Nadia Murray-Ragg

Vegan Butcher Shop Launches Meaty Monthly Subscription Box

Organic handcrafted vegan meat producers, The Very Good Butchers, has launched a new monthly subscription service: “Monthly Meat Club.” “We’ll send you a box of delicious plant-based meat every month,” the company said on its website. British Bangers, Taco Stuff’er, Smokin Burgers, and Smokin’ Bangers,  are just some of the products on offer in the monthly packages. A Butcher’s Choice item will also be included, which could be anything from “pepperoni to steaks, ribs, or even a brand new product.” Buyers will receive meats valued at $62, for a price of $50 and can opt for a one-off purchase, or...

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LA’s ‘Best’ Ice Cream Treats Launches Vegan Ice Cream Truck

The Frozen Fruit Co, named one of the “Best New Ice Cream Treats in Los Angeles” says it’s launching a vegan ice cream truck to bring its frozen treats to neighborhoods across the city. “We’ve currently been making our plant based vegan frozen treats fresh every day in our Santa Monica store for the last year and half, but its time to grow. We’re ready to launch our first Plant Based “Ice Cream” Truck,” says Frozen Fruit Co. “We constantly get asked when our plant based treats will be available across other parts of Los Angeles and a scoop truck...

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9 Vegan Eggs Benedict Recipes For a Hearty Brunch

On April 16, foodies of the U.S. observe “National Eggs Benedict Day.”  This day will see social media filled with hashtags shared by avid ‘grammers to showcase their Tumblr-worthy meals. However, Eggs Benedict is a dish that is enjoyed the world over, all year round. Traditionally, an ole’ Eggs Benny, as it is colloquially dubbed, will consist of poached eggs with hollandaise sauce, served with a side of bacon or ham over English muffins or toast. However, similar to most other animal-product-heavy dishes – there’s a vegan version. Enjoy these nine recipes that show you how to whip up classic, cruelty-free eggs benedict for...

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Australian Chocolatier San Churro Launches Dozens of Vegan Desserts Nationwide

On the 10th April, Australian chocolateria, San Churro is launching a new autumn menu in its 52 locations across the country. The sweets shop is introducing 24 vegan desserts and drinks, the company said in a statement. “We are excited to announce the launch of our new vegan desserts, which add a wider variety of options to our pre-existing offer of classic churros and Spanish dark chocolate,” revealed San Churro’s CEO, Giro Maurici. The PETA-approved plant-based desserts include customer favourites such as “delicioso” churros and dark chocolate creations. “San Churro’s delectable vegan treats make it easy to indulge your sweet...

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Vegan Brand Field Roast to Launch Plant-Based Chao Butter and Mayonnaise

Artisan vegan food company, Field Roast, is launching two “New Family Classics”: Chao Mayo and Chao Buttery Spread. Field Roast describes the Chao Mayo as “[s]mooth and balanced vegan mayo. with our signature Chao cultured tofu and expeller-pressed safflower oil.” The Chao Buttery Spread is “[p]remium quality, vegan buttery spread with a touch of sweet coconut cream.” Both new products are free of animal products and gluten, and the Chao Buttery Spread is soy-free. Last month, Field Roast announced the release of three Chao cheese dressings: Bold and Tangy Thousand Island, Classic Caesar, and Cracked Peppercorn Ranch. The name “Chao”...

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Vegan Musician and Activist Moby is Turning His Pool Into a Paradise for Bees

Animal activist and longtime vegan, Moby, has shown his 257,000 Instagram followers that sustainability can branch into aspects of life further than just one’s diet. The celebrity shared a snap of his backyard and announced he has filled in his pool to plant 16 adult trees and a variety of smaller plants to create a holistic ecosystem for pollinators like bees and butterflies. Moby captioned: “[p]roject ‘get rid of my pool and plant a bunch of trees’ is almost done. Yesterday we planted 16 adult trees, and over the next week we’re planting lots of little plants that pollinators love....

