would only want to date someone who is themselves vegan, it’s also completely possible for vegans and non vegans...

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‘By Chloe’ Makes European Debut In London This Autumn

US based vegan chain restaurant, By Chloe, is coming to the UK and the first store is set to open before the end of the year. London will be the home of By Chloe’s first international site, and it’s doors are expected to open this autumn in Covent Garden. The chain have recently invested up to $13 million dollars in international development and it’s speculated that they have plans to open more restaurants in London, Europe and the Middle East. Chloe Coscarelli, co-founder and namesake of By Chloe, has recently left the company after claims that the chain’s partners...

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Rabbi Offers $5,000 To Synagogues Who Take Vegan Pledge

Prominent orthodox rabbi, Shmuly Yanklowitz, has challenged synagogues across North America to go vegan and he has $25,000 to give away to help them do that. The rabbi who turned vegetarian whilst studying at Harvard aged 23, turned to a plant-based diet after his wedding 6 years ago. Yanklowitz advocates for a vegan diet for both ethical and health reasons, claiming that for some Jews who currently aren’t consuming a healthy diet ditching animal products could be a matter of life or death. Named as one of the most influential Jews in The Forward, an American Jewish magazine, Yanklowitz...

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The Vegan Guide to Edinburgh’s Festival Season

In summer the UK loves a good festival. We’ve got a particular penchant for music festivals big and small, but don’t be disheartened if standing in a muddy field with a plastic cup full of cider listening to The Jam ain’t your…well, jam. Edinburgh’s got you covered for all sorts of festival action and it goes on all year round! One festival in particular you should really make an effort to go to is Edinburgh’s Ethical Winterfest which is coming to the Roxburghe Hotel in November. Just a stone’s throw away from Edinburgh Castle, the Roxburghe Hotel comprises of...

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The Earth’s ‘Sixth Mass Extinction’ Is Imminent. What Can We Do To Stop It?

A scientific report published earlier this year has warned that the earth’s ‘sixth mass extinction’ is well underway and it’s going to be a lot worse than we thought. In recent years it has becoming increasingly apparent that many of the world’s species are under threat of extinction. With the exception of bees often we are referring to mammals in warm climates. We associate extinction with poaching and sometimes destruction of natural habitats. But the authors of the report, Gerardo Ceballos, Paul R. Ehrlich and Rodolfo Dirzo, have warned that the loss of population extends beyond animals we considered to...

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Can Veganism Work Without Capitalism? Should We Boycott Non-Vegan Parent Companies?

Canadian brand Daiya, have been bought by an international healthcare giant for over $300 million. Daiya offer a range of plant-based alternatives to products such as cheese and yoghurt. The Japanese pharmaceutical company, Otsuka, who have purchased the vegan brand are known to test on animals and some people are calling for a boycott of Daiya as they consider their parent company to not be vegan. However, Otsuka’s acquisition of the Canadian brand will allow Daiya to be a much bigger presence in both Canada and the USA. In a world where capitalism prevails how are we supposed to...

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Vegan Comapany, Quorn To Create 100s of Jobs After £150 Million Investment

Meat alternative producers, Quorn, have seen huge growth in the first half of the year. The vegetarian brand are based in the UK and have been exporting to Europe for some time but have recently branched out into other areas of the world offering their vegetarian friendly protein in Australia, Asia and America. They’ve had such great success with this move that they are soon to invest £150 million in one of their UK facilities and they anticipate that it will provide jobs for many people in the foreseeable future. Quorn’s successes outside of Europe is great news from...

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New Yorkers Pay $1 To See Virtual Reality Footage, Changing Lives Forever

Pedestrians in Union Square in New York City were given a unique offer; to watch 4 minutes of footage in exchange for a dollar. Seems like a pretty good deal when you can’t earn $1 in four minutes on minimum wage in NYC. So what’s the catch? They were about to watch 4 minutes of footage depicting the realities of the animal agricultural industry. The event was organised by the NYC Vegetarian and Vegan Meetup Group who identified that one of the main obstacles of spreading awareness is just getting people to sit down and watch what really goes...

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Egg Company Experiences $834 Million Drop in Sales As Demand For Eggs Declines

Cal-Maine Foods Inc., a large North American egg company, have reported a huge loss in profits since 2016. The company, who recently released their final fiscal report for 2017, are reporting net sales 9.4% lower for the last quarter than the same quarter in 2016. Comparing these two periods suggests a rise in the number of actual egg sales, however this is because of the extra week of sales in the last quarter of 2017. Over the course of the year this has meant an $834 million drop in net sales and a profit loss of $74.3 million. CEO...

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Pepsi Refuse to Reveal Secret Non-Vegan Ingredient

According to PepsiCo, Diet Pepsi isn’t suitable for vegans but rather concerningly, they won’t say why. In an official statement to Metro, a spokesperson for PepsiCo said “We can confirm that regular Pepsi and Pepsi Max are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Diet Pepsi is only suitable for vegetarians as it contains traces of ingredients that are not suitable for people following a vegan diet.” Thanks to some in-depth research by UK blogger Fat Gay Vegan, we know that many types of soft drink available in the UK contain gelatine which can be derived from pigs, cows or fish...

