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10-Year-Old Female Entrepreneur Starts Vegan and Biodegradable Glitter Brand

Sofia Rizzo is the 10-year-old founder of Glitter Girl, an international cruelty-free makeup brand that sells vegan, biodegradable, and hypo-allergenic glitter. A native of Australia’s Gold Coast, Sofia told a Beach City reporter that she came up with the concept of Glitter Girl while on vacation in Hawaii. When asked by her mother what type of business she would want to own, Sofia responded that the idea of selling glitter had been on her mind for quite some time. According to the website, Glitter Girl was created “for people all around the world who loved all things Makeup, Glitter...

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New Vegan Pâté Range Launched by 35-Year-Old Meat Brand

Patchwork Food Company, a family-owned and operated maker of small-batch, handcrafted pâtés, has launched a range of four vegan pâté flavors to be distributed to the foodservice industry. The Wales-based company will offer vegetable pâté flavors like “Red Lentil & Sundried tomato with Chilli, Brown Lentil, Mushroom & Garlic, Brown Lentil & Hazelnut, and Red Pesto” to restaurants, caterers, and other foodservice markets across the UK. In a blog post, Managing Director of Patchwork Foods, Rufus Carter, said: “Veganism is a trend that cannot be ignored by the food trade and we are delighted that we are able to respond quickly...

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Ellen Pompeo Partners With Wildlife Fund to Support Endangered Species

Star of the hit medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy” and animal advocate Ellen Pompeo has partnered with online fundraising platform Omaze in order to raise money for wildlife conservation. According to the website, fans can donate to win an opportunity to meet with Pompeo for themselves and one guest, then visit a wildlife sanctuary in Los Angeles. Winners will be provided with a flight to Los Angeles and accommodations in a four-star hotel. “[Y]ou’re going to learn how to save a life with Ellen Pompeo! (And by life we mean wildlife.),” the website says. “You and your luckiest pal will meet Ellen at a wildlife sanctuary,...

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Vegan Bodybuilders Bring Plant-Based Fitness Secrets to Health Conference in May

A panel of six prominent vegan bodybuilders will be featured at the upcoming Your Plant-Based Guide Conference, set to take place in Costa Mesa, Calif., next month. The special panel will feature two-time vegan bodybuilder Robert Cheeke, vegan trainer and athlete Vanessa Espinoza, vegan bodybuilder Will Tucker and Ella Magers, founder of Sexy Fit Vegan who has been named “one of the 50 Hottest Trainers in America”  by Shape Magazine. Also included in the lineup is plant-based Dr. Angie Sadeghi, who was a finalist in PETA’s Sexiest Vegan Next Door Contest and celebrity trainer Thomas Tadlock, who is recognized as one of...

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Japanese Government Ends Year-Long Pesticide Poisoning Test on Dogs

The Japanese government will no longer conduct year-long poisoning tests for pesticides on dogs, it announced this month. The one-year program was developed in order to test the toxicity of agrochemicals. According to Humane Society International (HSI), the tests subjugate groups of beagles to daily doses of pesticides in order to gauge the toxicity to humans. Dogs involved are either fed capsules or food laced with a pesticide or forced to inhale fumes for one year, after which they are killed and dissected in order to examine the effect on their internal organs. According to Rescue + Freedom Project, a non-profit...

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World’s First Vegan Delivery-Only Restaurant Arrives in Amsterdam

The world’s first vegan, delivery-only restaurant, specializing in American-style comfort food classics, opened in Amsterdam earlier this year. Called Las Vegan, the restaurant was created by Tom van der Sluijs, a former chef at Amsterdam’s wildly successful Vegan Junk Food Bar. Having a strong foundation in creating vegan comfort food that looks and tastes like American diner food, Van der Sluijs created Las Vegan as part of his greater mission in life. “I am on a quest for the vegan replacement for guilty pleasures, to let everyone enjoy comfort food in a responsible way,” he said. While American comfort food is notoriously heavy in meat...