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GEICO Employees Offered Low-Fat Vegan Diet to Improve Health

American Government Employees Insurance Company (GEICO), recently teamed up with non-profit organization Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), to investigate whether a low-fat vegan diet would improve the health of office workers. The results of the two-part study were positive, as participants experienced a drastic health improvement. Whilst employees with type-2 diabetes, typically those with a BMI higher than 25, were a particular focus for researchers, the plant-based program was intended to help all workers. By introducing a low-fat, plant-based diet across the board, “the [overall] health of the company” will benefit, said key researcher and vegan physician, Dr. Neal Barnard. “People generally want...

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Slaughter-Free ‘Clean Meat’ Could Be a Kosher Pork for Jewish People

As lab-grown meat is currently taking the world by storm and expected to hit shelves this year, some influential rabbis have opened the discussion regarding kosher-friendly pork. For thousands of years, many Jewish people have left pork off the plate, as pigs and their flesh are defined as a taboo subject by religious law. However, with modern technology now enabling the production of “clean meat“, which is muscle grown in labs from extracted animal cells – Jewish kosher-observers may have found a loophole not previously considered. Yuval Cherlow, of the Tzohar Rabbinical Organization, is a “prominent orthodox rabbi”, according...

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Adopts Endangered Gorilla to Promote Animal Conservation Efforts

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson recently appeared on The Ellen Show, wherein the actor introduced a new addition to his family: a gorilla named Iyambere. The Rock shared a snap from the show to his 102 million Instagram followers. Johnson captioned: “Like father, like son..but he has much better hair and smells better 🦍 Cool moment today as I got to introduce my adopted son, IYAMBERE (Ee-Yom-Beh-Reh) to @theellenshow and the world.” “The research for my RAMPAGE role wound up being so much than I ever anticipate and I’m honored to have this incredible animal adopted in my name by...

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Nearly Half of Women Support a Cosmetics Animal Testing Ban, Says Survey

A new survey of 15,000 women conducted by popular makeup and beauty app Perfect365 has revealed women are inclined to support cruelty-free cosmetics. The survey data found 46% of the female respondents supported a bill that has been proposed to the state of California, similar to a bill in Hawaii, which would ban the sale of all animal-tested cosmetics. Of this group, 24% answered they are aware of and utilise animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)’s website to find information regarding certified cruelty-free beauty products. Further, 36% of the women surveyed said they only...

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Actor Ricky Gervais Says Animal Cruelty is ‘Just Wrong’, Regardless of ‘Tradition’

Actor and passionate animal rights activist, Ricky Gervais, has once again used his influential platform to stand up for animals. The star Tweeted to his 13.2 million followers that: “[a]nimal cruelty is wrong. ‘But, it’s a tradition’, doesn’t make it right, ‘It’s part of my religion’ doesn’t make it right, ‘It’s my livelihood’ doesn’t make it right, and ‘people are more important’ doesn’t make it right either. You know why? Because it’s just wrong.” After a skeptical Twitter user hit back at Gervais’ words by writing “[s]aying something is ‘just wrong’ doesnt make it wrong”, the actor was quick to shut...

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Vegan Beyond Sausages Arrive in Chicago, ‘America’s Sausage Capital’

Foodies of Chicago, rejoice! The Beyond Sausage has just touched down in town! Producers of the plant based sausage, Beyond Meat recently shared the announcement on Instagram. The company caption their post: “[w]e couldn’t be more fired 🔥 up to announce that #BeyondSausage has landed in our Nation’s sausage capital, Chicago!… ‪Starting today, @moonlighterchicago will offer three mouthwatering Beyond Sausage builds AND a secret off menu Chicago Dog. Check out our story to learn more 💯🙌‬” The three (yes, three) “mouthwatering“ vegan sausage builds were designed by The Moonlighter bar’s Executive Chef Mickey Neely. According to Beyond Meat, ‘The Hot Italian’ is topped with peppers,...

