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Meat + The Destruction of Earth's Biodiversity

on Tuesday, 17 October 2017. Posted in News

Meat + The Destruction of Earth's Biodiversity

While we often immediately think of the plight of the innocent farmed animals when it comes to the food industry we may not always think of their wildlife counterparts which, as it turns out, are suffering from meaty diets as well. According to a new report from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), "found that meat-based diets are responsible for the loss of 60 percent of global biodiversity." We are essentially wiping out parts of the Congo Basin, the Amazon, and the Himalayas to grow crops to feed animals that are raised for food, essentially destroying the natural resources and wild inhabitants of said lands along with it. 

Read the report in full at WWF.org.uk.

Online Vegan Product Sales Tripled

on Tuesday, 10 October 2017. Posted in News

Online Vegan Product Sales Tripled

It's not just physical grocery stores and supermarkets that are seeing a boom the sales of vegan products. The online world is experiencing it too! Per data collected by 1010Data (a market research firm), sales products that advertised as plant-based increased 2.7 times. Among the top items sold were protein powder, books, and shakes. "Consumers are getting more conscious...they're mindful of products they put in and on their bodies and the environmental impact they have..." notes the report. Additionally, between March 2016 and July 2017 the search term "plant-based" tripled!

Check out the source pieces on VegNews.com.

Walmart Requests Increase in Vegan Products Due to Consumer Demand

on Tuesday, 03 October 2017. Posted in News

Walmart Requests Increase in Vegan Products Due to Consumer Demand

When one of the nation's largest retailers publicly puts a call out to their suppliers, and to the companies they work with, for more plant-based products due to demand, well could there be a clearer sign that times are 100 percent changing? Whoa. "The retail giant...found that 36 percent of consumers buy plant-based meats, 26 percent have reduced their meat consumption in the previous 12 months, and 58 percent prefer plant-based milk to dairy," noted VegNews, on the topic. Per Walmart's news piece, they are also encouraging suppliers to consider new marketing tactics to reach vegan customers. 

To learn more check out the article on WalmartNewsNow.com.

Nationwide Plant-Based Challenge Sweeps Scottish Parliament

on Tuesday, 26 September 2017. Posted in News

Nationwide Plant-Based Challenge Sweeps Scottish Parliament

In response to the overwhelming evidence of how animal agriculture impacts the health of the planet—in a surprising move—Scottish Parliament will support "Plate Up for the Planet." In a joint effort with The Vegan Society, Green Scotland Green Party member, Mark Ruskell forwarded a motion to make it all come together. "The 'Plate Up for the Planet' campaign aims to get veganism on the political agenda, especially when it comes to tackling climate change," said Louise Davies, head of Campaigns and Policy for The Vegan Society. With early support from Scottish Parliament Member thus far, it's looking to be a great step forward. 

Check out the source article on VegNews.com.

Dutch Meat Company Commits Half its Business to Plant-Based Products

on Tuesday, 19 September 2017. Posted in News

Dutch Meat Company Commits Half its Business to Plant-Based Products

In a surprising move one of the largest Dutch lunch meat companies, Zwanenberg has decided to sell off half of its company—replacing 50 percent of it to focus on meatless proteins—in an effort to respond to consumer demand. "It is now quite normal for young people to not eat meat three days a week," said Zwanenberg CEO Ronald Lotgernik. The company—which has been around since 1929—will shift its focus to veggie-based products including sauces, soups, and meatless snacks. They are not alone, mega food companies like Tyson, Nestlé, and Danone have also invested in plant-based products in recent years as consumer purchases skew more veg and less animal-based foods. These companies go where the money is—let's keep showing 'em what we want!

Read more from the source article on VegNews.com.

Research shows our bones were actually stronger before dairy.

on Tuesday, 12 September 2017. Posted in News

Research shows our bones were actually stronger before dairy.

The University of California, Davis released the results of a study conducted around the advent of dairy as it relates to human bone density. As it turns out, we were much better off before consuming the secretions of another species! By studying more than 500 skulls and jaw bones from two dozen pre-industrial humans globally, "[the researchers found] that early hunter-gatherers had stronger jaws...developed from chewing plants. Alternatively, animal farmers had weaker bones due to their soft diet," notes coverage from Veg-News.

Learn more about this study and its findings at ScienceDaily.com.

Unprecedented Demand for Plant-Based Food Formulations & Products

on Tuesday, 05 September 2017. Posted in News

Unprecedented Demand for Plant-Based Food Formulations & Products

With a 140 percent increase in 2016, for the demand of plant-based formulations, Bart Child, the CEO of Nellson (an ingredients-manufacturing company) indicates "recognizable" plant-based ingredients are the future. "We are seeing an increased demand for plant-based formulations in both nutritional bars and powders," Child said, in an interview with Foodnavigator. In contrast, whey-based products grew by only 2 percent last year. Child's company now has plans to expand production with a focus on peas, pumpkin, soy, algae, chia, soy, rice, hemp, and black beans as the protein source. 

