Lauren Wills

Study Predicts Eating Vegan Can Save Over 8 Million People Every Year

A study has predicted that 8 million fewer people would die annually and global warming could be minimised if everyone ate vegan. Lead author Marco Springmann of the Oxford Martin Program on the Future of Food said, “what we eat greatly influences our personal health and the global environment” and the study certainly supported this. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and based at Oxford University, modeled the effects of four different diets by mid-century. These were: a ‘typical scenario’; one that follows global guidelines including minimum amounts of fruits and vegetables and limits on red meat, sugar and...

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Founder of Vegan Company Field Roast Says Plant-Based Meats Are Not ‘Fake’

“I’m not making fake beef,” the founder of Field Roast Grain Meat Co. has firmly and admirably said. Field Roast produces vegan roasts, sausages, burgers and cheese, but founder and CEO David Lee has denied that this is in the “meat or dairy analog business.” Indeed, both the OED and Webster’s dictionaries define meat first as “solid food” while others refer to the edible parts of fruits and nuts. Lee said: “I’m not making fake beef or Monterey Jack. I’m not trying to mimic or imitate specific animal products, I’m just making products that provide an incredible organoleptic experience.” Rather than focusing on the...

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British Vegan Fashion Brand Launch Winter Collection Just in Time for Christmas

Collection & Co, founded in 2016, is adding to our Christmas lists with their 2017 winter collection of faux leather and non-animal glue vegan shoes and bags! Making fashion sustainable is key to this company, and founder Felecia Papa has said: “[w]e aim to pave the way for a truly sustainable future by implementing less of a carbon footprint than a conventional leather factory.” The company uses recycled materials and synthetic waste in its collections, and appropriately in based in ‘green capital’ city Bristol. And, the products are kind to animals as well as the planet. The materials used include...

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Study Indicates Vegan Brands Should Consider Cultural Diversity for Mass Appeal

If plant-protein companies want to prosper, products should be tailored according to different cultures, researchers have said. Though the booming plant-protein industry certainly seems exciting, a new study from the Institute for Environmental Studies at VU University in Amsterdam has questioned whether the right consumers are being targeted. The researchers suggested that companies need to tailor their products to the different attitudes regarding protein globally, especially given that many plant-protein vegan products made fairly ‘Western’ such as burgers, sausages, and chicken nuggets. The research found that in the South of the EU, the reported frequency of meat consumption was low...

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Almond Milk Popularity Soars as Public Attempt to Tackle Obesity Crisis

Almond milk is not only delicious, but it’s packed with health benefits too: the plant-milk can help weight management, improves bone strength, aids digestion and is ideal for those with lactose intolerance. It’s unsurprising then that the global almond milk market is among the fastest growing segments in the non-dairy milk industry. Generally, this has been linked to an increased awareness about the negative effects of consuming cow’s milk compared to the benefits (and deliciousness) of plant-milk – notably in the ‘battle against obesity’. The growth of almond milk market in the Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) region (APEJ) is...

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Vegan and Cruelty Free Skincare Range Arrives at Sainsbury’s

Lesley Reynolds of Harley Street Clinic has made an exciting announcement about UK supermarket super-giant Sainsbury’s. Reynolds is a ‘recognised authority in the world of anti-aging‘ and her training has taken her from Aromatherapy, Indian head massage and Reflexology through to anti-aging and acne treatments, which have become her specialty. She advocates for cruelty-free, all natural products, which are the most gentle for our skin – and also for animals! She recently informed her followers that there’s a new skincare product they need to get our hands on, tweeting: “@sainsburys are launching a #Vegan skincare line #SourceOfNature soon &...

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Vegan Stars Paul McCartney and Woody Harrelson Partner for Meatless Monday Film

Veggie legend Sir Paul McCartney, as part of his successful ‘Meat Free Monday’ campaign, yesterday released a new short anti-meat film, featuring a previously unreleased song from Paul himself! The rock icon has previously commented that if all slaughterhouses had glass walls we would all be vegetarian and more recently he encouraged a move to veganism: “I can say to people, ‘Just try it’ and show that it can actually be quite fun when you look at what you do, what you eat, how you live and think, ‘is this what I’m gonna do for the rest of my life...

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The UK’s 17 Best Vegan Brands of 2017

It’s always nice to celebrate successful vegan ventures, and VegFest UK’s recent Awards Ceremony has done just that. The awards celebrated the best of a vegan lifestyle in the UK, covering a whopping 17 ‘vegan’ categories including best cheese, desserts, footwear, and vloggers. The ceremony saw speeches from an array of vegan celebs, including Harry Potter actress Evanna Lynch, Made in Chelsea star Lucy Watson, and actor Alan Ford. And, of course, the ceremony named the best vegan products in the UK over the last year. Here’s a handy guide to show you which products you need to check out,...

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Pig Farmer Closes Down Meat Shop Because “Veganism is the Future”

Yet another individual previously involved in animal agriculture has reached the decision that this is no longer the right thing to do. Gustaf Soderfeldt was a pig-farmer in Sweden and managed a small ‘humane’ meat shop. Now, partly due to watching videos on Youtube, he has gone vegan and this, he says, has changed his life. He spoke with Swedish paper Aftonbladet and, explaining his transition, labeled veganism the “future of farming.” Soderfelt discussed how growing vegetables is far more gratifying than raising animals for meat and reflected on the struggles of working in animal agriculture. He said, “[o]ur customers loved to...

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UK Whole Foods Celebrates World Vegan Month With Exclusive Pop-Ups

November is World Vegan Month, and this year it’s turning into a brilliant series of exciting treats, the latest being the news that Whole Foods Markets in London will be hosting exclusive pop-up lunches! Oumph!, the award-winning plant-based meat producers, who recently started stocking their products at Whole Foods, will hit the markets this month to show off their soya-bean based deliciousness. The company prides itself on being both transformative in terms of changing cultural eating habits, and also on creating a unique product: “[w]e are convinced that a great taste experience is key to a food culture where there’s enough...

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Supermarket Giants M&S and Waitrose Launch ‘Realistic’ Vegan Meat Ranges

Supermarket super-chains Marks and Spencer (M&S) and Waitrose have both launched their first ‘faux-meat’ products this week, and they claim that taste-wise they are indistinguishable from the real thing. The new range comes in response to a rise of both veganism, and also the flexitarian diet where people are cutting down on meat consumption and looking to make the transition as easy as possible. On their website, M&S introduce their range: “[s]ay hello to your new meat-free Monday life-savers with 13 new tasty veggie dishes including edamame bean burgers, vibrant beetroot falafel, sweet potato sausages and, for the first time,...

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Newly Vegan Sopranos Star Edie Falco Reconnects with Farm Animals (with Lots of Cuddles)

Actress Edie Falco, best known for her role in HBO series success The Sopranos, is newly vegan and truly making the most of her deepened bond with animals! Falco had previously been a vegetarian for an impressive 16 years, and then decided to make the change to veganism. This followed her work with PETA, where she became aware of her ‘hypocrisy’ and contradictory lifestyle: consuming animal products whilst she was also working to save animals, such as by campaigning against circuses and horse-drawn carriages. Eight months after this realization, she officially became vegan. This month, the animal-lover actress took a trip...