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InStyle Becomes First Fashion Magazine to Ban Fur

The major fashion magazine, InStyle has just announced a complete ban on fur. The publication’s editor-in-chief, Laura Brown, recognized the growing demand for fur-free fashion and took to Instagram to inform her 192,000 followers that since being employed by InStyle early last year, she has made a point to unofficially ban fur. Now the magazine will be writing Brown’s standpoint into company policy. Brown captioned a quote graphic featuring a chinchilla: “[s]ince I started at @instylemagazine, we have not photographed or endorsed fur. But after doing a panel with the @humanesociety, I’ve written about it on my May editor’s letter....

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New WWF Report Says a Vegan Diet Can Significantly Lower Our Carbon Footprint

A new report released by World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization for wildlife and endangered species, concluded food choices are a central factor in global warming. The report stated a plant-based diet will significantly lower one’s carbon footprint. WWF made its conclusions after studying four of Britain’s most iconic dishes: chicken tikka masala, fish and chips, ploughman’s lunch, and cawl – Wales’ famous lamb stew. The organization analysed how the ingredients needed for each meal are produced as well as the respective carbon footprints of each dish. Further, WWF compared the ‘carbon budget’ of each studied meal with the...

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Baskin Robbins Launches Vegan ‘Horchata Ice’ Sorbet

International ice cream brand, Baskin Robbins has released a new seasonal plant-based frozen dessert, “Horchata Ice.” Like the name suggests, this “refreshingly indulgent“ sorbet is inspired by the sweet Spanish drink. According to Delish, “[t]he vegan scoop tastes like coconut and cinnamon and is way creamier than most sorbets.”  Animal rights activist and president of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), Ingrid Newkirk, joined many on Twitter today, sharing her approval of the new vegan offering from the longtime ice cream maker. She captioned a picture of the scooped sorbet in a pink tub: “Junk food-y, but DELICIOUS on the...

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Half of US Dairy Drinkers Also Buy Vegan Alternatives, Finds Survey

Up to 50% of US dairy consumers also use vegan alternatives, according to new research conducted by Cargill. The corporation carried out a global survey in 13 countries to assess consumer preferences in regards to their dairy and dairy alternative purchases. The US data was derived from a survey population of 840 adults and was announced in March at the Natural Products Expo West trade show in Anaheim, Calif. The Cargill survey focused on the dairy-style products that are most consumed by adults in the US. The consumption of plant-based yogurt, flavored milk, and ice cream, along with other nondairy alternatives,...

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Vegan Nut-Free ‘Nutella’ Spread Made From Tahini Launches in US Stores

A new vegan Nutella-style product has hit U.S. stores and online markets. In contrast to the overly-processed original, this new chocolatey spread by Soom Foods has just three ingredients. Using tahini (sesame seed paste), cocoa powder, and powdered sugar, this nut-free Chocolate Sesame Spread has the same rich chocolatey taste and creaminess of Nutella. Soom Foods’ mission is to “harvest the natural powers of the ancient sesame seed to inspire delicious cuisine, healthy people, and happy communities,” according to the brand’s Facebook page. The company focuses on providing quality, decadent foods consumers can enjoy every day without sacrificing their health or...

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Vegan Actor Evanna Lynch and Animal Activist Ricky Gervais Push for UK Foie Gras Ban

Last week, Britain’s “Green Grandad” Bill Oddie delivered a bill to the UK parliament, containing more than 70,000 signatures in support of banning foie gras imports. Spearheading the potential ban is animal protection organization Animal Equality. The group sought to reduce the suffering and death of a large number of birds farmed for foie gras when it introduced the petition in June last year, following a poll that discovered 77% Brits supported a foie gras imports ban. Passionate animal rights activist and celebrity, Ricky Gervais, recently tweeted Animal Equality’s petition for his 13.2 million followers to see. This short...