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London Donut Shop Opens to 2 New Vegan Locations

London-based purveyor of handmade doughnuts, Crosstown Doughnuts, has opened two vegan locations: a shop in the affluent London neighborhood of Marylebone and a stall in Brockley Market. The openings occurred within less than a month of each other, further adding to the growing number of vegan food options in London. Reported by British Baker, the Marylebone location (Vegan Crosstown) is the only Crosstown location to stock all nine of the company’s vegan flavors daily, including special seasonal flavors like Coconut & Lime, Blood Orange, and the berry-filled Forest Fruit. “Vegan Crosstown is an expansion of our current offerings that we’ve been working towards since we first introduced a selection of...

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Vegan Tuna Company Wins ‘Outstanding Innovation’ Award from Whole Foods Market

Ocean Hugger Foods, the plant-based seafood company behind Ahimi Tuna, a vegan tomato-based tuna, has just received an award for “Outstanding Innovation” from Whole Foods Market. According to a press release, the grocery store giant celebrated its sixth annual Supplier Awards last night in Austin, Texas. The company hosts this annual gala to honor companies that exemplify the Whole Food’s commitment to “quality, environmental stewardship, ethical sourcing, and culinary innovation,” “Our shoppers look to Whole Foods Market for new and delicious products, and we are honored to recognize our top supplier partners who demonstrate industry-leading innovation and impactful work,” said...

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Good Food Institute and Vegan Industry Leaders Call for Fair Labeling Practices

The Good Food Institute (GFI) and other vegan industry leaders are urging the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to commit to fair labeling practices. The ask comes in response to a recent petition issued by the US Cattleman’s Association (USCA) demanding that the USDA prohibit clean meat products from being labeled as meat. Last month, USCA, a lobbyist group that aims to “enhance and expand the cattle industry’s voice on Capitol Hill,” presented a 15-page petition signed by various members of the organization to the USDA, imploring the department to take a hard stance on the labeling of plant-based and clean...

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Las Vegas Casino Adds More Vegan Options to the Menu Due to High Demand

One company just made it easier to eat vegan at a casino. Station Casinos, a major gaming company based in Las Vegas that owns a number of casinos, recently updated the menus of several locations to include new vegan dishes. “If you thought there was nothing more to Vegas food than yard-long margaritas and 2,000-calorie burgers, you thought wrong,” the company wrote in a blog post. “This year we’ve redesigned our menus to bring you more vegan and vegetarian options. From Mexican to Italian, Station Casinos is bringing you more options than ever before.” At the company’s flagship and headquarters, Red...

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San Francisco Startup Develops Vegan Salmon Burger That Tastes Like the Real Thing

New San Franciso-based startup, Terramino Foods, has developed a plant-based salmon burger that mimics the taste, texture, and smell of real salmon. Reported by Fast Company, Terramino Foods was co-founded by Kimberlie Le and Joshua Nixon, who met as students at the University of California-Berkeley (UC Berkeley). There, they attended an undergraduate class called Plant-Based Seafood Collider and worked with experts in food chemistry to understand how to make plant-based ingredients look, cook, and taste like fish. Soon, the pair will graduate from IndioBio, a four-month program that provides $250,000 in seed funding, workspace, and mentoring to biotech startups. “We were looking...

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All-Female Vegan Climbers to Scale Active Volcano in the Philippines

A two-day, women-only vegan climbing event is set to take place later this week in the Philippines. Reported by Rappler, a mountaineering event called “Bobay Climb” will take place in the Davao region, located on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, and kick off in the municipality of Maco, Compostela Valley. The climb includes an arduous trip to the active volcano Amakan, which has an eight-hectare caldera (the part of the volcano that erupts). In order to reach it, Dompor says that climbers will need to repel, a mountaineering technique used for descending steep mountain faces. The trip also includes...