Read more about this shift on Foodnavigator.com.

Down With Dairy: Australia's Biggest Dairy Company Closing Locations

on Tuesday, 29 August 2017. Posted in News

Down With Dairy: Australia's Biggest Dairy Company Closing Locations

With a 22 percent drop in sales, in just this past year, Murray Goulburn (MG)—the largest dairy supplier in Australia—has taken a major hit. As a result, they've been forced to shut down three processing facilities and to halt their line of infant formula. In a public statement to the Australian Stock Exchange, MG noted that the blow is due in part to a "significant reduction in milk intake." On the topic, VegNews reminded us that the word "vegan" was the most searched dietary term in 2016. And non-dairy milk sales are at an all time high. Plant-based milks are the future, no doubt about it.

For more about Murray Goulburn check out DailyMail.co.uk.

Join Our Annual Pledge to #FastAgainstSlaughter

on Wednesday, 23 August 2017. Posted in News, Tips & Ideas

Join Our Annual Pledge to #FastAgainstSlaughter

The Worldwide #FastAgainstSlaughter is fast approaching and you can join us in adding your voice during World Day for Farmed Animals (October 2nd). Each day, 160 million farmed animals are transported to meet their gruesome end at slaughterhouses throughout the world. Through our voluntary sacrifice of food, we will amplify the voices of the billions of farmed animals suffering around the world. Help us inspire others to learn the truth and to mobilize a compassionate global community who will not simply wait around for justice. Plan or attend an event, share on social media, and/or take the pledge today at DayForAnimals.com.

More Than a Dozen Countries Recall Over 1 Million Contaminated Eggs

on Tuesday, 22 August 2017. Posted in News

More Than a Dozen Countries Recall Over 1 Million Contaminated Eggs

There is a substance called fipronil. Ingesting this substance can cause damaging side effects on people's thyroid, kidney, and liver. Fipronil is used to treat lice on chicken farms, however, it is illegal to use on animals that are bred and raised for human consumption—or that produce byproducts used for human consumption. Traces of fipronil were recently found in samples of eggs from farms in Belgium and the Netherlands resulting in a recall of more than 1 million eggs. This recall reached throughout Hong Kong, Switzerland, and 13 European Union countries. 

Read more about what happened, on BBC.com.

'What The Health' Documentary Inspires NFL players to Eat Plant-Based Foods

on Thursday, 17 August 2017. Posted in Inspiration, News

'What The Health' Documentary Inspires NFL players to Eat Plant-Based Foods

What do professional athletes Theo Riddick and Trent Williams have in common, other than being players on National Football League (NFL) teams? They've both switched to eating a plant-based diet thanks to a new vegan documentary! In separate interviews with The Detroit News and ESPN respectively, both athletes have shared that their recent shifts in dietary choices and resulting health benefits were inspired by What The Health (currently streaming on Netflix). "Watching things like that is alarming on a lot of levels because of a lot of things you don't know...such as [eating] chicken and drinking milk has no nutritional value..." said Theo, running back for the Detroit Lions. Trent, of the Washington Redskins, said, "I'll never go back to eating like I used to...it's a choice. There's no temptation. No one is policing me saying I can or can't eat meat." Nice work, team. Keep it up! ::wink::

Check out the source piece on VegNews.com.

The Gulf of Mexico Being Destroyed by Harmful Runoff From Tyson Foods

on Tuesday, 08 August 2017. Posted in News

The Gulf of Mexico Being Destroyed by Harmful Runoff From Tyson Foods

The United States' biggest meat production company, Tyson Foods, finds itself in the spotlight once again regarding their contribution to environmental degradation. A new report by environmental group Mighty Earth notes that huge "dead zones" (one of which is approximately the size of New Jersey) in The Gulf of Mexico—which kill massive populations of fish and create irreversible water pollution—are directly linked to animal feed farm runoff from Tyson Foods. Their farms "require five million acres of corn annually to feed the 35 million chickens and 125,000 cows it slaughters every week," notes VegNews' coverage of the report.

Learn more about their damages at MightyEarth.org.

UK's Ad Agency Standards Sides with "Humane Milk is a Myth" Campaign

on Tuesday, 01 August 2017. Posted in News

UK's Ad Agency Standards Sides with

Animal rights group, Go Vegan World, started a billboard campaign in the UK earlier this year stating that "humane milk is a myth." Groups like the National Farmer's Union complained to the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) that the billboard's claims were misleading consumers and making the dairy industry seem unfavorable. After deliberation, the ASA stated, "we understood it was the case that calves were generally separated from their mothers very soon after birth, and we, therefore, concluded that the ad was unlikely to materially mislead readers." Boom! That's right.

Check out the details at GoVeganWorld.com.