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Vegan Diet Fuels Beyoncé Through 11-Hour Coachella Rehearsals

Beyoncé’s vegan diet is powering her through rehearsals in preparation for her performance at the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Beyoncé, labeled by the BBC as the voice of a generation, was forced to cancel her Coachella performance last year after strong recommendations from doctors. At the time, she was heavily pregnant with twins Rumi and Sir, who are now approaching 10-months-old.  According to TMZ, the star has booked 11-hour rehearsal sessions to ensure she is on top form for this month’s festival. Six daily vegan meals, prepared by her own private chef, are providing her with the sustenance...

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Leon Restaurants Add 7 New Vegan Fast Food Options to Menu

“Naturally fast food” U.K. restaurant chain, Leon, has slowly been increasing its range of vegan-friendly menu items. Now, two new savory dishes and five plant-based desserts have joined the diverse menu. Leon lunch-goers will soon have the option of ordering Meatless Meatballs: vegan meatballs with tomato sauce, herbs, and aioli served atop a bed of rice. Or, a Plant Burger: an edamame-based patty with ketchup and veggies. Cake cabinets at Leon restaurants are set to be stocked with vegan desserts, made by Greenwich patisserie, Rubys. These include Rose and Pistachio Baked Doughnuts and Chocolate Chai Baked Doughnuts, a PB...

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Alicia Silverstone says Veganism is One of the Most Effective Ways to Save Our Planet

Vegan actress Alicia Silverstone, best known for her role as Cher Horowitz in the iconic 1995 film Clueless, recently spoke out about her passion for sustainable living. In an interview with Media Planet, Silverstone discussed her longtime vegan lifestyle and how personal choices can impact the planet. Silverstone revealed she first went vegan due to her love for animals, but later realized this choice also had a profound effect on the planet. Silverstone then embarked on a journey to further reduce her impact on the environment. “Animal agriculture is responsible for more than half of greenhouse gas emissions and is the...

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Clean Meat Brand Raises $3.5 Million to Create Lab-Grown Salmon

Clean meat company, Wild Type recently netted $3.5 million in funding. The company is working to develop technology that allows cellular agriculture to grow any type of animal protein, not just muscle meat. For now, in a bid to create sustainable seafood, Wild Type is developing small pieces of lab-grown salmon that hold their shape when used in sushi. Then, they intend to advance and make salmon lox. Salmon filets are set to follow, and if all goes to plan, will help to form the basis of Wild Type’s clean meat technology for any animal protein. Wild Type was...

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New Vegan ‘House of Cards’ Actress Kate Mara Ditches Leather

House of Cards actress, Kate Mara has said her vegan diet is now being reflected in her clothing choices, as the star ditches leather from her wardrobe. In a recent interview with Parade, Mara revealed how her fashion choices are changing to better fit her compassionate lifestyle. “I am slowly trying to get rid of and not buy leather products anymore. I’ve never worn fur, and I’m very much against it, but I also know that leather is probably just as bad. It’s in a lot more clothing, shoes and bags than fur is,” Mara said. “So it’s more difficult for...

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Vegan Cyclist Wins 5,500 Kilometre Race

Vegan athlete Abdullah Zeinab has won the 2018 Indian Pacific Wheel Race, a gruelling 5,500 kilometre (3,400 miles) cycling event that Zeinab completed in just 14 days. Speaking to Bicycling Australia, Zeinab said he ate a large meal before bed, a big breakfast the following day, and then snacked during his daily rides, which covered an average of nearly 400 kilometres per day. Between meals and rest, the 24-year-old athlete consumed high-calorie nuts and Gatorade to fuel his journey. “After a few days everything tastes the same. Nuts taste like Gatorade and Gatorade tastes like Oreos, it all tastes the...

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Clean Meat Set to Transform New Zealand’s Economy, Says Food Futurist

New Zealand’s economy, built on billions of dollars of agricultural exports, may soon experience a drastic change. Food futurist Dr. Rosie Bosworth believes the country’s current agricultural commodities will not be able to compete with lab-grown animal products when they launch into the mainstream marketplace. Modern technology now allows for stems cells to be extracted from an animal, then grown into muscle in a lab, a practice called cellular agriculture. This protein is the same meat you might find at a butcher’s store, but the difference is that lab-grown meat is made without the slaughter of animals. The first successfully lab-grown...