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Vegan Impossible Burger Makes First International Debut in Hong Kong

Starting tomorrow, Hong Kong will be the first place outside the United States to serve the vegan Impossible Burger. The award-winning plant-based burger by Impossible Foods will be offered at three of the city’s highly acclaimed restaurants: Little Bao, Happy Paradise, and Beef & Liberty. Both Little Bao and Happy Paradise are owned and operated by Chef May Chow, a highly-respected culinarian who was named Asia’s Best Female Chef in 2017 by The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards. For her restaurants Little Bao and Happy Paradise, Chef Chow has developed recipes that showcase the true versatility of the Impossible Burger. “We’re...

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Vegan ‘The Walking Dead’ Star Befriends Rescued Animals at a Farm Sanctuary

Animal activist and actor Christian Serratos, best known for her role portraying Rosita Espinosa in the hit horror TV show The Walking Dead, recently paid a visit to the residents of The Gentle Barn Los Angeles, an animal sanctuary that provides a safe home to animals rescued from abuse and neglect. Serratos spent the day interacting with the sanctuary’s llamas, pigs, goats, cows, chickens, and turkeys. In honor of the Serratos’s visit, The Gentle Barn founder Ellie Laks announced that the newly rescued mother cow would be named “Rosita,” after her character in The Walking Dead. “We at The Gentle...

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Leading Vegan Lifestyle Experts to Host Free Summit on Benefits of Plant-Based Diet

The Food Revolution Summit, a free online seminar, is set to take place later this month. The event will be hosted by author John Robbins and cover topics ranging from plant-based nutrition, healthy vegan weight loss, and chronic disease prevention. The 2018 Food Revolution Summit will kick off its seventh annual event on April 28, concluding on May 6. The summit was co-founded by father-son duo, John and Ocean Robbins. John is the founder of the Food Revolution Network and author of “Diet for a New America”; Ocean is the author of “Voices of the Food Revolution.” The two launched the summit to provide...

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Central Michigan University Promotes Vegan Burgers in New Campus Campaign

In an effort to promote sustainable food and more vegan protein options, residence hall cafeterias at Central Michigan University are featuring plant-based burger specials from April 16-20. According to student newspaper Central Michigan Life, all dining halls will “Make the Flip” and offer a specialty vegan black bean burger every day of the week. Burgers are themed according to international flavor profiles. Students can expect unique Greek-style burgers as well as familiar “Corner Diner” American burgers. These limited-time vegan options at will be offered at the campus’s American Diner station throughout the week. “Our goal is to provide an acceptable menu...

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Vegan Ultra-Marathoner Takes 1st Place, Covers 192 Miles in 72 Hours

Vegan ultramarathoner Catra Corbett placed first in the female division of this past week’s 72-hour Beyond Limits Ultra race. The plant-based athlete covered 192 miles, breaking a personal record. The ultramarathon took place over the course of three days at Pathfinder Ranch, a wildlife preserve situated in California’s San Jacinto mountains, just south of Palm Springs. Participating runners repeatedly traversed a two-mile trail loop over 72 hours. According to the website, the Beyond Limits Ultra is considered “one of the most unique ultra events in the southwest.” Following the race, Corbett tweeted about her victory. She placed first among female runners, fourth among all runners, and...

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Animal Activist and Musician Moby to DJ the First-Ever ‘Vegan Prom’

Vegan musician and animal rights activist Moby is set to DJ the “first-ever” vegan prom with fellow vegan DJ, Valida. The star announced the collaboration via Twitter last week: “On May 12th, I’ll be djing the first ever #vegan prom,” he wrote. The special event, “The Humane League’s Vegan Prom,” is hosted by the local Los Angeles chapter of animal rights non-profit, The Humane League. “As it’s a prom, I will for sure play @beyonce at least twice,” he added. According to the official event page on Facebook, The Humane League is inviting guests to “come celebrate with us at...