Carbon Footprint of Meat Eaters is 2x as Much as Those Who Eat Vegan

on Tuesday, 18 July 2017. Posted in News

Carbon Footprint of Meat Eaters is 2x as Much as Those Who Eat Vegan

GoCompare Energy (GCE), a research company, recently shared the results of a report based their carbon calculator system. "GCE determined that people who eat meat daily produce 2.8 tons of carbon dioxide annually—compared to 1.5 tons for those who consume vegetarian diets, and only 1.1 tons produced annually by vegans," noted the coverage by VegNews Magazine. Additionally, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations also reported raising animals for food is the cause of more greenhouse gas emissions than that of all transportation combined.

Learn more from the source piece on VegNews.com.

Round-Up of Reasons Consuming Meat is Harmful to Human Health

on Tuesday, 11 July 2017. Posted in News

Round-Up of Reasons Consuming Meat is Harmful to Human Health

It seems as though on a weekly basis new research and science journals are publishing important reminders regarding eating plant-based foods and cutting out meat and dairy. Joel Kahn, MD (founder of the Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity and Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine) published a piece on VegNews.com reiterating nine fact-based reasons humans should avoid meat. They include things like liver disease, depression, stomach cancer, head and neck cancer, and gestational diabetes, to name a few.

Read more from the source piece on VegNews.com.

New Zealanders move toward meat-free dietary and lifestyle choices.

on Tuesday, 04 July 2017. Posted in News

New Zealanders move toward meat-free dietary and lifestyle choices.

New findings by Bean Supreme (a research food company) via a survey distributed to one thousand New Zealand residents shows that vegetarian and vegan choices are on the rise in this small country. Twenty-four percent surveyed said they intend to a eat a mostly veg diet by the year 2025. Determining factors for this choice included personal health, cost savings, and animal welfare. "Bean Supreme's survey echoes the results of a similar poll conducted last year by research firm Roy Morgan Research, which found that one in 10 Kiwis identified as always or mostly vegetarian," noted coverage by VegNews.com.

Read more about these findings on Scoop.co.nz.

A Call For Replacing Cancerous Foods in Hospitals with Plant-Based Meals

on Tuesday, 27 June 2017. Posted in News

A Call For Replacing Cancerous Foods in Hospitals with Plant-Based Meals

Do you remember decades ago when doctors came together to ban tobacco from hospitals in order to benefit everyone, including those trying to break the habit? It's happening again but this time with food; the connection noteworthy, given that in 2015 processed meats were reclassified by the World Health Organization to be in the same cancer-causing category as cigarettes. The American Medical Association (AMA) issued a request after a recent meeting on the matter: "the AMA hereby call on US hospitals to improve the health of patients, staff, and visitors by providing a variety of healthful food including plant-based meals..."

Learn more at LiveScience.com.

The $16 Billion Bang of Dairy-Free Products Around The Globe

on Tuesday, 20 June 2017. Posted in News

The $16 Billion Bang of Dairy-Free Products Around The Globe

With an admirable compound annual growth rate of 20 percent, between 2012 and 2016, non-dairy products continue to take the world by storm. Yet another new report, this time from Innova Market Insights (IMI), shows a worth of $16.3 billion for the plant-based milk sector. "The category has been further boosted by the growing availability and promotion of plant-based options to traditional dairy lines....Particularly beverages, but also cultured products such as yogurt, frozen desserts...creamers, and cheese," said IMI's director of innovation, Lu Ann Williams.

Read more from the source article on VegNews.com.
(photo from PETA UK)

Global Meat Consumption Down by 70% of The Population, Study Shows.

on Tuesday, 13 June 2017. Posted in News

Global Meat Consumption Down by 70% of The Population, Study Shows.

GlobalData, a market insights research company, recently shared its results of a recent study which indicates that 70 percent of the entire population of the world is consuming less meat. "As consumers look to eat healthier and cleaner while reducing their impact on the planet...items like pea protein powder, plant-based burgers, nut-based cheese, jackfruit shredded meat, and soy chorizo are popping up left and right on restaurants menus and in stores," said Nicole Peranick of New Hope Network. Progress and change are real! Yes!

Learn more about this at NewHope.com.

Dramatic reduction in the use of critical resources like land, emissions, and waste in producing vegan burger.

on Tuesday, 06 June 2017. Posted in News

Dramatic reduction in the use of critical resources like land, emissions, and waste in producing vegan burger.

Now more than ever the relevance and importance of protecting our planet is at an all time high. Therefore it is with great excitement that we learn about a recent sustainability report released by Impossible Foods (a vegan food company) highlighting how many resources are actually needed to produce their leading product, the Impossible Burger. "...the [burger] uses 75 percent less water, 95 percent less land, and produces 87 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than that of an animal-based burger," note a review of the data on VegNews.com.

Read Impossible Foods' full report at ImpossibleFoods.com.

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