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Slaughter Free ‘Clean Meat’ Could be Feeding India by 2025

Lab-grown meat, or “clean meat“, may hit store shelves in India by 2025, The Economic Times reported. The move, brought about by a collaboration between the Humane Society International (HSI) and the Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), has the ability to decrease meat consumption and animal slaughter across India. The partnership operates with the intention of not only connecting startup businesses with regulators but promoting modern technology which allows scientists to grow meat in labs using extracted stem cells from animals. The Hyderabad-based CCMB, among other organizations across the globe, is actively working to upscale clean meat...

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Nearly 50% of Brits Would Give Up Meat Over Their Car

New data has revealed almost half of Britain would opt to go vegetarian rather than give up their car in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. The data was part of research called “Cars Against Humanity”, obtained by comparethemarket.com and backed by environmentalist and Gresham College professor Carolyn Roberts. Forty-seven percent of Brits said they would omit meat from their diet in order to continue driving a car, whereas only 18 percent said they would stop driving if they could still eat meat. The rest were undecided. As the oil which petrol production relies...

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Soulgood Vegan Food Truck Brings Classic American Food to NFL Draft

Vegan food truck Soulgood will offer its Classic American eats to 75,000 people at the upcoming NFL Fan Festival Draft Experience at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, April 26-28. Despite this free football event being a long-standing affair, there was a gap for vegan food available, chef Cynthia Nevels, the founder of Soulgood, told LIVEKINDLY. “We have never seen a vegan food provider at AT&T Stadium and several of our Soulgood fans reached out to us via social media to encourage us to apply to be a vendor for the upcoming event,” Nevels explained. Following these requests, the business then made...

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New Cruelty-Free and Organic Vegan Sunless Tanner Launches at Boots

While not everyone is a fan of sunless tanners, a new cruelty-free and vegan product has hit the market which Naomi Pike of Vogue UK says, “Will Change What You Thought You Knew About Getting A Glow”. “To fake tan or not to fake tan?” she wrote. “Some of you will side with those that can’t imagine leaving the house without a from-the-bottle golden glow, others of you will have never ever risked the orange-streaked, biscuit-smelling stigma, while the rest of you might be – like me – a fair-weather fake tan friend.” Pike described her experience with the...

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15 Vegan (and Gluten-Free!) Recipes For a Plant-Based Easter Feast

Easter, the time of chocolatey indulgences and egg hunts is upon us. However, while this holiday is celebrated as an exciting time for families and friends to get together with kindness, often this ends up being to the detriment of animals. But the following vegan recipes help you achieve a truly kind and cruelty-free Easter celebration. You’ll find clucking good gluten-free, soy-free, and nut-free vegan recipes included! 15 Vegan and Gluten-Free Friendly Recipes for a Plant-Based Easter 1. Seitan Mushroom Roast Animals don’t need to die in order for the whole guest list to enjoy a meaty meal. *While...

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30 Vegan Recipes For a Deliciously Plant-Based April

Many high-profile celebrities and influencers have adopted a plant-based diet recently. If an inspiration of yours is Beyoncé, Lewis Hamilton, Drake, or Zac Efron, or you’re a fan of Alan Cumming, Miley Cyrus, or Ed Sheeran – vegan may have been a word circulating in your social media feed.  If you have been motivated to make the switch alongside your favorite stars, we have one inspirational vegan recipe for every day of plant-power this April. 30 Vegan Recipes For People Enjoying Plant-Based Food This April 1. Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potato Skins This recipe proves how tasty vegan and gluten-free food can...

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Animal Welfare Documentary ‘The Last Pig’ Screens in London This Week

The multiple-award-winning documentary “The Last Pig“, which details the life of a pig farmer who searches for compassion amid a lengthy ethical struggle over sending his pigs to slaughter, is set to screen in London this week. Vegan celebrity Moby has praised the film as “[s]tartling, honest and deeply beautiful.” “For over a decade, Bob Comis has provided a humane—even idyllic—life for the pigs he farms. But as he tends to his charges, he develops a closeness that begins to haunt him, and his weekly trips to the slaughterhouse become agonizing. With 250 pigs on the farm, Comis suddenly finds himself trapped by...