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New Vegan Burger Joint to Open in California Following Debut at Coachella

Soon, Southern California residents will have a new vegan fast food burger joint to check out: Monty’s Good Burger. The eatery will open inside the Riverside Food Lab, giving the Inland Empire its first taste of the Impossible Burger. The 100 percent plant-based burger company made its official debut this weekend at Coachella. EatDrinkVegan, the official account of the Los Angeles vegan food and drink festival, praised Monty’s Good Burger via Instagram: “@montysgoodburger [is a] 100% plant-based burger stand that will make ’em say ‘In-N-Out who?” Riverside Food Lab is an upcoming communal food hall featuring local, artisanal eateries and bars that is scheduled...

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Actor Joaquin Phoenix Reveals the Moment That Made Him Go Vegan 40 Years Ago

Longtime vegan and animal rights activist Joaquin Phoenix revealed his reason for going vegan during a recent interview with Collider to discuss his new thriller, “You Were Never Really Here.” The interview touched upon a variety of topics. Phoenix spoke to his interest in Marvel movies, childhood collections, weekend plans, the new movie, and finally, what inspired him to ditch animal products. “I’m really into animal rights, and I know you are too,” Steve Weintraub, the interviewer, began. “This is completely not about moviemaking, but it’s something I want to talk about because I love animals. What was it about, that got...

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Sainsbury’s to Introduce ‘Touch-Free’ Meat Packaging (Because Meat Grosses People Out)

Major UK-based supermarket Sainsbury’s has introduced a new concept for customers who are grossed out by raw meat: touch-free packaging. In a press release, the company announced that in order to appeal to the “squeamish millennial consumer,” raw packaged meat will now be sold in plastic pouches called “doypacks.” The straight-to-pan plastic pouches will allow customers to open a package, slide the enclosed seasoned meat into a pan, and cook it without having to touch it. “Customers, particularly younger ones, are quite scared of touching raw meat,” said Katherine Hall, Product Development Manager for Meat, Fish, and Poultry at Sainsbury’s....

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Gordon Ramsay Says He’s ‘Going to Give This Vegan Thing a Try’

Restaurateur and famed TV chef Gordon Ramsay just tweeted that he is trying the vegan diet, posting a picture of an artisan cheeseless pizza alongside his tweet. Ramsay wrote, “Going to give this whole #vegan thing a try,” adding “Yes guys you heard that right. Gx.” Prior to that, Ramsay had posted a short video of a roaring fire in a wood stone oven, teasing that “There’s something cooking in The City of #London. Can you guess what it could be?”  Going to give this #vegan thing a try … Yes guys you heard that right. Gx pic.twitter.com/iJZb8WMlH8 — Gordon...

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23-Year-Old Vegan Bodybuilder Looks to Win Dutch Championships

Leonore Verheijen, a vegan bodybuilder from the Netherlands, is set to compete at the Dutch Championships on Sunday and show everyone that being vegan doesn’t mean you can’t build muscle. As reported by RTLNieuws, the 23-year-old athlete has been vegan for two years. In spite of traditionally held ideas that meat is necessary in order to build muscle, Verheijen is ready to prove the competition wrong at the championships. “I want to show the fitness world what you can do with your body as a vegan. Vegans are not all tree huggers,” she said. Like many, Verheijen was raised on a diet that includes...

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Egg Industry Major Cause of Greenhouse Gases, New Study Finds

A new study published in the Journal of Cleaner Production assessed the environmental impact of industrial egg production. A team of scientists from the University of Oviedo used an intensive poultry farm in Asturias with 55,000 hens and an output of more than 13 million eggs per year as a model for the study. The effects of intensive egg production were analyzed across 18 environmental categories, including “ozone depletion, climate change, terrestrial acidification, human toxicity, and land occupation.” “The most affected have been the transformation of the natural earth and the water and land toxicity,” said Amanda Laca, a researcher at the...