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Impossible Foods Hosts Speakeasy Style Vegan Pop-Up in Meat-Loving City

Impossible Foods has debuted in Chicago with a ‘clandestine‘ ‘Meateasy’ pop-up to celebrate the launch of the infamous and award-winning Impossible Burger. ‘Meateasy’ is the partnership between Impossible Foods and Widen + Kennedy, a creative agency which works with some of the world’s most innovative and successful brands. Together, they devised this concept. Inspired by the the Chicago Sausage Guild’s desire to ‘keep Chicago a sausage town‘ and thus pushing the vegan Impossible Burger underground, Meateasy has created a ‘safe-space‘  for Chicagoans to enjoy their meat-free burgers. Chicagoans, known to be big meat-eaters, but increasingly opting to try out a...

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Whole Foods Introduce New Vegan Menu to Hot Food Bar (Chocolate Cake Included)

November 1st is World Vegan Day, and to celebrate this, Whole Foods Market has got a treat in store. Across the US, a new brand new vegan menu will be added to the stores’ hot food bars! The menu is entirely vegan and was developed by husband and wife chef duo Kate Jacoby and Richard Landau. They are big names in delicious vegan cuisine due to their culinary enterprise Vedge in Philadelphia, a plant-based fine dining restaurant. If you’re wondering whether their food is any good, it might be worth noting that in the words of Trey Popp in Philadelphia Magazine, “[i]s Vedge...

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Prominent US Footballer Suggests Entire Team Has Gone Vegan

Steelers player Vincenzo ‘Vince’ Williams took to Twitter last night to confirm that the US American football team abide by a plant-based lifestyle. The tweet read “Steelers don’t do beef, we’re vegan” and has been retweeted nearly 300 times already. The Pittsburgh team compete in the National Football League (NFL) and has won more Super Bowl titles (6), played in (16) and hosted more conference championship games (11) than any other NFL team! Williams had previously tweeted that “after you win food taste better, sleep feels amazing, and every song you hear is a hit” suggesting that not only is the plant-based diet aiding performance,...

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Hollywood Star Maggie Q Says a Vegan Diet Can Save the Planet

Maggie Q has starred in an abundance of Hollywood blockbusters including Mission: Impossible, Die Hard and Rush Hour, and she’s become a star in the vegan world too. In an interview with City Weekend, she expressed that her acting career is simply a ‘means to an end’: a stepping stone helping her to pursue her true passion of environmentalism. Having become a vegan an impressive 20 years ago, she is passionate about sustainability. She hopes to educate others just as she has been; “[o]nce you’ve done the research you can’t unlearn what you know,” she says. Maggie has campaigned previously with Peta in...

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Yoga_Girl Celeb Rachel Brathen Goes Vegan After Interview with James Aspey

Rachel Brathen took to Instagram in 2012, and despite receiving zero likes for her first shared image – an image of her dog Ringo – she now boasts 2.1 million followers. In an Instagram post yesterday, the public figure, yoga instructor, business owner and author shared the exciting news that she has newly become vegan! This came as a result of her newest podcast episode, which she described as “a smack in the face and the heart all at once” as she interviewed vegan activist legend James Aspey. Brathen goes on to say of Aspey and the interview: “this man will school you on...

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UK’s First Vegan Advertisement Will be Shown to Millions in Nationwide Cinemas

It seems that when we all work together, great things can be achieved. Widespread support for Viva! has allowed them to reach their target fund of £100,000 in its ‘Bring Hope To Millions’ Campaign and as a consequence, the money is now there to launch the UK’s first ever vegan cinema advert! Never before have pro-vegan advertisements been viewed in this way, showing exciting advances in the move to educate the nation about animal agriculture. (One generous – anonymous – donor even offered to match every single donation up to the value of £50,000!) The great thing about this is that...

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Guardian Reports Hidden Cost of Feeding Farmed Animals to Hit $1.32 Trillion a Year

The Guardian has yet again shed light on the disastrous and inefficient animal agriculture industry, highlighting the extortionate cost of feeding farmed animals. According to environmental campaigners, feeding animals human foods such as soya and grain will cost us $1.32 trillion – or £1 trillion – every single year by 2050, globally. Peter Stevenson of Compassion in World Farming, explained the causes and issues surrounding this at the Extinction and Livestock conference in London. The theme of ‘disconnect’ arose – as it often does when referencing animal agriculture. Stevenson lamented that “[t]here’s a worrying disconnect between the retail price of...

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UK Café Goes Vegan After Watching ‘Dairy is Scary’ Video

It seems that growing awareness of the dairy industry and all of its problems is affecting not just consumers, but – excitingly – business owners too. Back in May of this year, owners of London café The Fields Beneath placed a prominent notice in their window explaining that they are opting to ditch the dairy. Hinting at the reason behind the owners’ decision to use only plant-milks, their displayed poster advises “search on YouTube for the following five minute video: ‘Dairy is Scary’. We didn’t think it was either.” (If you haven’t seen the video, you can watch it here.) On the...

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The Zero-Waste Vegan Packaging That You Can Eat!

The issue of packaging waste has been increasingly hitting headlines and being brought to the forefront of environmental concerns. More people now are opting to avoid using single-use plastic, with the ‘zero-waste‘ movement on the rise. And now, Evoware, an Indonesia-based startup, has created an amazing solution. Evoware has created a replacement to plastic packaging, made from seaweed – and yes, you can eat it. The Evoware seaweed is tested for food safety before being manufactured into the edible packaging. It is so natural that it even dissolves in hot water without the use of chemicals. And, as a...

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Can This Hybrid Car Concept Make Meat Companies More Sustainable?

Blended, or “hybrid”, products have been driven beyond the roads and straight into supermarket aisles: hybrid meat is now a thing. Hybrid products contain animal protein, but also a combination of grains and vegetables, with the intention that these added ingredients will enhance succulence while having the benefit of less fat, cholesterol, and calories. Not only are these products supposed to be better for health, they’re better for the environment too: with less meat used, less water and energy is required to produce each meal. These are, then, more sustainable than plain meat. Hybrid sausage, burgers, meatballs, and even fish-sticks are now available....

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Can Veganism Rehabilitate Inmates?

We know the benefits that a plant-based diet can have on the planet and our bodies. But what about our minds, and our capacity to commit crime? Pennsylvania state prisons, from November, will start monitoring the change in behaviour of 200 volunteer inmates at each facility as they transition to a plant-based diet. This ‘experiment’ falls under a wider initiative which was created by retired State Trooper Matt Harris. The purpose of this project, called ‘The Redemption Project’, is to keep ‘at-risk’ children from falling into crime, but has also created this new experimental limb to see the effects...

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Vegan Eating Set to be 2018’s ‘Mega-Trend’ as Plant-Based Sales Triple in One Year

As we reported earlier this week, data gathered by market research group 1010 Data has revealed that sales of plant-based products have increased three-fold since 2016. This increase in sales was rightly seen as excellent news, illustrating that more people are becoming aware of the many detrimental effects associated with animal agriculture, and acting on it! And even more excellent news has followed! New research has predicted that plant-based sales will continue to soar in 2018. A new report, ‘Food & Beverage Forecast,’ predicts that plant-based food will be the top ‘mega-trend’ of 2018.   The report shows how in the...