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US Government To Stop Funding Torturous Medical Experiments on Dogs

Using taxpayers money to fund cruel experiments on dogs in the US could soon be a thing of the past. Recently the House of Representatives voted in favour of no longer allowing the Secretary of Veteran Affairs to use funds to perform unkind and painful experiments on dogs. This news is the work of Rep. Dave Brat who put forward the Preventing Unkind and Painful Procedures and Experiments on Respected Species Act (PUPPERS Act) in an attempt to amend the recently voted on Making America Secure Appropriations Act of 2018. This Act comes after an internal report surrounding some...

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Small House, Big Impact! How Your Minimalist Home Benefits The Planet

What lengths would you go to to save the planet? Some people think veganism is extreme however one couple have moved their whole life into a 200 square foot ‘tiny home’ and are touring it across North America, as the Creative Animal Foundation, in the hopes of inspiring others to follow suit. Stephanie Arne and Tim Davison claim that they made the decision to ditch the mainstream style of accommodation, like an apartment or a house, because they have a deep rooted love of animals. In an interview with KDLT, Arne is keen to point out that our oceans...

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By 2050 Our Oceans Will Be More Plastic Than Fish! How Will You Help Stop This?

Last year the world made a shocking discovery: if we don’t change our plastic-using habits, the oceans are set to contain more plastic than fish by 2050. Is this a result of fast-declining fish populations or of increased plastic use? Although the report doesn’t directly address our declining fish numbers, the answer is likely both. Vegan or not, most people would agree that this isn’t a statistic we would welcome with open arms. The impact of plastic in our oceans is largely unknown, but what we do know is that dissolved plastics can be absorbed by fish and larger...

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5 Reasons Why Vegans Have Better Sex

Last year, PETA released an ad campaign that they hoped would be used in one of the sought after Super Bowl ad spots. The ad made a bold claim: “vegans are better in bed”. Apparently the folks who decide who gets the good Super Bowl ad slots didn’t take too kindly to it and rejected it. It was claimed that the ad was too raunchy but it might have something more to do with the fact that the Super Bowl is the second largest food consumption day in the US, topped only by thanksgiving, and a lot of that...

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Post-Brexit Trade Deal Could Result in Chlorinated Chicken for The UK

It has come to light this week that the ever looming Brexit could bring about lower standards of welfare for animals that end up as meat in UK supermarkets. Theresa May and Donald Trump are currently in negotiations concerning a free trade deal between the USA and the UK which at the moment seems to be focusing on food. The main point of tension appears to be chlorinated chicken and whether or not the UK will allow their population to consume it. However, this does not only raise health concerns but concerns over how animals are treated and how...

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Silicon and Animal Bone? What’s REALLY Inside Your Vitamin Supplement?

Leading pharmaceutical company, Gemini, has spoken up about how easy it is to replace chemical compounds and other ‘inactive’ ingredients (ingredients that are included in the production of a drug to create a tablet or capsule that do not have a direct therapeutic effect) in the production of pharamceuticals. The answer is in the rice. Gemini manufacture nutritional supplements such as vitamins and minerals, and over the counter drugs. They have found that they can gain most use out of these new ingredients in nutritionals. Traditionally magnesium stearate has been used in the production of these pharmaceuticals as a...

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Is PETA’s New Naked Women Campaign Anti Feminist?

For advocates of veganism, often the most important thing to do is to spread the word. It’s all very well holding the information yourself about the exploitation of animals, the impact animal agriculture has on the environment and the health benefits of a plant-based diet, but unless you can get the attention of others it’s not going to change the world. PETA, an animal welfare organisation who dedicate their time to spreading the word of veganism, have released an ad campaign this week featuring Bonnie-Jill Laflin, the first ever female scout for the NBA. As with many of PETA’s...

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NZ Introduce 46 New Regulations To Protect Animals Against Human Cruelty

New Zealand, already a leading country in animal welfare legislation, has brought into effect 46 new regulations to protect farmed animals and pets from human cruelty. Two years ago the Animal Welfare Act was changed so that the Ministry for Primary Industries could create new regulations under the Animal Welfare Act. The aim of this was to allow MPI to ‘better enforce the Act by setting out clear rules to protect animal welfare.’ The latest animal welfare regulations have been released as part of an ongoing look at the current regulations and more changes are expected to be announced...

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Food Researcher Goes Vegan After Discovering the Truth About Pig Farming

“We’re conditioned by an invisible belief system that encourages us to eat animals which is shared by all meat-eating cultures. If you think about the millions of different animals out there, we’ve only chosen a few that we class as edible. The others are seen as disgusting. Just imagine eating a rat.” These are the wise words of Dr Pía Spry-Marqués, who has been vegan for two years now after her research into the history of pig farming forced her to rethink the way she views foods. Dr Spry-Marqués began her journey to veganism whilst she was researching the historical relationship between humans...