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Eating Red Meat Linked to Increased Risk of Distal Colon Cancer in Women

A new study published in the International Journal of Cancer suggests that a diet including red meat may increase the risk of certain types of colon cancer in women. Researchers at the University of Leeds examined data from the United Kingdom Women’s Cohort Study, which consisted of over 32,000 women from England, Wales, and Scotland. Participants were recruited by the World Cancer Research Fund between 1995 and 1998 and tracked for an average of 17 years. Researchers found that regular consumption of red meat was linked to higher rates of distal colon cancer in women, a type of cancer...

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Lotus Biscoff Releases Vegan Cookie Butter Snack Packs

Sweet tooths and vegan snack lovers, rejoice! Lotus, makers of the popular speculoos-style cookies and cookie butter, has just released a portable version of its famous spread. Called “Biscoff & Go,” the vegan sweet snacks were spotted by a shopper in the United States, who posted a photo of the product on the community-based snack directory website, The Junk Food Aisle, which encourages followers to submit photos whenever they find a new product. Like the popular Lotus Biscoff Cookies (known as “Speculoos” in Europe) and the speculoos-based Biscoff Cookie Butters, the new snack packs are free from any animal products, making them...

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Vegan Goth-Themed Coffee and Pastry Shop Opens in Phoenix

Dark Hall Coffee, a goth-themed vegan coffee and pastry shop, is now open for business in Phoenix, Arizona. True to its spooky vibe, the atmospheric cafe is decorated with floral wallpaper and custom black countertops. It serves coffee and espresso from local coffee roaster, Xanadu Coffee, and a variety of housemade vegan pastries like cinnamon rolls, cookies, shortbread, cake, and French macarons. According to Phoenix New Times, a “fully vegan menu” is on the way. Housemade nut milks and oat milks are available for a wide range of espresso drinks. Specialty drinks include brown sugar lemonade, espresso and tonic, and...

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This Mother-Son Duo Is Bringing Affordable Plant-Based Milk to India

Abhay Rangan, a 21-year-old animal rights activist and entrepreneur from Bangalore, India, is bringing affordable plant-based milk to customers across the country through his company Veganarke. The company was conceptualized by Abhay when he was only 18-years-old after realizing “that vegan alternatives were several times more expensive than dairy,” the company website notes. Veganarke currently manufactures a line of plant-based, shelf-stable almond and coconut milk under the brand GoodMylk. “On popular demand, we have launched coconut milk, which has been specially designed to impart a strong aroma, but a mild taste that suits coffee and tea drinkers,” Abhay told The Better India....

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Vegan Soft Serve Arrives at Halo Top’s New Scoop Shop

The second Halo Top Scoop Shop brick-and-mortar location from the popular low-calorie ice cream brand is set to open in Los Angeles later this month at the massive outdoor shopping mall Westfield Century City. While this isn’t the popular grocery store ice cream brand’s first foray into the brick-and-mortar market Eater LA reports that the new location will be the first to feature vegan soft serve. Last year, the cult hit ice cream brand opened its first brick-and-mortar at the Westfield Topanga mall. The storefront location offers pints and scoops of both its dairy and non-dairy ice cream flavors. It also offered something...

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Welsh Government Moves Closer to Live Animal Export Ban

The Welsh government has launched an official call for evidence to support a United Kingdom-wide ban on the live export of animals for overseas slaughter in order to improve Welsh animal welfare. The official government website points out that while a ban on live exports of animals for slaughter is not currently feasible, because the UK is restricted by European Union free trade rules, a ban can be put in place once the UK leaves the EU. According to the BBC, the UK was expected to enter a transition period spanning from March 29 to December 2020 in order to...