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Vegetarianism Rises by 400% in Portugal with 60,000 Claiming to be Vegan

Parabéns, Portugal! That means congratulations, which Portugal is well deserving of since a new report shows that the number of vegetarians in the country has risen an incredible 400% within the past decade. The Portuguese Vegetarian Association (PVA) shared the exciting news with The Portugal News this week, reporting on a survey which involved 2,000 random interviews and which was carried out by Nielsen, and promoted by Centro Vegetariano. It revealed some impressive statistics. 120,000 people are opting not to eat meat and fish, a huge increase since 2007 when there were apparently only 30,000 vegetarians in the country. The survey also...

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Everything You Need to Know about This Year’s Vegfest UK!

Busy on October 20th-22nd? If you’re not, here’s something for you to do; if you are, we hope it’s this you’re busy with! Vegfest UK is opening the UK’s very first one-of-a-kind vegan trade and media show at Olympia London next Friday. According to the Vegfest UK organisers, “[t]he growth in the vegan trade has been astronomical, and as such, both media and trade attention has blossomed in the past few years, so much so that we now need a dedicated trade event where only trade buyers and media can attend, ensuring maximum sales and exposure for vegan businesses in...

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Vegan Alternatives Could Stop World Running Out of Food by 2050

There won’t be enough food to feed the world’s population by 2050. These are the daunting findings reported CB Insights’ Feeding the Future report, which says that a 69% increase in food calories is needed to feed 9.6 billion people by 2050. As things stand global food crisis is likely. The impact of this report is serious, drawing attention to a rising problem with food consumerism. In the world today there are already around 795 million people who don’t have enough to eat, which equates to one in nine people. This figure is set to increase with a rise in population predicted until...

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The Powerful Business Leaders Who Are Speaking out for Animals

Any movement benefits from being backed by those with influence and power: it is easier to enforce change with media attention and (of course) money invested in the cause. Luckily, then, there are plenty of business professionals willing to speak out on behalf of the animals of this world. Here they are: The Powerful Business Leaders Speaking out for Animals Eric Schmidt The Executive Chairman of Google‘s parent company Alphabet, Eric Schmidt, has spoken out in support of the growing vegan movement, going so far as to state that a vegan revolution is coming. He has predicted that the move away from animal...

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Italian Chain Carluccio’s Launches Vegan Pop Up and Meat-Free Monday Initiative

In a press release, Carluccio’s has revealed some exciting news for those seeking meat-free deliciousness! This month, the Italian chain is getting a “green makeover” with its “first ever exclusively vegetarian pop-up, featuring over 20 Italian veggie and vegan dishes.”  This is in collaboration with writer, food-blogger and cook Anna Barnett, who advocates for ‘meat-free Mondays.’ Indeed, from the 23rd October, and for the next three Mondays following, the Cucina Verde will be open on the first floor of Carluccio’s restaurant on Covent Garden’s Garrick Street! The entirety of the floor will become a “meatless dining experience” which will (finally!) “[take] vegetables from humble sides to championing...

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Wall Street Journal Discuss Vegan Diets and the Future of Food with Beyond Meat

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has shown that plant-based living is far more than a fad and must be taken seriously, by hosting an event which served as a platform for the promotion of the growing need and desire for alternatives to animal-derived meat. The Wall Street Journal Global Food Forum, which took place yesterday (10th October) in New York City, is an event where  “the editors of The Wall Street Journal… convene[d] leading executives and experts from across the agricultural economy and food industry to explore key challenges and opportunities in the business of food.” The focus on yesterday’s...

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WWF Report Suggests Vegan Diet Could Save Animals from Extinction

The World Wildlife Foundation’s new summary report, titled ‘Appetite for Destruction’, focuses on the effect our appetite for animal protein has on the planet and brings to light many of the environmental issues vegans have been pointing to for a while. In its executive summary, the report warns: “[f]ood is at the heart of many of the issues WWF focuses on. Through our work on sustainable diets, we know a lot of people are aware of the impact a meat-based diet has on water, land and habitats, and the implications of its associated greenhouse gas emissions. But few know the largest...

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Plant Curious: the UK’s Only Exclusively Vegan Recipe Box

Plant Curious, the UK’s first exclusively plant-based recipe box which is delivered to your door, is revolutionising vegan cooking. What’s it all about? Woj, the co-founder of this innovative business along with his wife Angela and mother Elizabeth (who is transitioning to veganism), became vegan three years ago after his father-in-law developed stage 4 cancer – and refused conventional treatment. Rather than suffer the effects of chemotherapy, the 67-year-old defied convention and opted for a fully plant-based juice diet. He was told that he would live for only 3 months – but almost instantly on his new diet “you couldn’t believe...

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Glasgow Gears Up for Speedy New Vegan Food Delivery Service

Cycling his way into our hearts (and stomachs?) is Glasgow bike messenger James Tait, who is soon be launching an exclusively vegetarian and vegan food delivery service. Founder of the FFWD Bicycle Messengers and with 18 years of experience, Tait is taking his familiarity of Glasgow’s streets and veggie restaurants and putting it to a great use. He has previously made headlines for delivering homemade soup to homeless people, and now is doing even more good with his work. Finding the concept of working for a huge fast-food delivery company unappealing, Tait decided to set up his own venture where he...

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New Study Shows Increasing Demand for ‘Ethical’ Non Vegan Convenience Food

A Chicago study Ethics on the Go, conducted as part of Culinary Visions Panel‘s Mindful Dining Initiative project, reports some interesting findings about the way people are increasingly viewing food. The study suggested that those younger than 35 pay the closest attention to “responsible practice” behind menus (although it is unclear what ‘responsible’ means, since this term is rather subjective), with consumers in the 18-34 demographic valuing ethical eating choices the highest. The report claims that nearly all consumers have a “deep interest” in the production of their meals. The results were rather interesting, for example, 60% of those under 35 thought organic foods tasted better; on top...

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Fall Out Boy Drummer Andy Hurley Opens Vegan Cafe in Portland

Andy Hurley, best known as the drummer for Fall Out Boy, has become a huge advocate for animal rights and a vegan lifestyle, speaking out about his lifestyle choice for years; even his new band Sect has only vegan members and has been described as a “hardcore, vegan punk supergroup“! In an interview with peta2, Hurley spoke about how vegan eating was developing, commenting, “[i]t’s just unbelievable. When I [first went] vegan, you had to walk 5 miles uphill in the snow to get food. Now you just go to any grocery store, and they have Daiya cheese or Gardein products or...

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New Omega-3 Packed Vegan Milk from Flaxseeds Arrives at UK Supermarket

OOOMEGA, a company priding itself on providing the “OOO without the MOO!”,  has created a plant-based health drink, the first of its kind, combining a smooth creamy taste with the nutritional benefits of flaxseeds, calcium and vitamins K, B12, and D2! This will be the first time such a drink hits the UK, and with its three delicious-sounding flavours, no doubt they’ll be flying off the shelves! The health drink comes in ‘original’ (a simple creamy taste), ‘original sweetened’ for those with a slightly sweeter tooth, and ‘macchiato’ for the coffee lovers. So what makes the drink so healthy? Flaxseed...

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Kite Hill Launches Delicious Vegan Jalapeño Cream Cheese

Need a bit of spice in your life? Kite Hill has got you covered. Renowned as a brand “on a mission to make plant-based eating easy, enjoyable and great-tasting” Kite Hill produces artisan almond milk foods for the purposes of best achieving great taste, health and sustainability. The company makes a range of yogurts, drinkable yogurts, artisanal cheese and pasta, and of course deliciously smooth cream cheeses. Kite Hill says: “[o]ur cream cheese style spreads are made with all-natural ingredients to create a spread with complex flavor and velvety smooth texture. Each batch is cultured to add depth, sweetness, and a...