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Google and Go Green for The Planet with Vegan Lunch Options

For some years, Google have been focused on the sustainability of their business. The internet giant has been carbon neutral for the past 10 years and this year they will start operating using 100% renewable energy sources. These are some big achievements! Not wanting to fall behind the times, however, Google have started looking to other ways of reducing their carbon footprint and their negative impact on the environment, so this time they’re focussing on the stomachs of their employees. For anyone who works at Google’s campus in Sunnyvale, CA lunchtime is likely to be an exciting part of...

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Dairy Industry Lose Battle With Vegans – Milk Can Now Be Named “Inhumane”

The UK’s Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) have sided with vegan advertisers, Go Vegan World, in what is being described as a ‘landmark decision’. After releasing an advert in February 2017 with the claim ‘HUMANE MILK IS A MYTH’, Go Vegan World were the subject of seven different complaints put into the ASA, one of which was from the National Farmer’s Union (NFU). However, they have been cleared of the claim that they have in anyway misled the public about the reality of dairy farming. Unsurprisingly, this ruling has been the subject of some criticism both from NFU and concerningly...

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Nine Animals Rescued From Abandoned Amusement Park

The not for profit organisation, Four Paws, has been doing some amazing work for animal welfare since 1988. A few days ago, the charity went above and beyond in order to rescue some animals. Syria’s second largest city, Aleppo, has been the site of political unrest since 2012 and as such normal life has been largely abandoned. This included animals that were part of an old amusement park. Thankfully on 21st July, Four Paws successfully rescued 9 animals from the park and took them to Turkey where they are now receiving medical care. The animals that were rescued consisted...

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Shut UP! New Mean Girls Themed Vegan Make Up Brush Set!

How many vegan beauty products can you release before people get bored of the novelty and stop buying them? The limit does not exist! Fully vegan brand Spectrum Collections have announced that they’re releasing a new range of makeup brushes. The exciting part? They’re Mean Girls themed and you can keep them in your very own Burn Book. We’ve got a fifth sense that you’re going to get a big lesbian crush on these new products. So get in loser, we’re going shopping! We’re pretty sure these brushes are going to be so fetch, but if you’re not convinced...

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5 Million Plant-Based Meals to Be Given to Brazilian Children

In the past 3 years the availability of plant-based and cruelty-free products in Brazil has grown from strength to strength. In fact, plant-based companies are growing at around 40 percent annually in the South American country. The continent has previously held the title of largest beef exporter in the world, as such seeing such a radical transformation in South America’s biggest country could create a huge impact on the success of plant-based businesses globally. This growing trend is now having a positive impact on Brazil’s children who are now set to receive 5 million more plant-based lunches per year....

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Meat Industry Left Furious As President Declares Vegan Mondays

As far back as 1990 Argentina has been in the top two countries for the highest consumption of meat per person`. Just last year Argentinians consumed an average of 87.5kg of meat, including beef, veal, sheep, pork and poultry. Nearly half the meat consumed was beef and veal. So, when the President of Argentina Mauricio Macri, announced vegans Mondays not everyone was best pleased. President Macri has declared that at the official presidential residence The Casa Rosada, only vegan food will be served to the president and all 554 employees on a Monday. Given the country’s longstanding love of...

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Global Sales of Quorn Boom Towards a Meat-Free Future

Meat-free alternative brand, Quorn, have had a great start to the year, with growth tracking ahead of what was expected. They’ve set their sights on becoming a multi-billion dollar brand over the next few years with plans to invest hundreds of thousands of pounds in order to improve their infrastructure. The UK based brand has experienced a growth of around 15 percent in the UK during the first half of this year but its exports that are really making Quorn a global contender. In the rest of Europe the company’s sales grew by 29 percent, in Asia and Australia...

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“”Offensive Vegan Film Depicts Parallels Between Rape and Meat Consumption

A couple of months ago a pro-vegan short film by Vidara Films called ‘Norm’ was uploaded to youtube and gained some attention on facebook. The 12 minute long piece depicts an alternate reality where there is no law stopping men from committing violent sexual acts against women. During the course of the film a ‘consensual’ has a frank discussion with his friend about the ways in which women are treated, how ridiculous it is to consider some women more worthy of respect than others and the fact that just because we consider something natural doesn’t mean it’s moral. It attempts...

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Kiss Good Bye To L’Oreal – Cruelty Free Cosmetics Grow Leaps & Bounds

Great news for makeup lovers! The cruelty free and vegan cosmetic industry is predicted to see some fast growth until at least 2023. The cruelty free sector of the industry is proving to be growing faster than other synthetic cosmetic products. A report has estimated that the industry will grow 6.1 percent yearly between now and 2023 which means that there will be more options than ever for vegans to choose from. The report has found that a growing aversion to products that have been tested on animals and an increased interest in natural, plant-based alternatives to cosmetics are...