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Virtual Reality Program Teaching Students Animal Compassion Arrives in U.S. Schools

A first-of-its-kind program has launched in classrooms across America. The initiative uses Virtual Reality technology to help students make the connection that farm animals are “friends, not food.” The “cultivating compassion in-classroom program” is led by Farm Sanctuary Humane Education. According to a press release, this free-of-charge modern food education program is opening minds in New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Connecticut, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Throughout the experience, which is suitable for most ages, students take a “virtual field trip.” Using Virtual Reality headset technology, participants are ‘transported’ from the classroom to the peaceful, grassy fields at Farm...

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Vegan Documentary ‘Eating You Alive’ Exposes How the ‘Trap’ of Fast Food Impacts Health

The feature-length vegan health documentary, “Eating You Alive”, is set to screen at 500 cinemas across America later this week. The film’s producers and director Paul David Kennamer and Merrilee Jacobs spoke to LIVEKINDLY about their motivation behind the film. After adopting a whole-food, plant-based (WFPB) diet, and experiencing firsthand the benefits that come from making this lifestyle change, Kennamer and Jacobs were inspired to create the film. Health is not wholly inherited, the pair wanted to show viewers; we all have the power to take control and shape our lives – for better or for worse. “Eating You Alive”...

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Kraft Heinz to Center Investments on ‘Disruptive’ Plant-Based Start-Ups

American food company The Kraft Heinz Company has announced its latest project, Springboard Brands. An incubator program that intends to focus on growing certified-organic, vegan/plant-based, and locally-made food start-ups, the platform will “springboard” qualifying brands with a $50,000 investment. Kraft Heinz will also provide opportunities for networking and impart its expertise to chosen investees. Springboard Brands will seek to accept brands that fulfill a category from one of four key areas. The company says these are the central pillars that will “shape the next generation of food.” These pillars are natural and organic, health and performance experiential brands, and specialty, and craft. The...

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New Vegan Chilled Ready-Meal Range Launches Across UK

Shoppers in London now have another line of ready-made meal options to choose from. This new range, made by The Plantifull Food Co., has recently become available in stores across the UK. The nutritious plant-based meal range can also be ordered online. The Plantifull Food Co’s debut ready-made meal line has been in the works for a while. After husband-and-wife founders Becca and Adam Courtenay watched the 2011 documentary, “Forks Over Knives,” they trialed a vegan diet for a week and then experienced a life-changing epiphany. As a result, it was decided continuing a life of corporate jobs wasn’t for the...

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Second-Largest Mexican State to Serve Nearly 1 Million Vegan School Meals

Veracruz, Mexico’s second-largest state, will be serving 925,000 vegan meals in its schools this year. This announcement followed an agreement between Mercy For Animals’ Latin American food policy program, “Come Consciente” (Conscious Eating), and Mexican government officials. Because of this new partnership, schools in Veracruz will offer vegan meals every Monday. Set to begin in April, this plant-based program will be responsible for replacing 20 percent of animal products served within Veracruz schools with a vegan alternative. The healthier meals will have not only offer healthier food for the students but help them learn from an early age of the many benefits...

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New Society for Millennials Aims to End Factory Farming

Major non-profit animal rights organization, Mercy For Animals, has launched a new society for like-minded millennials who are fighting to end factory farming. Named “One to Change the World (OCW) Society”, the new group aims to unite young, vegan leaders within the Los Angeles and San Francisco communities. The recent OCW launch party was “[h]eld at the stunning Monroe lounge in San Francisco” where guests were treated to “live music, specialty drinks, and delicious vegan hors-d’oeuvres from Om Sabor,” said Mercy For Animals on its website. Through the OCW society, young people are able to meet others who share their passion and...