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Report in The Guardian Claims that “Mass Meat Production Can’t be Justified”

This morning, the Guardian featured an article bidding “[g]oodbye – and good riddance – to livestock farming,” which claimed that our current mass animal agriculture would be seen by future generations as the ‘monstrosity‘ of the age. The article, in a slightly controversial but highly thought-provoking stand, even speculates, “[w]e think of slavery, the subjugation of women, judicial torture, the murder of heretics, imperial conquest and genocide, the first world war and the rise of fascism, and ask ourselves how people could have failed to see the horror of what they did.” While generally people are uncomfortable with a comparison being made...

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Third Veggie Pret Location Revealed Ahead of Next Week’s Opening

This September, Pret announced the good news that a third Veggie Pret store was set to open. Then they got you excited by releasing their vegan pumpkin spice flat white drinks and new autumn menu. Now the best news of all is here: next Wednesday, Pret a Manger will open its third veggie store in Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell. Pret posted the news on its Facebook page today, writing, “[w]e can’t bear to keep it a secret… #VeggiePret no.3 is coming soon to Exmouth Market, London.” The new addition makes sense given their previous success with their two current...

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Largest Study to Date Proves Link Between Meat and Nine Major Diseases

What the Health did its part in dispelling the myth that meat is a necessary component of a healthy diet, and many studies have been conducted linking animal products with health problems. Now, we have even more information suggesting that red meat consumption is linked to high death rates – from a whopping nine diseases. A new cohort study published in the British Medical Journal established a connection between the consumption of red meat to an increase in death rates from nine different diseases: cancer, type 2 diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer’s, infections and diseases of the heart, liver, kidneys and respiratory tract. Significantly,...

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The Experience of Surviving as a Vegan in Prison

Peter Young, animal rights activist affiliated with the Animal Liberation Front, was a fugitive between 1998 and 2005, on the run from the FBI. The crime? He released thousands of minks from fur farms. He was arrested in 1998 and faced Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act charges with a potential sentence of a crazy 82 years. Young described his vegan ‘moral code’ as the source of his lifestyle choices that led him to this point: “I have found myself at protests turned riots, donning cow costumes at meat processing conventions, and creeping into slaughterhouses in complete darkness to film the inhumane...

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Vegan Protein Market to Reach $16.3 Billion Before 2026

Persistence Market Research has just released its new research report, “Plant-Based Proteins Market: Global Industry Analysis (2012-2016) and Forecast (2017-2025)”  which has delved into understanding of the global plant-based proteins market. The market can be understood by splitting it into areas, including soy protein, wheat protein and pea protein; by form (such as isolate and concentrate); by application (supplements and nutritional powders, beverages, snacks, protein and nutritional bars, ‘dairy and meat’ products, infant neutron and animal feed); and by region. The study analyses several areas of market across Africa, Asia Pacific and Middle East, Europe , North America and Latin America. It...

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The Guardian Reports That Livestock Pollution is Worse than Previously Feared

The methane emissions from cattle are a concerning 11% higher than previously estimated, the Guardian reported this morning. While the news of these revised calculations may be seen as somewhat of an ‘I told you so’ to those advocating a vegan lifestyle in the interests of the environment, ultimately this news is a serious concern to us all. Scientists have warned that this discovery is ‘an additional challenge in the fight to curb global warming’ – as if the challenge wasn’t already hard enough. According to Julie Wolf, a researcher in the US Department of Agriculture and the lead...

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Global Veggie Brand Quorn Release Yet More Delicious Vegan Food

If you haven’t heard about meat-free alternative brand ‘Quorn’ by now, where have you been shopping? Quorn, one of the one of the biggest worldwide leaders in the plant-based meat alternative product market, are the clear go-to for vegetarians looking for a meat-replacement, but historically hasn’t been a great friend to vegan buyers, with many of the products containing egg. However, the company, having had an impressive start to the year, with growth tracking ahead of what was expected, and in September launching a new refrigerated vegan ‘meat’ to U.S shelves, is ready to do even more for vegan stomachs.   Before an...

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New Vegan Pizza Options Added to Zizzi Menu!

With Autumn approaching, everyone is looking for the best places to eat with the cosiest, yummiest (carb-heavy) dishes. Italian restaurant chain Zizzi has responded to our wishes, and on October 10th their new menu will be launched – including two new vegan pizzas. Given that the restaurant chain was the first high-street chain to offer an alternative to dairy-cheese, and has already sold an impressive 400,000 vegan dishes this year alone, Zizzi is quickly becoming an ideal eat-out for those looking for plant-based deliciousness. On their website it reads, “[d]ietary needs? We’re here for you!” and the new menu is...

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Google’s Executive Chairman Predicts “Vegan Revolution is Coming”

The Executive Chairman of Google‘s parent company Alphabet, Eric Schmidt, has spoken out in support of the growing vegan movement, stating that a vegan revolution is coming. Excitingly, he said that the move away from animal products and towards plant-based protein is the ‘number one game changing trend of the future.’ And, given that we are increasingly aware of the disastrous impact animal agriculture has on the climate, animal-product consumption on our health, and the moral implications of farming and slaughter, the idea that veganism is set to grow is a welcome suggestion. With regards to health, Schmidt said that we are...

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Can We Really Expect Older Family Members to Go Vegan?

The vegan movement is driven by the young – close to half of all vegans are aged 15-34 (42%), compared with just 14% who are over 65. But why is that? Is it the younger generations’ use of social media helping to inspire them to make the change? Would many 70 year olds care to follow in Kyle Jenner’s footsteps with a dietary change? And should we be annoyed at older generations? Simon Amstell’s Carnage comically depicts the shame of older generations who are coming to terms with their past eating habits, attending therapy sessions where they attempt to utter the...

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Beloved British Restaurant JD Wetherspoon Winner in Vegan Food Awards

Wetherspoons is somewhat of a national treasure in England, and now it has another title to its name. In the PETA Vegan Food Awards 2017, the chain won the award for ‘Best Vegan Noodles.’ PETA’s Director of Vegan Corporate Projects, Dawn Carr, said of the awards: “PETA’s 5th annual Vegan Food Awards honour some of this year’s most progressive new vegan options.”   And Spoons’ noodles have made the cut. The Teriyaki Noodles, a non-egg noodle dish with fresh vegetables in a teriyaki sauce with soy sauce, ginger and garlic with a hint of chilli, is not only delicious...

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David Attenborough Investigates Death of Elephant who Inspired Disney’s ‘Dumbo’

Sir David Attenborough, in a new BBC show, investigates both the life and history, and the suspicious death of the circus elephant who is known for inspiring Disney’s 1941 Dumbo.  ‘Jumbo’ the elephant arrived at London Zoo in 1865, and was most loved by all, including Queen Victoria and her children. Alongside a team of experts and various scientific specialists, Attenborough explores the history of the animal, who was believed at the time to have been the largest elephant in the world. Jumbo became a huge star, with an incredible 20 million people coming to see him, and the were...