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Vegan Takeout Orders on the Rise in Ireland

Irish customers are ordering more plant-based food than ever before in 2018, according to international food delivery service Just Eat. In a press release, the company revealed the top trends that Irish customers are ordering in 2018 so far. Orders for “vegetarian food” have risen by 25 percent. Vegan pizza, vegan korma, and falafel bowls are among the most-requested foods by Irish customers. According to Just Eat marketing director Edel Kinane, the spike in vegan food orders comes as no surprise to the company: “We predicted a strong demand in healthy options, vegetarian and vegan food for 2018, and our data...

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Vegan Food Named Top New Zealand Restaurant Trend of 2018

New Zealand food hospitality industry professionals have identified sustainable and plant-based food as among the top restaurant trends of the year, according to a recent survey. Reported by the New Zealand Herald, a total of 2,000 members of the Restaurant Association of New Zealand, a membership-based organization that provides support to those working in the industry, were asked to identify what they foresee as the biggest food and drink trends in hospitality for 2018. Of those asked, 64 percent believe that there will be a rise in demand for “locally-sourced, sustainable, and plant-based cuisine,” while 44 percent foresee a “focus on...

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Former Director of Lab-Grown Meat at JUST Starts New Clean Meat Company

The former director of lab-grown meat at vegan company JUST (formerly known as Hampton Creek) has started his own company. Reported by Gizmodo, Eitan Fischer, who acted as director of cellular agriculture at the San Francisco-based company, filed to register a business called Mission Barn Inc. on March 28. As of April 4, registration was completed. Details are scarce, but Fischer said that he would “publicly share more about the company in a few weeks.”  Jacy Reese, co-founder and research director of New York City-based think tank, Sentience Institute, revealed insight into Fischer’s departure: “Many of the leaders of the clean meat...

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Vegan Beyond Burger Arrives in Germany Following Partnership With Major Meat Distributor

PHW Group, a major meat distributor is playing a big role in making Germany the first country in Europe to sell the Beyond Meat Beyond Burger. Last year, the California-based vegan meat company teased that the vegan Beyond Burger would enter the European market in the first quarter of 2018. According to a press release issued today, “the family business of Lower Saxony will sell The Beyond Burger in Germany.” “Over many months, we have been working hard to select a strategic partner for our international expansion,” said Ethan Brown, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Beyond Meat. “I am very pleased that with...

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Increase in Vegan Food Credited for Tesco’s Revenue Spike

Vegan ready-made meals are one of the key revenue drivers at Tesco, the UK’s leading supermarket. Amid what has been described as “a Brexit-fueled surge in costs,” Tesco has not only maintained but increased profit margins with the support of its name brand products and its latest vegan range created by Wicked Healthy. “The supermarket operator’s profit jumped in the latest financial year as it sold more ready meals from ranges like Hearty Food Co. and plant-based products from the new Wicked Kitchen line,” Bloomberg, reported. Last year, the major retailer increased its share of the UK food market when it “revamped more than 10,000...

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Vegan Beyond Sausages Arrive at All Veggie Grill Locations

You can now find the vegan Beyond Sausage on the menu of all popular fast-casual vegan Veggie Grill locations, according to an announcement via Beyond Meat’s Instagram story. “BIG news,” the vegan meat company wrote. “#BeyondSausage is now available at ALL @veggiegrill locations!!!” Earlier this year, two Californian vegan Veggie Grill locations became the first of the chain’s more than 30 restaurants to feature the “Wunderbrat,” an Original Bratwurst Beyond Sausage served “on a Pretzilla bun with Sierra Nevada vegan cheese sauce, caramelized onions, mustard, pickled red cabbage, and crispy fries.” It’s now available at all Veggie Grill locations. In the same...

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Actor Mena Suvari Says She Loves Her New Vegan, Cruelty-Free, and Sustainable Life

Mena Suvari, star of the upcoming Paramount Network sitcom “American Woman” recently revealed to Stylish by Us Weekly that she has been following a vegan diet. “I’ve been vegan for almost 10 months now and I went completely cruelty-free in my life even with my beauty products and my whole wardrobe,” Suvari told Stylish. She continued, explaining how going plant-based has led her to make sustainable clothing and eco-conscious fashion choices. “I feel really good making the personal changes that I did and I’ve always loved fashion, so I wanted to make it a point, for whatever it’s worth, and show people that you...

