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01/18/2019 ASTRONAUTS COULD SOON GROW VEGAN FOOD FOR LONG SPACE MISSIONS

Crew members aboard the International Space Station may soon be able to grow beans and other vegan food thanks to new high-tech planters developed at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The planters can regulate the water, nutrients, gas, and air that plants need, and could be crucial to sustaining the crew in future space missions. In the study, NTNU researchers performed three experiments: the first two determined the effect of restricted rooting and nutrient solution volumes, and a third experiment was performed to assess plant responses to various nitrate nutrient solution concentrations. "We found that plants can, in a way, 'smell' the amount of nutrients available to them," Silje Wolff, a plant physiologist at NTNU's Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Space, said. "When the nitrogen concentration is very low, the plant will absorb more water and thus more nitrogen until it reaches an optimal level." The next step is to grow beans in space to observe the effect of zero gravity on plants' ability to absorb water and nutrients. Simulating the absence of gravity cannot be done on Earth. "The dream of every astronaut is to be able to eat fresh food, like strawberries, cherry tomatoes, or anything that's really flavorful," Wolff said. "Someday that will certainly be possible. We envision a greenhouse with several varieties of vegetables." (vegnews.com)

01/17/2019 MOBY IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT

Musician and vegan activist Moby announced his candidacy for President of the United States this week. "I've been thinking about it for five minutes or so, and I've decided to run for President," Moby began the announcement on Instagram. Moby asked fans to keep several factors in mind about his announcement, stating, "I'm completely unqualified (but that didn't stop Trump or George W. Bush)," "I won't campaign or raise money," and "I absolutely do not think I should be President." Moby urged voters to consider a number of issues at the polls, such as government subsidies for industries that poison people—listing tobacco, animal agriculture, and oil production— despite the "trillions of dollars" Americans spend on healthcare as a result. The vegan activist also tasked fans to start critical discussions about why the US continues to engage in colonialism (asking, "Why is Puerto Rico not a state?") and "anti-democratic" systems such as the electoral college. Moby used his announcement as a platform to encourage fans to vote for a candidate that is not himself, but someone that he hopes would be more qualified for the position than Trump. "But sure, I'll run for President as long as I don't have to campaign, and as long as no one votes for me," Moby said. "Also, your vote matters, so please don't waste your vote on celebrities or third party candidates." (vegnews.com)

01/16/2019 62 SCHOOLS IN NYC GO PLANT BASED FOR 10 DAYS

Sixty-two schools and 13 businesses in New York joined The Good Life program to participate in a 10-day plant-based health challenge. The Program is led by teacher Doud Schmidt, and involves 3,200 participants. In 2018, the program was joined by 35 schools, and more than 1,300 participants committed to plant-based meals. The challenge helped them lower their cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose levels, excess weight, and increase their energy and quality of sleep. Schmidt created the program after plant-based diet helped him heal after suffering from a major heart attack. It is his goal now to help other people regain their health. (vegnews.com)

01/14/2019 IMPOSSIBLE BURGER 2.0 WINS TOP PRIZE AT WORLD'S BIGGEST TECH CONFERENCE

Technology authorities Digital Trends and Engadget named the Impossible Burger 2.0 the Top Tech Winner and Best of the Best, respectfully, during the annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week. Impossible Foods—the first company to present a food product at CES, where technologies such as a walking car, body-activated smartwatch, and "roll-away" televisions were unveiled—debuted a new iteration of its flagship Impossible Burger patty that it reformulated to better approximate beef through extensive research and development. "By shrinking the flavor gap between real meat and fake meat, Impossible is making it easier for everyone to make more environmentally conscious food choices—and that's a big deal," Digital Trends editor Drew Prindle said. "Animal agriculture is the number one cause of environmental destruction in the world, so reducing humanity’s consumption and cultivation of meat is arguably one of the most effective ways that we can combat climate change." Vegan innovators have come to the forefront of the technology industry, which has historically been dominated by non-food consumer products.  (vegnews.com)

01/11/2019 SUPREME COURT REJECTS APPEAL OF CALIFORNIA FOIE GRAS BAN

This week, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) rejected to hear challenges against the standing ban on the production and sale of foie gras in California. The Association des Éleveurs de Canards et d’Oies du Québec, a group that represents goose and duck farmers in Canada, brought the challenge after San Francisco's 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the ban in 2017. Foie gras—the engorged liver of a goose or duck who are cruelly force-fed corn—was first outlawed in California in 2004 and went into effect in 2012. In 2015, after widespread objections voiced by animal farmers and chefs, the state overturned the ban. The SCOTUS decision to reject a hearing on the matter solidifies the stance taken by the 9th Circuit Court. In December, Amazon announced it would no longer sell foie gras in California as part of a $100,000 settlement for a lawsuit filed against the online retailer by prosecutors in Los Angeles, Monterey, and Santa Clara for violating the state's standing ban. (vegnews.com)