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NYC to Host Huge Vegan Arts Festival this Fall

Expect the weekend of October 21-22 to be one filled with compassion and creativity: as the Compassion Arts Festival (CAF) is set to take place at Symphony Space’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre in NYC. According to the Compassion Arts Festival promotional website, “Compassion Arts Festival and the Culture & Animals Foundation present a weekend of song, artistry, discussion, film, and performances on our multifaceted relationships with the Earth and the animals with which we share it.” The event will feature two days of creative performances and presentations through a range of artistic mediums such as award-winning photographer Jo-Anne McArthur and acclaimed...

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Inspiring 10 Year Old Activist from TedTalks to Present at Moby’s Vegan Festival

If you have seen her TedTalk, you might have felt subordinate compared to this incredible human who has her ethics so figured out at the age of ten! In fact she’s the youngest ever Ted Talk speaker. And now, you can hear Genesis Butler herself speak at Moby’s Circle V festival this November! The mini-festival, which doubles as a charity event for Mercy for Animals, will take place this year at the Regent Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Before Genesis was announced as a speaker, the event was already looking exceptional: Moby himself is headlining, whereby he is expected to perform a unique live set –...

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Wagamama to Launch Amazing New Vegan Menu!

As if Wagas isn’t already popular enough, they’re set to have a lot of happy veggies and vegans queuing up at the door soon as Wagamama is launching their first complete vegan and vegetarian menu. No longer will plant-based eaters have to translate the complicated allergen tables, and to top it off the brand new menu looks delicious! Popular instagrammer yes it’s all vegan took to social media last night to let everyone know about Wagamama’s latest menu additions. Dishes include a new vegan seitan katsu curry, a yasai pad thai and pink guava and passion fruit sorbet for dessert....

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If Meat is the New Tobacco – Should We Start Taxing Bacon?

Earlier this month, The Daily Telegraph Australia published an article entitled ‘Why Stop at Smokes? Let’s Tax Bacon Too.’ For meat-eaters, this might appear an outrageous and unjustified suggestion – but this is how smokers felt when tobacco became taxed, something which seems normal and sensible now. The tax on cigarettes has had a huge impact, and Australia now has one of the lowest rates of smoking in the world. The suggestion came after another increase in the price of cigarettes at the start of the month, which Finder.com.au spokeswoman Bessie Hassan explained as, “[i]t’s not just the price of a packet...

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Pro Skater Kenny Anderson Launches New Vegan Converse Line

September is turning out to be a great month for vegan products and partnerships, and Kenny Anderson alongside Converse are joining in on the fun. Professional skater Kenny Anderson has partnered up with the brand to create the vegan “Cons X Chocolate Kenny.” Having been vegetarian for six years, Anderson made the decision to go vegan over three years ago, mainly because he was concerned by the environmental impact of animal agriculture, and also because of a desire feel to more deeply connected to the world. The skater spoke to VegNews about his lifestyle choice, commenting, “I am not vegan by...

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Going Vegan for One Week Saves Enough CO2 to Fly to the Moon and Back says London Economic

Previous studies have shown that adopting a vegan lifestyle is the best way to combat water and air pollution, global warming, ozone damage, ocean dead zones. Oxford University have even suggested that going plant-based could save the world. Now, The London Economic have calculated that going vegan can take you to the moon and back. The Vegan Society recently set up a big-scale environmental campaign, ‘Plate Up for the Planet’, with support from UK Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas MP. The campaign is backed by a range of environmentalists and proponents of a plant-based diet, including Made in Chelsea’s Lucy Watson and...

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Vegan ‘Meat’ Company Introduces 100% Compostable Packaging!

‘No Evil Foods‘, a plant-based ‘meat’ startup founded in 2014 by Sadrah Schadel and Mike Woliansky, is doing yet more to help the planet. ‘No Evil Foods’ is already promoting delicious plant-based alternatives to meat and sharing with its customers the reasons why we ought to avoid animal-products: its website lists powerful statistics such as that 1 calorie of animal protein requires 11 times as much fossil fuel as 1 calorie of plant protein. And now, proving further its dedication to helping the environment, the company, based in Asheville, North Carolina, has created packaging for its products that is...

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Palm Oil: Is it Vegan or Should We Palm it Off?

Palm oil: it is a hugely contentious issue within vegan circles, with some claiming that it cannot be compatible with a cruelty free lifestyle, while others claim that since it is not an animal product, its use is justified. Mainstream media has even begun discussing the ethics of the oil. With all this debate, it can be overwhelming to decipher any sense or truth on the issue. Palm Oil: Is it Vegan or Should We Palm it Off? What and where? Palm oil is a type of vegetable oil produced from the kernels of oil palm trees. Indonesia and...

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One of Britain’s Oldest Pubs Goes Completely Vegan (Beer Included!)

One of Britain’s oldest pubs – tracing back to the 1830s – The Caledonia on Catharine Street, has launched a ‘creatureless’ food menu and will be serving only vegan beverages. The team at the ‘Cali’ say that they are “determined to give you the best junk food you’ve ever tried without hurting a single animal in the process.” Win-win! The pub was already dog-friendly, with beer available for your canine drinking-buddies, and the pub is now taking its love for animals to the next level. A post on The Caledonia’s Facebook page announced its new “100% vegan-friendly” status on the...

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What Does Religion Teach Us About Veganism?

It is often thought that religion and veganism are somewhat at odds with each other. Some vegans might feel that a moral code laid out by religions is hypocritical if its followers partake in the mass slaughter of other living beings. Religious believers may think that they have a God-given right to use the Earth’s resources for whatever purpose they please. However, ultimately both veganism and religion revolve around the idea of living a better, more compassionate life. Controversy hit headlines earlier this month regarding the relationship between religion and food: Australia’s advertising watchdog received significant complaints about an...

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World’s First Vegan Political Party Plan to Abolish Factory Farming

For the first time in world history, Germans can vote for a vegan party this General Election, on the 24th September. Led by chairperson Ronald Wegner, the party stands to transform legislation concerning the environment, the economy, and animal rights, following its motto of ‘We Love Life.’ Founded in 2016 in Munich, it calls itself the Party for Change, Vegetarians and Vegans, nicknames ‘V-Party3’ or ‘V-Partei3’. The founding group decided that this party was needed because Germany’s Green Party insufficiently covered animal welfare issues. The Green Party doesn’t take a hardline on farming, but instead looks to continue the production of...

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How Going Vegan and Other Small Changes Can Protect the Ozone

Happy World Ozone Day! Actually, it might be more fitting to say, ‘Unhappy World Ozone Day’ because we are destroying it – and that’s hardly something to celebrate. But, there is something we can do! Here’s the situation: Our ozone – the protective layer maintaining our atmosphere and shielding us from the Sun – is in a state of depletion. In 2000, satellite measurements revealed that the ozone ‘hole’ over the Antarctic had reached a record 28.3 million square kilometres – one million sq. km more than the previous record in 1998. Chlorofluorocarbons, chemicals found mainly in spray aerosols excessively...

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What Does Greenpeace Think About Veganism?

Today is National Greenpeace Day, a day when we celebrate this organisation renowned as the greatest defender of the natural world and its inhabitants, admired by environmentalists worldwide for the work of its brave activists. Its mission statement is: “Greenpeace is the leading independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.” So what does this global charity with such a dedication to saving the planet think about the best method of doing so – veganism? Along with other goals, Greenpeace focuses on protecting...