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Vegan Impossible Burgers Arrive at Select White Castle Locations

Starting tomorrow, the vegan Impossible Burger will be served at select White Castle fast food locations. Reported by GrubStreet, the plant-based patties will be served as a slider at 140 locations scattered throughout New York, New Jersey, and Chicago. “Innovation has been core to everything we’ve done at White Castle since our founding in 1921,” White Castle CEO Lisa Ingram said in a press release. “The fact that we are the first fast food chain to offer the Impossible Burger to our loyal customers epitomizes our history of being on the ‘bleeding edge’ of a rapidly evolving industry.” Impossible Foods...

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53% of Canadians Eat Vegan Meat Alternatives, Says New Study

More than half of Canadians are eschewing meat in favor of vegan meat, according to a new study by market research firm Mintel. According to the study, 53 percent of Canadians eat plant-based meat while one in five (18 percent) claim that they eat it a few times a week. “Meat alternatives can be viewed as being the tip of the spear in terms of food innovation. While there’s no indication that Canadians will shun meat ‘en masse’ any time in the near future, consumers increasingly want more flexibility in their diet. Limiting meat consumption is one form of...

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UK Interior Designer Wins Award For Use of Vegan Leather

British interior designer Helen Winters has just become the first in the UK to be certified for her use of vegan, cruelty-free leather. According to a press release, Winters received official certification from VeganDesign.org – a US-based website that acts as a platform for all things related to affordable vegan interior design – for offering leather-free options for clients at the Bournemouth-based design studio, Coral Interiors. Winters was also awarded “Designer of the Month,” which earned her a spotlight on the website. According to the official website, the company will license its logo to “businesses that are seeking to grow by showing the socially conscious...

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Major UK Supermarket Chain Iceland Bans Palm Oil to Save Orangutans

UK supermarket chain Iceland is taking a stand for rainforests and orangutans by becoming the first major supermarket to cut palm oil from its own private-label products. The chain hopes to phase out palm oil from Iceland-brand products in all 900 of its stores by the end of the year. The ingredient was present in more than half of the products and eliminating it from own-brand products would reduce the amount of palm oil used each year by 500 tonnes, the company said. It will be replaced with ingredients that “do not destroy the rainforest.” “Until Iceland can guarantee palm oil...

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Israeli Minister Wants to Ban Cruel Long-Haul Animal Shipments Following Exposé Footage

Israel’s public security minister called for a complete halt of live animal shipments from Australia to Israel, following the airing of undercover footage on “60 Minutes” in Israel on Sunday night. The segment was released by animal rights non-profit Animals Australia, thanks to undercover footage captured by a “concerned crew member”. The footage uncovered the everyday cruelties faced by Australian sheep who are routinely packed into overcrowded transport trucks to be shipped to Israel. In order to fuel both the Israeli and Australian meat industries, the animals are treated no better than cargo. “Sheep are packed so tightly that many can’t...

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Wedding to Support Environmental Conservation

As the royal wedding date fast approaches, Prince Harry and fiancée Meghan Markle are asking that anyone who wishes to celebrate donate to a list of seven charities that they have personally selected. Per the royal family’s official website, “Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle are incredibly grateful for the goodwill shown to them since the announcement of their engagement and are keen that as many people as possible benefit from this generosity of spirit.” Each of the charities selected reflects personal values held by the couple. The Myna Mahila Foundation, for example, is a non-profit that aims to...

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NYC’s Avant Garden to Open Second Upscale Vegan Restaurant

Avant Garden, an upscale vegan restaurant located in New York City’s East Village, will be opening a second location in the hip Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg. Reported by Eater NY, the new location will feature a menu helmed by chef Tony Mongeluzzi, who has been acting as executive chef at the flagship Manhattan location for the past year-and-a-half. The menu will take the same approach to food as the original location, offering small plates and natural wines,  but will offer mostly dishes exclusive to Williamsburg. Alla Lapushchik, owner and beverage director of a popular local bar, will create specialty bottled...