01/09/2019 WORLD'S FIRST VEGAN DEBIT CARD LAUNCHES

Vegan company Vegannection recently launched the world's first vegan debit card. The prepaid card can be used exclusively at all-vegan restaurants. Users receive two percent cash back on purchases and 0.5 percent cash back on purchases made by friends that users refer to the service. The plastic-free virtual card—which bears the colors of the vegan flag—can be accessed by signing up as a member with the company and using the card via smartphone at participating businesses. Vegannection developed the card as a tool to encourage the growth of a compassionate global economy and using the service does not require a credit check nor payment of monthly fees. While users have signed up in 32 countries, the company is currently limited to 27 business partners in London with plans to expand globally. (vegnews.com)

01/07/2019 CALIFORNIA PET STORES NOW ONLY SELL RESCUED ANIMALS

California recently introduced a statewide ban on the sale of puppy-mill animals by pet stores, marking the first statewide ban of its kind in the United States. The new law, which came into effect on January 1, will require pet stores selling dogs, cats, and rabbits to work with local animal shelters and rescue organizations to promote the adoption of homeless animals. Any store that sells animals from a commercial breeder will be fined $500 per sale. However, the law does not ban the private sale of animals. "This landmark law breaks the puppy-mill supply chain that pushes puppies into California pet stores and has allowed unscrupulous breeders to profit from abusive practices," Matt Bershadker, president and CEO of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said. California joins more than 230 cities, towns, and counties across the US that have passed similar pet-store ordinances. (vegnews.com)

01/04/2019 CALIFORNIA BANS THE SALE OF BRED ANIMALS IN PET STORES

California banned the sale of puppy-mill animals in pet stores, joining more than 230 cities, towns and counties across the US that have passed similar ordinances. The new law that came into effect on January 1st, requires pet stores to work with animal shelters and rescue organizations to promote adoption of homeless animals. Any store caught selling animals from a commercial breeder will be fined $500 per sale. But, this law does not ban the private sale of animals. (vegnews.com)

01/03/2019 THE ECONOMIST PREDICTS 2019 WILL BE THE "YEAR OF THE VEGAN"

The Economist recently released its annual "The World in 2019" magazine that predicts the themes that will be most popular in this year. In the report, correspondent John Parker explains that 2019 will be "the year of the vegan," citing that 25 percent of the United States population in the 25- to 34-year-old demographic now identify as vegan, meat companies such as Tyson hold equity in vegan brands, a growing number of schools and hospitals are now required to offer vegan meals, and chains such as McDonald's and TGI Fridays have introduced plant-based options. "Interest in a way of life in which people eschew not just meat and leather, but all animal products including eggs, wool, and silk is soaring, especially among millennials," Parker writes. Parker predicted that vegan meat replacements will have the greatest impact in taking veganism from "a minority within a minority" to "mainstream" in 2019. "If plant-based meats take off, they could become a transformative technology, improving Westerners' protein-heavy diets, reducing the environmental hoofprint of animal husbandry, and perhaps even cutting the cost of food in poor countries," Parker concluded. (vegnews.com)

01/02/2019 NESTLÉ TO DEBUT VEGAN "INCREDIBLE BURGER" NEXT SPRING

Swiss company Nestlé S.A. will debut the vegan Incredible Burger under its Garden Gourmet label next spring. In addition to the wheat- and soy-based burger, the company plans to expand its vegan business to be worth more than $1 billion in the next ten years and is experimenting with creating purple-hued blueberry walnut milk. "While digging deeper into consumer trends, we found they changed a bit in the last couple of years depending on how consumers define a healthy diet," Nestlé Chief Technology Officer Stefan Palzer said. "Vegetarianism has never been this popular before and it's here to stay, I'm convinced about that." Last year, Nestlé debuted four vegan creamers under its Coffee-Mate Natural Bliss brand and acquired meat-free company Sweet Earth. In a bid to stay relevant as consumer habits shift, companies similar to Nestlé that have traditionally profited from animal products are modernizing their portfolios with plant-based foods. (vegnews.com)

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