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Stevie Wonder Shuts Down Very Superstitious Climate Change Deniers

Today environmentalists will likely find themselves singing, ‘isn’t he lovely’, because singer and songwriter legend Stevie Wonder has shut down climate change deniers in a single sentence. At the Hand in Hand telethon, hosted to benefit the victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Wonder said: “Anyone who believes there’s no such thing as global warming must be blind or unintelligent.” Though humour littered his words – Wonder himself blind since infancy – the gravity of his message was sincere. Wonder is s a vegan, and has spoken out to educate people about the direct connection to what’s on your plate and...

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Morals or Flavour: Do We Have to Choose Between Them to Save The Planet?

This morning, Toronto Star journalist Emma Teitel wrote that “veganism’s moral high ground needs some flavour to save [the] planet.” Ignoring the obvious pun about vegans not knowing flavour and living off grass and cardboard, Teitel may have touched upon something key. Having experienced – or for many simply seen – the devastation caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, it seems impossible that anyone can deny climate change, or deny that we need to act now.  But, as Teitel aptly wrote, “impulse comes easier than action.” Those affected by recent natural disasters, and those of us viewing the effects via social media and...

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Moby and Waka Flocka to Headline Vegan Festival Circle V This November!

Moby is becoming a most-loved icon within the vegan world, and with good reason. He created the restaurant of dreams: a 100% vegan, animal-free restaurant in Silver Lake, called Little Pine and more recently, a vegan cocktail bar in NYC. He even donates all profits to animal rights organisations. And Moby just keeps upping his game. Last year, he launched his very own mini-festival, called Circle V (if you haven’t guessed, it’s vegan themed) which doubled as a charity event for Mercy for Animals. For those of you who went and loved it, and those of you who couldn’t make it last year but would love...

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PETA Loses ‘Monkey Selfie’ Legal Battle

A photographer has won a two-year legal battle against animal rights group PETA over the ownership of a ‘monkey selfie’ image. In 2011, photographer David Slater took his camera into the Indonesian jungle to see the macaque monkeys. After ‘gain[ing] the trust’ of the animals having been in their presence for several days, Naruto the monkey took a selfie on Slater’s camera. PETA brought the case to a court in San Francisco with the claim that the monkey owned the photograph and as such the money made from it should benefit him. The issue arose then when US judges argued that...

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Fridge Cameras Fighting the War on Food Waste

The war against food waste has a new weapon, and it comes in the form of a £99 fridge camera. Statistics from the waste advisory body Wrap show that the average British family throws away £700 worth of food every year. Among the most wasted are bagged salads, with Britons throwing out 40% of the salad they buy every year – equivalent to 37,000 tonnes, or 178 million bags. That’s a lot of waste. The world’s first wireless fridge camera may be the solution to this, and it will be hitting shops this month throughout the UK, as part of a...

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Hurricane Irma: What Happens to Animals When a Natural Disaster Strikes?

When the planet throws her rage our way, it affects us all – humans suffer, and so do animals. As Hurricane Irma brings her destructive force through the West, animals as well as humans are seeking out safety and in desperate need of protection. The destructive impact on human life and society is well-reported, but little voice is given to the risks faced by pets and wildlife alike during turbulent weather conditions. For animals kept as pets, on farms, shelters or in zoos, it falls to their keepers to determine what should be done, and whether it is possible...

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Farming Versus Ocean Fishing: Is Ethical Seafood Possible?

“It’s caught by line, not net, so it’s far more ethical”; “if it’s farmed it’s okay because there isn’t any wasted by-catch.” Most of us a are brought up believing that eating fish is essential for a healthy brain and that eating fish is somehow kinder than eating land-animals. It’s understandable then that we like to find ways to justify such eating habits. But is this really the case? And should the choice be between eating farmed fish because dolphins and whales aren’t being killed too; or ocean fish which have at least had freedom up until death? FARMED...

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Impossible Foods Scale Up Production to Supply 1 Million Vegan Burgers Every Week!

This week, Impossible Foods commences production at its East Oakland site, in preparation to supply restaurants nationwide. The Impossible Burger grew in popularity owing to its impossibly meat-like texture, appealing to many who miss the taste of meat having given it up for reasons other than ‘I don’t like the way it tastes.’ The project is set to be huge, with the this first large-scale plant expected to produce enough plant-based meat for 1 million Impossible Burgers every week – that’s a lot of burgers. The company explained its “mission to transform the global food system”, commenting on the urgency to do so....

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Bars in Philadelphia Ditch Plastic Straws to Protect Sea Creatures

It’s a bad summer for plastic straws, and a good one for the oceans. In August, London Grill scrapped their use of plastic straws. According to Terry Berch McNally, it was seeing the infamous video of a sea turtle having a straw removed from its nose that prompted this decision. Right there and then, she decided she had to stop offering plastic straws at her Fairmount haven. She shared on Instagram, “[g]etting rid of all plastic straws in the restaurant. It’s a big change. I can’t live with the environmental impact of them. Everyone is on board.” The negative impact...

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Boat to the Bahamas on a Vegan Vacation with Dr Greger and Neal Barnard MD

Veganism is starting to permeate more and more aspects of daily life: we’re getting free-from sections in supermarkets, even dedicated plant-based supermarkets, the media is taking heed to the message, and now vegan travel is a thing too. The ‘Holistic Holiday at Sea’ is described as the “ultimate gift for your mind, body and spirit” where you will “[s]hare the experience and wisdom of some of the world’s leading authorities and experts in holistic living and natural health.” If this appeals to you, you could find yourself sailing around the Eastern Caribbean on a world class premier Italian luxury liner, the ‘MSC...

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Scoopable Waste-Free Vegan Pick ‘n’ Mix For the Busy and the Lazy

New Zealanders have become a source of envy to plant-based foodies worldwide thanks to a handful of New World grocery stores which offer pix ‘n’ mix style veggies and fruits. Peppers, broccoli, cucumber, mushrooms, and all sorts of other veggies are pre-cut and available to be scooped out from clear, plastic containers, just like cinema sweet shops – except a hundred times healthier. The aim is to make healthy eating as accessible as possible, even for the laziest of consumers. According to Chris Grace, the owner of the Te Rapa New World store, these veggie bins are increasing in...

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£1.2m Dairy Industry Campaign Pushes Back on Vegans in a Bid to Conceal the Truth

The dairy industry is set to use its only compelling weapon – its wealth – to counter the damning information about the milk industry increasingly circulated by vegan activists and now even mainstream media. A whopping £1.2 million will be spent on a marketing campaign, led by Dairy UK and the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). And it’s clear that the welfare of cows will not be honestly addressed in the campaign: Dairy UK, by its own definition, “represent[s] the United Kingdom’s dairy industry, including the interests of farmers, milk purchasers, processors and milkmen.”  The AHDB does claim...

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How to Make Waves This “Sea Week”

This week is (Save The) Sea Week, an annual celebration of our oceans and a reminder that they need our help. Last week, anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd reported that Japan’s use of military-grade technology to track its ships has ended its attempts to stop the Southern Ocean whale hunt. For the past 12 years, the activist group’s ships have confronted the Japanese whaling fleet in a bid to limit its ability to conduct what the country calls scientific whaling, but this is no longer possible. As many as 2.7 trillion animals are pulled from the ocean each year. Scientists estimate...