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Carbs! Are They Actually The Cause of Your Weight Gain?

Carbohydrates have got a bit of a bad rep. Between the Keto diet and the Atkins diet a lot of people believe that carbohydrates are the major fact in weight gain. Obesity in the western world has become an epidemic and it’s unsurprising that many people are looking to alternative diets in order to help them lose a few pounds. But do the arguments against carbohydrates hold any weight? Let’s take a closer look at carbs. How Does Your Body Use Carbs? When you eat a meal, that meal will consist of three basic food groups: protein, fat and...

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Pamela Anderson Challenges Mayor of America’s Fattest City to Go Vegan

Pamela Anderson has been in vegan news a lot recently. She’s opening a vegan restaurant in France, she’s not opening one, she has a vegan shoe line and she often writes about her vegan choices on her blog. However, this week she made the news by offering Mayor Lumumba of Jackson, Mississippi free lunches for a week if he pledges to go vegan for a month. Recently the city of Jackson was revealed as being the ‘fattest’ city in America, not a title many would be proud of. This comes at a time when 36.5 percent of all Americans...

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5 New Eye Opening Vegan Documentaries Everyone Must See

2017 has already seen some pretty amazing vegan film and documentary releases. We’ve been treated to another hard hitting documentary from the creators of Cowspiracy, What the Health, we’ve all had a good cry at Okja and we were swept away by Simon Amstell’s utopian future in Carnage. But thankfully there’s still plenty more to come in the next year. We’ve put together a list of the top 5 documentaries you’ve still got to look forward to. Top 5 Upcoming Vegan Documentaries Dominion Dominion is the new documentary, which is directed by Australian Chris Delforce. This documentary follows up...

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3 Side Effects You May Experience When Going Vegan

If you’re transitioning to a vegan diet you might be wondering what to expect from your body. For many people, moving to a vegan diet is a huge change from what they’re used to eating, especially if you’re choosing to pursue a whole food plant based diet. So what actually happens to your body when you stop consuming meat, eggs and dairy and how long does it take for these changes to become noticeable? Here’s a few things that you might experience if you’re coming to the green side. 3 Side Effects You May Experience When Going Vegan Digestion...

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The Important Ties Between Equality and Sustainability

For the past 13 years Stanford University’s new incoming undergraduate students have received three books that they must read over the summer, before orientation in the Autumn. This year is no exception and the three books have been carefully chosen by former student and current faculty member, Noah Diffenbaugh. Diffenbaugh, who teaches in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences wanted the theme of his book choices to focus on sustainability and equity. He believes the two concepts are ‘inextricably linked’ The the books chosen by Diffenbaugh are Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi; The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert;...

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CNN Reports Plant-Based Foods Linked to Dementia Prevention

We often hear that a vegan diet is one of the ‘healthiest diets out there’ but more and more research is coming to light on what a change in diet can actually mean for our bodies. Recently CNN revealed a study that suggests a whole-foods diet high in plant-based foods may actually help prevent dementia. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s Disease and it’s affecting an increasing number of people each year. Health services claim that it is not yet known what exactly causes the disease but it has been linked with cardiovascular disease (heart disease) and often...

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4 Major Factors Which Could Lead to A Global Food Crisis

In the world today there are approximately 795 million people who don’t have enough to eat. That’s one out of every nine people alive. The places that are worst effected are developing countries in Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin American and the Caribbean. This figure is only set to increase with a rise in population predicted until at least 2050. At the moment, the problem doesn’t lie in the amount of food the world produces as a whole but rather in the distribution of food. Taking into account the amount of calories produced by crops globally we should actually have...

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Taco Bell Reveal Government Cheese-Money Scandal Which Forgoes Public Health

Taco Bell have uncovered the secret behind the success of their ever-growing range of cheese products on the menu, and it’s more worrying than you might think. Last year Taco Bell released the Quesalupa, a taco with a cheese stuffed shell. They released the the new menu item the day after the 2016 Super Bowl and it’s arrival on menus was preceded by a Super Bowl ad that is thought to have cost somewhere between $15 million and $20 million. And they couldn’t have done it without the help of Dairy Management Inc. The dairy industry in the USA...

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Did Humans Evolve By Eating Meat or Potatoes? (And Does It Even Matter?)

Evolution has played a role in the vegan/vegetarian argument for many years. Often people will talk about incisors and their role in meat eating or whether or not humans still have the hunter/gatherer instinct. Recently, new research has indicated that meat might have played a more important role in our evolutionary make up than originally thought as some scientists believe that it was eating meat that allowed our brains to grow beyond the brains of most other mammals. In essence, eating meat is what made us ‘human’. This new research has been used by some to back up the...