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HelloFresh Meal Delivery Company Introduces Vegan Options

HelloFresh, a company which delivers meals to customers’ homes, has tapped into the growing vegan movement and purchased Green Chef, for an undisclosed price. Green Chef, a fellow meal delivery service, caters for people with a diverse range of lifestyles, including vegans, people on a gluten-free diet, ketogenic-eaters, and meat-eaters. Home delivery meal services are becoming highly sought-after. The demand coincides with a rise in busy, fast-paced lifestyles whereby some feel they lack the time, knowledge, or resources required to maintain a balanced eating schedule. Since it was founded in 2014 by Michael Joseph, Green Chef has accumulated close to...

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Birkenstock Launches Vegan and Cruelty-Free Skincare Range

Iconic footwear company, Birkenstock, renowned for its durable and comfortable sandals and shoes, has announced plans to expand into the sock and skincare market. The new lines will launch this fall. “Notably, the entire line is cruelty free, vegan and the brand will use renewable raw materials for packaging to be eco-friendly,” The Loop reported. Birkenstock uses a material made from oak cork in the soles of its shoes, a practice that has become a somewhat iconic feature of the brand. Recently, the German company discovered that this oak cork possesses anti-aging properties that may also help mitigate the appearance of fine...

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Vegan Restaurant Serving Sushi Sandwiches Opens in Prague

A vegan sushi bistro has opened in Prague. The new eatery has a focus on serving Onigirazu, or as they are colloquially dubbed, ‘sushi sandwiches.’ Aptly, Onigirazu is also the name of the new restaurant. According to media outlet City Spy Prague, “[d]espite Prague’s plentiful offerings, vegetarian sushi is often limited to the usual carrot/avocado/cucumber fare even at the Czech capital’s better sushi bars (though the veggie sushi options at YAMI Sushi Bistro are excellent).” This is where Onigirazu (the eatery, that is) hopes to make a change. The fillings featured inside these sushi-style sandwiches include baked tempeh with carrot, avocado,...

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Plant-Based Actor Kevin Smith Credits Dramatic Weight Loss to Penn Jillette’s Vegan Diet Program

American filmmaker Kevin Smith revealed on his podcast, Hollywood Babble-On, that he is following in the food-steps of illusionist and fellow comedian Penn Jillette, by eating a potato-only diet. That’s right. Potatoes only. Jillette’s diet book, “Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear”, influenced the comedic director to make the dietary switch. After the initial potato phase, followers of the diet add other vegetables to salads for three months of the plant-based regime. Fruits and nuts are not included in the plan, which is intended as a weight loss scheme. This news comes just a month after Smith announced on...

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Comedian Russell Brand Buys Vegan Cookies For Entire ‘Re:Birth’ Audience

Comedian Russell Brand is currently touring the UK and Ireland as part of his humor-laden stand-up comedy show, Re:Birth. News recently broke that the generous vegetarian celebrity brought the whole of his sold-out Swansea audience food from a local eatery, Govinda’s Vegetarian and Vegan Cafe. Brand’s audience at the performing arts center, Swansea’s Grand Theatre on Tuesday evening this week were treated to vegan Hare Krishna cookies; the massive order was reportedly paid for by the comedian himself. Considering the theatre boasts 1,014 seats in the large auditorium, the eatery was busy making batches upon batches of cookies for the appreciative...

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Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara to Star in Vegan Documentary ‘Dominion’

The upcoming feature-length sequel to Australian animal rights pig-farming expose film, “Dominion“ has just released a new trailer and shared the celebrity narrators: none other than the vegan actor and actress, respectively Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara. These two stars are reportedly in a relationship. Those who watched the fellow vegan documentary, “Earthlings“ will be familiar with the voice of Phoenix, as he also narrated that film, which has inspired high numbers of people to adopt veganism. The team behind Dominion shared a picture of Phoenix and Mara via their Facebook page, the pair is standing with the director...