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110,000 Live Animals Tested on by University in the Last 5 Years

Records released under the Freedom of Information Act show that last year alone, 4,162 live animals were tested on during research experiments at University College Cork (UCC). The animals, which included rabbits, mice, birds and guinea pigs, were sourced through specialist suppliers located in Ireland, the UK and the US, and cost nearly £185,000. £2,700 was also paid to dispose of carcasses. Animal welfare groups and novelist John Banville, who said that the use of animal lives in university experiments was “absolutely disgraceful“, were horrified by the announcement that more than 110,000 live animals had been experimented on within the past...

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Did Al Gore Go Vegan for the Environment?

Former Vice-President and notorious environmentalist, Al Gore publicly shared his decision to switch to a vegan lifestyle in 2013 – a relief to those who had been wondering how someone who campaigns for sustainability could justify a choice to consume unsustainable meat-based meals. In a 2009 interview with ABC he had said, “[i]t’s absolutely correct that the growing meat intensity of diets around the world is one of the issues connected to this global crisis—not only because of the CO2 involved, but also because of the water consumed in the process.” Given comments like this and the repeated emphasis he...

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So You’ve Gone Vegan! But Are You Ever Vegan Enough?

Vegans are a notoriously unpopular lot. They have pissed off the likes of Jamie Oliver, because apparently he doesn’t it like it when people scream at his customers for eating his meat-based meals; chef Gianfranco Vissani recently referred to vegans as a “sect” adding “I would kill them all.”  Worse, vegans can become unpopular not only with non-vegans for their apparent ‘preachiness’ but ironically also with other vegans for not being ‘preachy enough’. It’s a real conundrum. If you do not meet the exacting standards demanded by your peers who would like to see you smashing the bottles of cow’s...

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San Diego Burger King Replaced by Plant-Based Drive-Thru

Whoever said it was inconvenient to be vegan? Plant Power Fast Food, describing themselves are the “future of fast food” with the mission of bringing wholesome dining options to the area, are stopping traffic in  San Diego with their new fast-food drive-up eatery. Following the popularity of Plant Power Fast Food’s flagship location in the Ocean Beach neighbourhood which opened at the start of 2016, the company has now opened its second location this week, taking over the space of a former Burger King in the city of Encinitas. The location features an eight-car drive up, an outdoor seating and ‘living’ patio where...

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100% Efficient Plant-Based Electricity Has Potential to Power Homes

Just when you thought plants couldn’t get any more incredible, now they can generate electricity too. Researchers have developed a new method which involves interrupting the photosynthesis process and redirecting electrons before the plants begin making sugars. This discovery could be huge, since plant function at 100% efficiency during the process of photosynthesis (every single photon derived from sunlight is converted to electron) – this could be our solution to a fully effective and clean electricity source. Most solar cells in use presently perform at only 12-17% efficiency. This new technology can make huge difference to solar power generation. The technology...

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Richard Branson Predicts the World Will Be Meat-Free in Just 30 Years

Richard Branson, Virgin billionaire and recent proponent of a plant-based diet, has predicted that within 30 years the world could go meat-free. Branson has previously made headlines for blogging on Okja and why he gave up beef, and for investing in lab grown meat. Yesterday, he took this even further with his newest prediction. Branson predicts that people in the near-future will sustain themselves solely on a plant-based diet and “clean” meat – this on the heels of the $17 million investment in Memphis Meats, the first “cultured” meat company to close a Series A funding round and set to...

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Oxford University Study Suggests Plant-Based Diets Could Save The World

Yet another study has confirmed the benefits of a plant-based diet. The findings, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and conducted by Oxford University researchers, signify the first time that researchers have looked into the impact of a worldwide vegan diet on health and climate change. The research concluded that if the world went vegan, the impacts on the earth’s climate and public health would be significant. The study found that worldwide veganism would save some $700 billion to $1 trillion per year on health care, and cut food-related emissions by 70%. Not only this,...

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US Department of Agriculture Launches New Animal Welfare Search Tool

The US Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has just launched what it refers to as a “refined public search tool.” This will offer consumers access to check whether companies are complying with the Animal Welfare Act. The Animal Welfare Act, signed into law in 1996, is the only Federal law in the USA that regulates the treatment of animals in research, exhibition, transport, and by dealers – an important piece of legislation. In 2016, APHIS formally formally conducted a comprehensive review and update of the Animal Care website; the organisation announced an intention to balance its commitment to...

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An Open Letter to Sir David Attenborough: Why Planet Earth Needs You to Go Vegan

Sir David Attenborough: environmental and wildlife broadcast legend, British hero, and… denier of the single biggest threat to wildlife and the planet? Or, just oblivious? This week, Attenborough told the Guardian newspaper that he is more than encouraged about the future health of the Earth than he has been for some time. And why? Because of a “worldwide shift” in attitudes about concern for the natural world and the damage that humans are doing to the planet. According to Attenborough, there are “signs of hope” for the health of the planet because of the Paris climate change agreement. This agreement between near 200 countries is an attempt...

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Grizzly Bears ‘Go Vegan’ as They Opt for Berries Over Salmon

Now here’s one to debunk that old protein myth: grizzly bears – those huge muscular 1,000 pound things – have stopped eating salmon in favour of elderberries. Alaskan Kodiak Island bears typically are known to feed on salmon during the early summer and then move on to elderberries later in August and September. But now, warming temperatures (more climate change news, unfortunately) means that the berries are ripening earlier than usual. On average, red elderberries are ripening two and a half days earlier every decade: this may not sound significant, but if this pattern continues they will regularly overlap...

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Women’s Equality Day: What’s it Got to Do with Veganism?

Happy Women’s Equality Day! Today we recognise the 47th annual celebration of female suffrage in the USA, a day in which Americans will celebrate the 19th Amendment. Granted in 1920, this provided that “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” It was a victory for women – well, for some women. Women of colour were excluded from the right and barred from voting; it wasn’t until 1965 that a true right to vote was implemented. But today in our celebration...

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How Our Love of Sushi is Driving the Bluefin Tuna to Extinction

Sushi, once the object of squeamish faces and ‘but it’s raw!’ exclamations, is now a must-have in any supermarket aiming to impress the ‘cultured millennial’ and deluxe sushi lovers. The sushi industry has been booming in recent years and continues to grow… swimmingly. But the consumption of fish-sushi (i.e. non-vegetarian/vegan sushi) is threatening the existence of the endangered bluefin tuna. There are two different types of Bluefin tuna – the Atlantic Bluefin and Pacific Bluefin – and both are on the brink of extinction thanks to our high-end eating habits. The Center for Biological Diversity estimates that 1.6 million Pacific...

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Why the World Needs You to Stop Sucking (Immediately!)

No one wants to ‘draw the short straw’ in any situation. But every time we accept a straw with a drink, our planet and its irreplaceable animal inhabitants are having the short straw drawn for them, and suffering because of our choice to use that near-pointless little piece of plastic. Each day, around 500 million disposable straws are used; enough straws to fill 127 school busses. If you’re having trouble visualising this, consider: if all of these straws were joined together, they would stretch around the circumference of the planet two and half times. These plastic straws are not...

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Buzzing Mathematicians: Bees Understand Concept of Zero

Another reason has emerged proving that bees are, erm, the bee’s knees: they are the first invertebrate found to understand the concept of zero. Zero isn’t the easiest concept to get your head around, even for humans. Young children learn the number zero later than other numbers, and frequently find it difficult identifying whether it is less than or more than 1. It is even more impressive then that bees, with their comparatively tiny brains, can understand this complex topic. Previously it has been established that bees are capable of counting to four, and that honey bees know that the...