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Top 5 Vegan Ice Creams Available in the UK (While You Wait for Ben & Jerry’s)

Have you calmed down yet about the news that Non-Dairy Ben & Jerry’s is making it’s way to the UK? We certainly haven’t. As exciting at the news was, without a tub of the dairy free Chocolate Fudge Brownie close by to celebrate it’s left a sad, empty, ice cream shaped place in our tummies. They could have at least made it available in time for summer! Luckily, Ben & Jerry’s isn’t the only ice cream brand in the world, and some of them are even available in the UK already. We’ve made a list for you in case...

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UK’s Fifth Largest Supermarket Is Awarded Cruelty Free Stamp of Approval

Ethically conscious shoppers in the UK will be pleased to know that ALDI has recently been awarded cruelty free certification on cleaning products by an international animal welfare organisation. The Leaping Bunny certification, which most people will recognise as Cruelty Free International’s stamp of approval, will appear on all of ALDI’s own brand household cleaning products. ALDI is known for their focus on animal welfare and sustainability and even without the certification and their policy has included an animal testing policy for some time stating that: ‘It is our policy in the UK and Ireland that all of our own-label...

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Dairy Farms Fight Back on Vegan Food Labelling As Their Net Worth Plummets

Last month we learnt that the European Court of Justice ruled that German based food company, Tofu Town, were not following EU guidelines when it came to labelling their products using ‘dairy-style’ names. The company were selling products that included ‘Soyatoo Tofu Butter’ and ‘Veggie Cheese’ but VSW, a German consumer protection group, brought the case before the court after it claimed that TofuTown’s labelling is misleading to consumers. Now it seems, dairy farmers in the USA are calling upon the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to impose a similar crackdown, particularly on plant-based milks. The complainants have 32...

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Dairy Industry Attempts to Discredit Popular Documentary What the Health

It has come to light recently that the Dairy Herd Management magazine, a publication focusing on news from the dairy industry, are having a bit of a cry over some spilt truths. By now, most people are aware of the documentary What the Health that became available on Netflix last month. The documentary uncovers links between medical associations and animal agriculture in the USA. But Hannah Thompson-Weeman, Communications Director at the Animal Agriculture Alliance, thinks she’s discovered that the claims in the documentary are ‘outright ridiculous’. Her article featured in Dairy Herd Management focuses on four points made in...

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BREAKING! Vegan Ben & Jerry’s is (FINALLY) coming to the UK!

For months we’ve waited for it. We’ve cried, we’ve tweeted, we’ve ranted, we’ve even watched a few YouTube videos of American people trying it. (We’re not really sure why, how on earth is watching other people enjoy something you can’t have fun?!) But it’s finally happening, it’s almost here. Ben & Jerry’s have announced that they’re bringing their dairy free flavours to the UK. After discovering earlier this month that another major ice-cream brand, Häagen-Dazs, was also now offering vegan options, but again only on the other side of the Atlantic UK vegans were in a bit of a...

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The Problem With VPLs (Vegans with Pubic Lice)

If you’re a vegan and you’re not solely surrounded by other vegans you’ve probably been asked once or twice what you’d do if you were stranded on a desert island. In fact there are lots of questions surrounding potentially difficult moral situations that vegans might or might not find themselves in. Most of these are entirely absurd, after all the number of people who genuinely find themselves on a desert island in their life time is pretty small. But, what happens when you’re faced with a question where you genuinely would have to consider your own personal wellbeing over...

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Should We Label Products For Climate “Damage” Awareness?

Anand Damani of the Huffington Post has suggested that in order for the world to begin making a real impact on the reversal of climate change, we need to make some serious changes to the way we present the public with information. He suggests that the term ‘climate change’ is in itself part of the problem. ‘Change’ does not produce the sense of immediacy that say, disaster or catastrophe would, and yet the affects of climate change are not a thing of the future but are right here and now. January 2017 recorded the third highest temperatures globally since...

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The Vegan Flag: A Symbol of Unity or a Point of Conflict?

Earlier this week, Gad Hakimi’s design for an international vegan flag caught the attention of the media. The design was finalised by Hakimi and fellow activists in May this year when members of the Vegan Flag Facebook group met to discuss it. Hakimi was first inspired to create a flag when he was researching vegan symbols whilst writing a vegan superhero comic. He discovered that, aside from roughly drawn designs that had never been given much attention, there was no overarching symbol of veganism. The final design for the flag comprises of two triangles, one green and one blue,...

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Headless Chicken “Hoax”! So What’s The Truth About Poultry Farming?

It has come to light that recent news that architect André Ford’s “Headless Chicken Solution” is being considered as a genuine alternative to current farming methods is not true. Although Ford did in fact come up with this theory, it has been brushed aside as an impractical method of farming and we won’t be seeing it appear in the poultry industry anytime soon. Ford’s idea included removing the cerebral cortex of chickens and feeding them through tubes so that we could make the most use of space when it comes to chicken farming whilst the chickens were entirely unaware...