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Boxer Mike Rashid Says Health Improvement After Going Vegan Was a ‘Miracle’

Boxer Mike Rashid just announced his newfound vegan diet in his latest YouTube video. The plant-based athlete speaks to his former ketogenic diet, his experience as a plant-strong competitor, and the burning question on everyone’s minds: where does he get his protein. Rashid was once a major proponent of the ketogenic diet. For nine months, he followed this lifestyle religiously, consuming animal-based protein sources and eating one meal a day. However, since switching to a plant-based diet, the heavyweight boxer said he felt a noticeable difference in his health and physique. A post shared by Mike Rashid King (@mikerashid) on...

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Vegan Food Trucks Arrive Across India to Curb Nation’s Meat Intake

India’s leading vegetarian meat producers “Good Dot” are set to launch a plant-based meat-centric food truck in Udaipur. Preceding the debut launch, Good Dot will also launch similar food trucks with a focus on plant-based protein in Ahmedabad, Bhilwara, Patna, Bangalore, and Jaipur or Lucknow — the company says it is still deciding between the two. These six vegan food trucks, which will be in action within two months, will help increase the accessibility of vegan protein in India, alongside providing the Indian food market with convenient plant-based options. The company says it intends to launch more food trucks in...

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Musician Ed Sheeran Buys Vegan Pizza for His Fans in Australia

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has been touring across the globe for his Divide tour. A new quote from an appreciative fan has revealed the internationally-recognized musician purchased vegan pizza for two vegan Ed-fanatics. Reportedly, Sheeran and his touring agency, Frontier Touring, arranged for vegan Domino’s pizzas to be delivered to Suncorp Stadium where devoted fans were camping out, eager to get as far to the front of the mosh pit as possible. The fans began their wait on Saturday, in anticipation for the Brisbane leg of Sheeran’s tour, on Tuesday evening. One fan told Brisbane breakfast radio station, Hit 105, that the...

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Vegan Biotech Company ‘Poised to Disrupt’ the $100 Billion Leather Industry

Start-up biofabrication company Modern Meadow which makes animal-free leather from cellular agriculture has teamed up with Evonik Industries, a European chemical company. The partnership is “poised to disrupt the $100 billion traditional leather industry” with a sustainable approach, CNBC reports. New Jersey-based Modern Meadow’s revolutionary products are made in a lab because the company believes in “a future where animal products are animal-free.”  The start-up’s new vegan leather, made with a process similar to brewing beer, will possess a striking likeness, in terms of smell and texture, to animal hide. Lab-grown leather is far more efficient to produce than animal-based leather; while this new product takes...

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Singer Halsey Asks 9 Million Followers For the Best Vegan Donuts in Manhattan – And Here They Are!

Celebrity art-pop singer and actress Halsey asked her 9.19 million Twitter followers where to find the best vegan donuts in Manhattan, hinting that she may have followed in the footsteps of fellow artists Beyoncé and Drake and adopted a plant-based diet. Halsey posted the tweet that simple stated: “[b]est vegan donuts in Manhattan GO!”. The Twitterverse was quick to respond and share their favorite options. LIVEKINDLY replied by sharing a vegan eatery in mid-Manhattan that does more than just serve plant-based food (and donuts). P.S Kitchen donates all proceeds to sustainable charities. However, Manhattan is a large place and there are a number of...

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Female Millennial CEO Launches Sustainable Vegan Footwear Line

Sara Irvani, a third-generation shoemaker and millennial CEO, has launched a new footwear brand, Third Oak. Irvani’s vegan-friendly shoes are made sustainably, using only recyclable materials, including a bio-based material made from soy derivatives. This allows the company to produce fashionable shoes yet “leave the environment safe for future generations.” When Irvani discovered the facts about the “hidden wasteful side of shoe manufacturing,” she banded together with her team to create “a sustainable brand that is both attractive and affordable.” Relying on fabrics made from recycled materials, upcycled materials, and renewable resources reduce the greenhouse gas emissions released into the atmosphere, which are slowly...

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