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6 Ways You Can Help Save the Elephant Before It’s Too Late

Notorious for being practically everyone’s favourite animal, elephants even have their own ‘day’ (World Elephant Day). Although many of us claim to love these majestic animals, treatment of elephants throughout the world is disturbingly poor. Elephants are threatened by poaching, trophy hunting, circuses, tourist attractions and economic development. In July this year, the NGO World Animal Protection (WAP) issued a report that in horrifying detail described how thousands of elephants worldwide – particularly across Asia – are exploited and mistreated in unfathomable conditions. A key example of this is tourist elephant rides – they seem like a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity, but...

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Scientists Warn Rising CO2 Levels Could Lead to Worldwide Protein Deficiency

New research suggests that nearly 150 million people could be at risk of protein deficiency by 2050 if CO2 levels continue to rise. Studies at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that under elevated concentrations of CO2, the protein content of rice, wheat, barley and potatoes fell by 7.6%, 7.8%, 14.1% and 6.4% respectively. (The impact on C4 crops like maize, and legumes and pulses is not quite as dramatic.) With 76% of the world’s population deriving most of their daily protein from plants, this could be severely damaging to global health. The authors of the...

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The Edible, Biodegradable Carrier Bag That’s Safe for Fish to Eat!

Exciting news for anti-plastic environmentalists, our oceans and marine life: an Indonesian based start-up ‘Avani’ is on a mission to rid the world of plastic bags, and has developed a 100% biodegradable and edible replacement. This new miracle bag will dissolve when placed in warm water, providing an excellent solution for our plastic-ridden ocean. More than one trillion plastic bags are dumped every year, a concerning majority of which end up in the seas where they will eventually poison or choke marine life whilst also contaminating the water.  The environmental impact of plastic bags is so damaging that some countries...

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8 Practical Tips for Vegans Who Hate Vegetables

What do vegans eat? Grass? Vegetables? Well, our stomachs aren’t able to digest grass so that one’s ruled out, but what about people who can’t stand the taste of veggies? If, like new vegan Ne-Yo, you don’t enjoy eating vegetables, you might not be as strange – or as incapable of transitioning to vegan – as you may think! One group of people, called supertasters, naturally hate the taste of bitter foods like vegetables. These people have more taste-buds, making them extra sensitive to tastes that the rest of us might not notice. About a quarter of the population...

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Why Being an Environmentalist is Now Literally a Matter of Life or Death

So far in 2017, 117 environmental defenders have been killed. All over the planet, people dedicating their lives to defend and protect the planet are being murdered in order to silence them. Environmental documentary, Cowspiracy notes that “[m]ore than 1,100 activists, small farmers, judges, priests and other rural workers have been killed in land disputes in the last two decades” But the issue is even more serious and wide-spread than many realise. From indigenous land rights activists in Brazil to wildlife rangers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, environmental workers are coming under serious attack. While many of us...

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Global Harry Potter Obsession Creates Fatal Black Market for Owls

This weekend Harry Potter fanatics made headlines, but the reason is less than magical. Wildlife experts have become concerned over wild birds being sold as pets to families keen to have their own ‘Hedwig.’ A global demand has been created following the Harry Potter saga, and conservationists are concerned. This illegal trade in owls has spiked in the far east in places such as Indonesia, and researchers now fear for the survival of these birds, almost all of whom are taken from the wild and most of whom will die shortly after being removed from the wild. Given the...

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Holiday Deep Blues: Are Cruises Killing Marine Life?

This week saw a humpback whale, thought to be a juvenile, impaled on a Princess Cruises ship: an unanticipated passenger as the ship arrived in Alaska. The 6-metre long humpback was harpooned by the 290-metre ship, ending up lodged on its submerged bow (a device designed to avoid wave-making). Shock and sadness have been the general feeling following this, and the cruise ship line was quick to make a statement. A spokesman for Princess Cruises, Brian O’Connor, said that “It is… unknown, at this time, whether the whale was alive or already deceased before becoming lodged on the bow.”...

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Aviation or Animals: Who’s to Blame for Staggering Rise in Greenhouse Gases?

Following on from the recent UK plans to scrap petrol and diesel cars from 2040 there is yet more ‘flying away’ from the main cause of global warming. A recent United Nations report raised concerns that the global aviation sector could consume up to 27% of the world’s carbon budget by 2050. The report made clear that even given the best possible circumstances, airplanes will emit 12% of the world’s carbon emissions mid-century if the world will be able to limit climate change to a minor 1.5°C. This came as a result of global aviation and travel groups – such as...

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A Miniature Guide for Vegans Volunteering in Madagascar

In Madagascar, there are a range of projects: teaching, marine conservation, construction or forest conservation. When looking at conservation, the dense forest of Nosy Komba homes many endemic species, but habit destruction threatens them; the current forest is secondary – it has been completely cut down for wood once before. There exists a need to monitor the survival of, and obtain data regarding, the Madagascan wildlife, of which there is very little scientific knowledge. Forest conservation involves a lot of hiking, a correlative amount of sweating, and a regrettable amount of mosquito bites. These can be the low points....

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Meat and Dairy Consumption Swerved Again by Climate Change Decision Makers

It was reported this morning that, following France’s lead, Britain is to ban all new petrol and diesel cars from 2040 – a victory (although slightly far off) for environmentalists. The decision follows growing concern that the rising levels of nitrogen oxide are a major and avoidable risk to public health. There have been warnings that the UK’s high level of air pollution could be responsible for 40,000 premature deaths a year. Local authorities have reportedly continually breached EU regulations, allowing emissions to surpass EU thresholds, and now the government seems keen to enforce a highly anticipated ‘clean air plan’...

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An Open Letter to Vegans – Please Stop Shaming Each Other!

Raw vegans. Zero-waste vegans. Transitioning vegans. Activist vegans. Skinny vegans, muscular vegans, chubby vegans. There’s a whole range of us… And that’s okay.   All too often I see vegans shaming other vegans for not living up to their own ‘standard’ of veganism. “You’re not a vegan if you eat avocados because avocados are unsustainable.” “You didn’t know that honey isn’t vegan? You’re not really a vegan then are you.” “What do you mean you still eat cheese occasionally? You’ll be a terrible vegan if you can’t just give it up straight away.” “You’re not vegan if you buy...

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The Protesting Vegan | 5 Activism Tips for Newbs

So we did it – we bit the bullet (maybe a more peaceful metaphor would be appropriate) and became the vegan activists we never knew we could be. Vegan activism has a reputation for being extreme – people have been branded like cattle; protested naked, chained up and covered in fake blood. Unsurprisingly therefore, we have always been wary of protesting at events – if we get called ‘preachy’ simply for being vegan, what would the response be when we remonstrated? Then we heard that our university’s vegan society planned to peacefully protest a student ball being held at...

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Hooray! Vegan Students and Millennials Are on The Rise

“Vegan? But you’re a student! I didn’t think student loans covered the cost of all that vegan food.”   Let us stop you there, inquisitive friend. What do you really mean by ‘vegan food’? If you’re referring to the chia seeds, spirulina and Booja Booja Organic Chocolate, well then fair enough. But those foods are as necessary for a healthy vegan diet as goose liver is for an omni diet. Although there’s a plethora of funky vegan meat alternatives (fishless fingers, tofu smoked bacon, Linda McCartney chorizo sausages) the staples of a vegan diet are a bargain compared to...

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