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“What The Health” Film Targeted by Aggressive Animal Agriculture Groups

A recent news bulletin from Plant Based News suggests that What the Health, a pro-vegan documentary on Netflix, is experiencing a huge drop in ratings thanks to an “aggressive campaign by animal agriculture groups.” The documentary focuses on the health implications of consuming animal products and why it is that large associations who supposedly fight major diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease, still suggest the consumption of animal products to the general public. What the Health follows Kip Andersen’s journey where he discovers that most of these associations are financially backed by major players in the meat...

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‘Headless Chicken Solution’ Propose Matrix Style Poultry Farming

NOTE: Please read our follow up article here – thankfully this practice will not be implemented. The world has a problem. By 2050 it is estimated there will be 9.5 billion people in the world to feed and with incomes increasing worldwide the demand for meat will be higher than ever. Poultry is currently consumed in quantities larger than any other type of meat worldwide and last year we produced over 200 billion kilograms of poultry worldwide. It’s unsurprising then, that there is growing concern over where we are going to raise chickens and other poultry birds when already over...

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Europe’s Busiest Exhibition Venue Set to Host Huge Vegan Event

Prominent Birmingham based venue, the NEC, has just made a two year deal to host it’s first ever vegan exhibition! The centre is the busiest of it’s kind in the whole of Europe, as well as the largest exhibition centre in the UK and will hold the vegan event, The Thrive Show, on April 28 – 29 2018. The couple behind the event are Matthew Glover and Jane Land who are co-founders of Veganuary, an increasingly popular charity that encourages people to try veganism for the month of January with the support and guidance of their useful recipes and Vegan...

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Plant-Based ‘Powerhouse’ Venus Williams in Wimbledon Final

16 time Grand Slam Champion, 5 times Wimbledon winner and a vegan. World famous athlete Venus Williams has made it through to the finals of Wimbledon 2017. Williams beat British player Konta in straight sets yesterday afternoon despite her opponent being 11 years her junior, but lived up to her name as a “Raw Vegan Powerhouse”. The tennis star made the switch to a predominantly raw and vegan lifestyle after being diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome in 2011. Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease that affects the parts of the body that produce fluid such as tears and saliva. The...

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Slaughterhouse Workers: The Forgotten Victims of the Meat Industry

It is a privilege that most humans are bestowed that they can tuck into a meat and poultry dish with little to no knowledge of where their meal has come from. In fact, even by the time animal products reach a supermarket we can no longer distinguish them as the animals they once were, with the exception perhaps of whole fish. The same can’t be said, however, for slaughterhouse workers. As a vegan, it might feel a little strange at first to be sympathetic towards slaughterhouse workers. After all, they are personally responsible for the death of a fraction...

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Go Vegan? Why on Earth Would You?

If you’re the kind of person who always switches the light off when you leave the room, makes an effort to use the shower instead of the bath and can’t wait until you can afford an electric car then it might be time to take a look at what’s on your plate. It’s becoming increasingly apparent that world leaders are choosing to ignore the state of the environment but regardless of this, your choices can still create a big impact. NASA has predicted that global temperatures will continue to rise over the next century due to the effect that...

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Could Veganism Actually End World Hunger?

Veganism is often painted as a super diet. It will make you healthier and live longer, it’s reduces the suffering of millions of animals, it is much better for the environment and the number of food products that can be made from a can of chickpeas is quite frankly astounding. But could it, as it’s often claimed, end world hunger? Unfortunately to work it out we’re going to have to do some serious maths so you might want to grab a brownie (incidentally one of the many things you can make out of chickpeas) before this one. Could Veganism...

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What’s The Beef With Vegan Meat?

Last month, following a legal battle between German based food company TofuTown and a consumer protection group, we learnt that the EU aren’t bending any time soon on the rules when it comes to plant-based products having dairy style names. Many consumers of animal products were happy with this ruling, not wanting plant-based products to be given similar names to animal products. Getting behind consumers, meat producers in the EU believe similar action needs to be taken against meat-style names being used for meatless products. Nick Allen, CEO of the British Meat Processors Association has commented that “Meat is...

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If You Can Never Be 100% Vegan, Why Even Bother?

Veganism can be a frustrating affair. You search the shelf for some cheap dark chocolate at the end of your working week only to find that the manufacturer has included milk in the ingredients. Cereal should be easier to buy but there’s honey lurking around every corner. You thought Jammie Dodgers were safe and then they changed the recipe. Sometimes it can feel like a losing battle, but you persevere; you buy the slightly more expensive chocolate, settle for Shredded Wheat and put a dollop of jam between two rich teas. But what about those times when you just...

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Are Vegans Guilty of Forcing Their Opinions on Others?

Owner of the world’s first 24-hour vegan drive thru, which opened in London recently, have been the victim of anti-vegan graffiti. Globally Local was targeted by vandals sometime between Thursday night (23rd June) and Friday morning (24th June). The perpetrators sprayed I [heart] meat on the property. James McInnes, owner of the fast food restaurant, has said that this isn’t the first time his business has been vandalised but this is the first time the graffiti specifically targeted veganism. So often vegans are accused of shoving their message down people’s throats. Vegan activism has a bad reputation for being...