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Canadian Warning Labels on Dairy Could Cause $800 Million Drop in Milk Product Sales

A new set of proposed healthy-eating guidelines that may impact sales of milk and cheese in Canada has the nation’s dairy farmers concerned. Health Canada, the nation’s department of public health, entered a consultation in February for front-of-package labeling, reported The Western Producer. Part of the proposed guidelines includes“placing new warning labels on the front of products sold in Canada for foods that are high in saturated fats, sugars, and sodium.” The new set of guidelines has sounded the alarm for the Canadian dairy industry. While it will not affect labeling for cow’s milk – cheese, flavored milk, and yogurt products will all come with a warning if the proposal passes....

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Khloé Kardashian Reveals She’s ‘Repulsed’ By Meat Since Becoming Pregnant

Khloé Kardashian is the latest celebrity to ditch meat. The 33-year-old co-star of hit reality series “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” recently revealed that she has been following a vegetarian diet because since becoming pregnant, she has been repulsed by meat. “Before pregnancy I really only ate chicken or turkey – no pork, red meat, most fish, lamb etc…,” Kardashian revealed in a blog post exclusively for subscribers to her app, Khloé Kardashian Official App. “But now I find meat absolutely disgusting, LOL.” “Just the sight of it makes me nauseous. So I’ve become somewhat of a vegetarian during pregnancy, but...

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Why This Vegan Female CEO is Investing in a Plant-Based Future

Lisa Feria, the vegan CEO of the mission-driven venture capital firm Stray Dog Capital, wants to make plant-based meat that is delicious and affordable for all. The Puerto Rico native was recently featured by OZY, where she discussed her upbringing, what led her to go vegan, and how that led her to become the head of a venture capital firm that invests solely in plant-based products challenging animal products. Feria graduated with a B.S. in chemical engineering and an MBA from the University of Chicago and found herself working in food management in the Midwest for companies like General Mills...

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Study Shows That a Vegan Meal Plan May Improve Health of Those Living With Type-2 Diabetes

A study carried out by the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), and published in last month’s issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, found that a vegan meal plan may improve the health of people with type-2 diabetes. The study recruited 45 participants living with type-2 diabetes to try a 20-week “nutrition intervention” at a private medical practice in Washington DC. Those partaking were invited to the office after-hours for free weekly after-hours nutrition classes over a course of 20 weeks. One group was put on a vegan meal plan (which included oils and favored...

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Dutch Council for the Environment Urges Citizens to Eat More Vegan Food

In order to propel the Netherlands toward a more sustainable food system and improve public health, the Council for the Environmental Infrastructure, an independent advisory board that provides advice on the outlines of policy, released a new report that asks the government and parliament to be more proactive in helping people cut back on meat consumption. Over the past 40 years, industrialized animal agriculture has dominated our food system. In recent years, factory farming has moved to the forefront of a growing number of studies and discussions about the negative impact that the industry has on the environment. The Council...

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Noel Gallagher’s Daughter Anaïs Models Vegan Leather Shorts For Nasty Gal’s Festival Collection

Top model Anaïs Gallagher, daughter of Oasis co-founder, singer and songwriter Noel Gallagher, was photographed sporting a pair of vegan leather shorts as part of a new campaign for Nasty Gal’s spring/summer 2018 festival collection. Gallagher was chosen to be the face of the new collection because of her “eclectic personal style” and due to the fact that she is vegetarian, reported the Huffington Post. In addition to shorts, the festival collection will also feature a waistcoat and chaps, all made from cruelty-free leather. The new 20-piece collection launched on April 10, three days before major California music festival Coachella. This year’s festival...

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