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Senior Editor | New York City, NY | Contactable via: kat@livekindly.com

Kat has been writing about veganism, environment, and sustainability for five years. Their interests include over-analyzing the various socioeconomic forms of oppression, how that overlaps with veganism, and how the media in all of its forms reflects the current culture.

Vegan Deli 'How On Earth' Is Devon’s First

Vegan Deli ‘How On Earth’ Is Devon’s First

Devon is getting its first vegan deli. How On Earth, a family-run business, will open in Exeter this week. The deli, originally a home business, was founded in 2017 by mother-daughter duo, Heidi and Chloe...
The Biggest Ever Ocean Plastic Clean Up Just Removed 103 Tons of Waste

The Biggest Ever Ocean Plastic Clean-Up Just Removed 103 Tons of Waste

On a Tuesday morning in late June, a ship pulled into Pier 29 in Honolulu from the largest-ever ocean plastic clean-up. The Ocean Voyages Institute (OVI), a Sausalito, California-based ocean conservation nonprofit, collected 103 tons...
New Jersey Becomes First State to Make Climate Change Education Mandatory in School

New Jersey Becomes First State to Make Climate Change Education Mandatory in School

Next year, New Jersey students at every public school grade level will learn about climate change. In early June, the Board of Education adopted "Next Generation Science Standards" to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards....
You'll Make These 13 Vegan Fried Chicken Recipes Over and Over

You’ll Make These 13 Vegan Fried Chicken Recipes Over and Over

It's safe to speculate that most people don't give up fried chicken because they hate the taste. It's crispy, salty, oily⁠—all components of great comfort food that are even better together. Thankfully, ditching chicken...
Africa’s Vegetarian Roots Are Deeper Than Most of the World’s

Africa’s Been At This Vegetarian Thing Longer Than Most of the World

As vegan meat, dairy, and other alternatives gain an increased presence in Western supermarkets, one might get the idea that plant-based diets are something new. But in many regions across the globe, eating little...
Vegan Chef Omari McQueen Releases ‘Best Bites’ Cookbook

Vegan Chef Omari McQueen Releases ‘Best Bites’ Cookbook

Twelve-year-old entrepreneur and vegan chef Omari McQueen will release his first cookbook early next year. Titled "Omari McQueen’s Best Bites Cookbook," it will feature more than 30 easy-to-make recipes. McQueen aims to show others, particularly...
Amazon Greens the NHL With New Climate Pledge Arena

Amazon Greens the NHL With New Climate Pledge Arena

Global delivery giant Amazon has renamed Seattle's KeyArena, future home of the city's unnamed NHL (National Hockey League) team, the Climate Pledge Arena. The newly-christened stadium will run on renewable energy⁠—a mixture of on-site solar...
Colorado Just Banned All Cages for 6 Million Egg-Laying Chickens

Colorado Just Banned All Cages for 6 Million Egg-Laying Chickens

Colorado just became the sixth state to ban cage confinement for egg-laying hens. HB20-1343, called Egg-laying Hen Confinement Standards, passed the state legislature last month and was signed into law by Governor Jared Polis today....
Joe Rogan: Factory Farming Is the Worst Thing Humans Are Capable Of

Joe Rogan to Jon Stewart: Factory Farming Is the Worst Thing

Comedian, director, and activist Jon Stewart was recently a guest on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast. Rogan and Stewart discussed politics and factory farming. "Do you have any moral qualms about meat or is...
What Are Ag-Gag Laws?

What Are Ag-Gag Laws?

Whistleblowers have long played a role in exposing the rampant abuses found in factory farms across the U.S., dating back to Upton Sinclair's 1906 novel about the Chicago meat industry, "The Jungle."  In recent...
The University of Helsinki Invests €2 Million Into Developing Healthy Vegan Meat

University of Helsinki Joins €2 Million Project to Develop Healthy Vegan Meat

Soy and wheat protein, the ingredients behind tofu and seitan, have dominated the vegan meat market for years. With the emergence of brands such as California-based Beyond Meat and Germany's LikeMeat, pea protein has...
New Documentary ‘The Pollinators’ Follows Billions of Bees

New Documentary ‘The Pollinators’ Follows Billions of Bees

Commercial honey bees are dying.  The new documentary "The Pollinators", directed by commercial beekeeper Peter Nelson, explores why these pollinators are dying off. Crops such as cherries and blueberries are 90 percent dependant on commercial...
Life As a Bull Stud: What Really Happens In Cattle Breeding?

Life As a Bull Stud: What Really Happens In Cattle Breeding?

What is life like for a bull stud, the cattle used to breed new animals for the meat and dairy industries? The bull semen market is very lucrative. Animal agriculture forcefully breeds animals to have...
4 Major Meat Companies Accused of Price Fixing

4 Major Meat Companies Accused of Price Fixing

Four major meat producers—Tyson Foods Inc. (which owns Pilgrim's Pride), Cargill Inc., JBS SA, and National Beef Inc., known as the "Big Four"—were subpoenaed by the U.S Department of Justice (DOJ) on allegations of...
Papa John’s Is Launching Vegan Spicy Cheese Pizzas

Papa John’s Is Launching Vegan Spicy Cheese Pizzas

Papa John's is launching vegan chili cheese pizzas in the UK. Instagram account @vegan_food_uk posted about the upcoming launch last week. According to the photo, the new pizza features an Amarillo chili base, dairy-free cheese, red...
Buying Beyond Meat Stock: A Guide to the Hottest Vegan Meat Brand

Buying Beyond Meat Stock: A Guide to the Hottest Vegan Meat Brand

In May 2019, vegan meat brand Beyond Meat made history by going public. This marked the first time that a plant-based meat brand hit the stock market, perhaps signaling to investors that next-generation of...
The LIVEKINDLY co. Acquires Swedish Plant-Based Meat Brand, Oumph!

The LIVEKINDLY co. Acquires Swedish Plant-Based Meat Brand, Oumph!

The LIVEKINDLY co. announced today the acquisition of Swedish plant-based meat company Oumph!. The award-winning brand produces a wide range of products, including soy-based burgers, strips, fillets, and pulled meat. Oumph! joins the LIVEKINDLY co.’s...
American Cancer Society: Avoid Meat to Reduce Cancer Risk

American Cancer Society: Avoid Meat to Reduce Cancer Risk

The American Cancer Society (ACS) unveiled its new guidelines for reducing the risk of cancer. The organization advises people to eat less red and processed meat and more whole, plant-based foods. The new guidelines, published...
Nearly 8 Million Brits Ate More Vegan Food Since COVID19

Nearly 8 Million Brits Ate More Vegan Food Since COVID-19

The UK's interest in vegan food is going strong during the coronavirus pandemic, according to new data from global research firm Mintel. Food Manufacture reports that a new survey of 2,000 has revealed that 12...
How to Ferment and Pickle At Home

How to Ferment Vegetables: Easy Tips and Tricks

When you end up with too much produce as a result of a bountiful harvest or an enthusiastic trip to the farmers market, sometimes you run the risk of your vegetables spoiling before you...
IKEA’s $1 Vegan Hot Dogs Will Soon Be Available for Delivery

IKEA’s $1 Vegan Hot Dogs Will Soon Be Available for Delivery

IKEA Australia plans to launch a food delivery service as well as an expanded vegan range. The Swedish furniture giant announced earlier this week that it is preparing to launch the service by the end...