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9 “Lies” Vegans Love Telling And Why We Should Keep On Telling Them

Vegans; we love a good debate! Following a lifestyle that the majority of people don’t adopt leaves us open to lots of questions, so with this in mind it’s always good to check from time to time that what you’re saying about veganism is accurate and that you’re not blindly defending veganism simply because it’s veganism. So when the team at Livekindly came across an article calling us out on all the “lies we tell”, we sat down with a nice oat milk coffee ready to be schooled. Frankly, what I learned shocked me. Apparently vegans avoid trans fats,...

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“Crazy” Beef Farmer Gives Cattle Away to Vegan Sanctuary

Former dairy and beef farmer has found a new home for his herd at a vegan sanctuary so that he can concentrate his efforts on arable farming. Jay Wilde of Derbyshire, England inherited the farm from his father six years ago. At the time it was operating as a dairy farm but Wilde was uncomfortable with the process he had to put the cows through in order to produce the milk. He found the slaughter process of dairy cows farming is too intense for cows. Shortly after taking over the farm, Wilde decided to switch to beef farming which,...

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New Legislation Bans “Dairy Style Names” in Vegan Products to “Avoid Misleading Consumers”

Should plant based alternatives to dairy products have names that we traditionally associate with animal-derived products like milk, butter and cheese? The European Court of Justice don’t think so. German based food company TofuTown was facing complaints from VSW, a German consumer protection group, on the grounds that some of their products including ‘Soyatoo Tofu Butter’ and ‘Veggie Cheese’ were not in line with 2013 EU regulations. It might come as a surprise that according to EU rules labels such as milk, butter and cheese may only be used when advertising products that contain animal milk. There are some...

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Can Junk Food Ever Really Be Vegan?

Nowadays it seems we hear the word vegan as often as we hear the word millennial, and indeed it seems that worldwide we have an increasing interest in both topics. However, where veganism was once associated solely with alfalfa eating ‘hippies’ who perpetually smelt of patchouli, there are now many different types of vegan, and that’s just what we eat. From junk food vegans and raw vegans to HCLF and Paleo it seems we’ve taken this amazing diet and made it suitable for just about everyone. Looking at a definition of veganism, it is described as ‘a way of...

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Russell Simmons Thinks We Can End Hunger and Health Issues of America’s Poor with Plant Foods

Food stamp programs in the USA are failing to keep families healthy and are forcing poor members of society to eat foods that are bad for them. This has led to people of lower income now being 70 percent more likely to develop diabetes than higher earners in the US. Retailers are given financial incentives in poor areas to stock products that help tackle hunger, but instead of focussing on foods that will help people thrive in the long term they are simply promoting foods with a high calorie content as a short term solution. Food available to people in...

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Are Heavy Periods Unhealthy and Can a Raw Vegan Diet Stop Them?

Freelee Banana Girl made headlines again recently after a 2014 video entitled “How I lost my period on a RAW VEGAN Diet” gained attention from skeptics. In the video Freelee discusses how a sudden change to a raw vegan diet back in 2007 caused her periods to stop for 9 months and then come back at the same time as she reintroduced cooked food into her diet. The YouTube star goes on to talk about the ways in which a high fat diet (a diet where more than 10% of your calorie intake is from fat) and cooked foods...

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10 Year Old Genesis Butler Inspires Veganism at Tedx Talk in California

Witty, confident and only 10 years old. Last month Genesis Butler took to the stage at California State University as part of a Tedx event to tell people why she’s vegan and why they should be too. She began her journey to veganism just aged three, when her inquisitive nature led to a conversation about where her favourite food really came from. Chicken nuggets were suddenly off the menu for Butler along with all other meat and her mother joined her as a vegetarian. Just a year later, four year old Butler had some more questions for her mum...

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Leonardo DiCaprio Backs Vegan Snack Brand

The vegan snack brand Hippeas, so named because of their use of chickpeas, has recently received an investment for a minority stake from Leonardo DiCaprio. The actor, famous for failing to win an oscar until 2016, has long been suspected a vegan, but, due to his private nature, has yet to confirm this. However, for many years DiCaprio has been an environmental activist and he used his acceptance speech for Best Actor at the 2016 Oscars ceremony to highlight the importance of addressing climate change. DiCaprio’s endorsement of the snack brand is just one of the many positive actions we’ve...

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Humane Society’s Kristie Middleton Shares Her Approach on Encouraging People to Ditch Meat

Following the recent article discussing the relationship between vegans and reductionists, I had the chance to catch up with Kristie Middleton, author of MeatLess: Transform the Way You Eat and Live One Meal at a Time. She shared with me her approach to encouraging others towards a less meat oriented lifestyle and the issues people face when making the switch. Middleton’s positive spirit and her attitude towards the vegan movement, seeing it on a much larger scale than the food or products each individual is incorporating into their daily life, paints a solid picture of how reductionism does and could play a...

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UK General Election 2017: What Will The Candidates Do For Veganism?

At this moment, all across the UK, there is a great deal of confusion and uncertainty. Last year Britain voted to leave the EU and have since been lead by Theresa May, a leader many considered unelected. Just a month ago May called for a general election to be held on 8th June giving the British public just 51 days to decided on their vote. Following Jeremy Corbyn’s announcement today that a Labour government would financially back plant-based businesses we looked at the impact each of the four major parties might have on the vegan movement.   The Labour...

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Cruelty to Animals Now Class A Felony

Last year the FBI started to collect data on felons convicted of animal cruelty following the decision to change the classification of the crime to a Class A felony. Class A felonies are considered the worst crimes to commit in the USA such as homicide, kidnapping in the first degree and involuntary servitude of a minor. This decision allows the FBI to track criminals convicted of animal abuse which allows so that they might stop them committing violent crimes against other humans. Links between animal abuse and abusive behaviour towards humans have been documented many times with people who...

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The UK Hosts The World’s Biggest Ever Vegan Party

Animal Aid is celebrating it’s 40th birthday this year with the world’s biggest ever vegan party: the Vegan Festival of Britain. The festival starts this Saturday (20th May) and continues through to 10th June, with vegan events all across the UK able to register as part of the festival. The name is derived from the post-war Festival of Britain, held in 1951, which celebrated the prospect of a peaceful future. Animal Aid wanted to draw comparison with this historic event and celebrate the ways in which “veganism can offer the opportunity to move from the dark and barbaric world...

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Investors Push Plant Based Alternatives for a FAIRRer World

FAIRR, an initiative founded by British Philanthropist Jeremy Coller, is pushing large businesses to move towards plant based alternatives to meat and dairy. The group has been created amid fears that by 2050 we will have problems feeding the western world should we continue to invest in meat-heavy lifestyles. The group’s seventy-one members have a combined worth of $1.9 trillion and make up a large portion of the investors of the same businesses they are pressuring, including McDonald’s, Dominos and Tesco. In 2016 the group wrote a letter to a selection of retailers detailing the importance of plant-based food...

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Is Reductionism Anti-Vegan? The Issue With Going ‘Meatless’

Earlier this year Kristie Middleton released MeatLess, a book written to encourage people to cut down on their meat consumption. The book provides tips, tricks and recipes for anyone looking to reduce their intake of animal products without having to cut them out entirely. Online, many readers have hailed the book a great success. Even Paul McCartney (husband of the late animal rights activist Linda McCartney and joint founder of Linda’s namesake vegetarian food range) has deemed it ‘a book to inspire positive change!’ A surprising enthusiasm from the longtime vegetarian given that, in her book, Middleton is keen...

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Just a Couple of Picky… Italians

Business owners Cristiano and Andrea decided to take the leap and make their pizza restaurant, PickyWops, entirely vegan. Already vegetarians at the business’ inception, the pair had previously offered 12 vegan options on their menu but having both committed to a vegan lifestyle outside of work they felt it was time that their business reflected that. The London based business offers six kinds of pizza bases. All the flour mixes are developed by the chefs in order to achieve a combination of the best taste with the greatest health benefit, all providing their own unique flavour and texture. You...

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PETA Awards Non-Vegan Companies

Veganism and the public’s investment in vegan products are on the rise, but the portion of the world population following a vegan diet remains modest. Despite its small following, however, there are a vast array of differing opinions within the community as to how to ‘be vegan’ and the best way for vegans to conduct themselves. Whether for ethical, environmental or health reasons the majority of vegans wish to promote a vegan lifestyle and spread a vegan message. One section of the community in particular comes under scrutiny in this respect: large organizations who are seen to represent the vegan community...

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Everything’s Vegan Except the Five Pound Note

On Thursday, as I stood waiting to take payment for coffee and cake at the all-vegan bakery I work at, a customer remarked to me despondently “Everything’s vegan except the five pound note.” A sentence that says a lot about how our world is changing while those at the top have yet to catch up. Last month the Bank of England broke the news that they had listened to the British public’s outcry concerning tallow (a form of fat derived from cows or sheep) in the new polymer five pound notes and had chosen to replace the animal product...

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Is It Possible To Eat Meat and Still Be Healthy?

On 12th April, pro-vegan organization The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) filed a lawsuit against two school districts in Southern California (Los Angeles and Poway) in an attempt to remove processed meats from the schools’ menus. PCRM, with the support of a Californian teacher and two other individuals, claim that serving processed meats in the schools’ cafeterias violates the California Education Code Section 49590 which states that ‘the nutritional levels of meals served to school age children…be of the highest quality and greatest nutritional value possible.’ But is it possible to provide the ‘greatest nutritional value’ with a...

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