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A new study presented in Rotterdam, Netherlands during The International Liver Conference last week found that diets high in animal products increase the risk for developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Researchers studied the livers of 3,440 older adults with varying body mass indices and found that those who consumed the highest amount of animal protein had the highest prevalence of NAFLD—a disease that also increases the risk of developing diabetes mellitus and atherosclerosis. This study is the newest scientific evidence that consuming animal products is debilitating to human health. Conversely, researchers continue to find that plant-based diets can help prevent and treat diseases such as type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, and heart disease. (vegnews.com)
Canada-based vegan fast-food restaurant Globally Local will open a second location in Ontario this June and will feature the world's first vegan 24-hour drive-thru. The new eatery will replace a shuttered location of popular Canadian fast-food chain Harvey's. Notable menu items will be vegan takes on fast-food classics including Famous Burger, Vegan Vopper, a seitan-based Crispy Chikun sandwich, and an entire breakfast sandwich menu. Globally Local will also serve a kids menu featuring the Grilled Gary—a vegan grilled cheese sandwich that's a nod to last year's popular internet meme that proposed vegan cheese be called "Gary." McInnes gained popularity in 2016 through his McVegans food truck, which will remain in operation in addition to his two brick-and-mortar locations. (vegnews.com)
04/25/2017 BEYOND BURGER TO BE SERVED ON CAPITOL HILL
Food advocacy firm Good Food Institute (GFI) will host a tasting event of the Beyond Burger on Capitol Hill on April 28. The event will feature the "bleeding" (thanks to beet juice) patty prepared with vegan condiments and served on a vegan bun. Several speakers will present the benefits of plant-based foods to the politicians in attendance. "By introducing policymakers to Beyond Meat's groundbreaking products," GFI's Communications Manager Emily Byrd tells VegNews, "our hope is to put the importance of plant-based meats top-of-mind as a critical component in efforts to address food security, environmental and animal protection, and business innovation." Beyond Meat launched its Beyond Burger to much acclaim last year in the meat section of a Colorado Whole Foods Market. Currently, 535 members of Congress have been invited to attend, and the first 100 will be able to sample what Beyond Meat investor and billionaire Bill Gates says is "the taste of the future." (vegnews.com)
Classic skateboarding footwear company Etnies recently launched the Jameson HT—a new all-vegan, high-performance shoe. The company collaborated with professional vegan skater Ryan Lay to create the canvas-based Jameson which features a hidden reinforced toe, specialized soles, and high-top design for added ankle support. Lay initially adopted a vegan diet to win a bet last December, and after reading about the animal agriculture industry, decided to maintain it. In a promotional video for the new shoe, Lay says, "For me, it just makes more sense to not eat animals," adding, "I feel like it's easier now more than ever." The new shoe is inspired by vegan company Sheep Shoes—a brand Lay wore when he first began skating—and is available in two colors: black, and a design with farmed animals holding each other's paws. (vegnews.com)
Washington DC-based vegan advocacy group Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)—in collaboration with several Southern California residents, including a Los Angeles school teacher—recently filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and Poway Unified School District. In the suit, PCRM cites that the school districts are violating the National School Lunch Act—which states, in part, that school lunches must be "of the highest quality" and "greatest nutritional value possible"—by feeding children processed meats such as hot dogs, bacon, and deli meats. As a result of countless scientific studies that have linked the consumption of animal products (including processed meat) to an increased risk of developing several types of cancer, in 2015, the World Health Organization reclassified processed meats into the same class of carcinogens as cigarettes. (vegnews.com)
Men's Health writer Concetta Smith recently visited Michelin-starred New York City restaurant Saxon + Parole for the sole purpose of determining whether the vegan Impossible Burger stood up to its meat-based counterpart. Smith said the burger—which she ordered with just ketchup on a (non-vegan) challah bun—was akin to "the taste profile of a hearty hamburger," and concluded that, "unless you plate it up alongside an Angus burger, it's pretty hard to distinguish the difference." The restaurant's executive chef Brad Farmerie revealed that he has enjoyed the versatility of the new plant-based burger. "A lot of people assume that vegetarian dishes don't have the depth of flavor, richness, variety of textures, and umami that meat-based dishes have," Farmerie told Smith. "It's my job as a chef to present unique options like Impossible Burger in a way that wasn't just edible, but memorable." (vegnews.com)
International furniture company IKEA is looking to further capitalize on the popularity of its food offerings. According to media outlet Curbed, the introduction of new food items—including a vegan version of its famed Swedish meatballs—has driven the company's sales up from $1.5 billion in 2013 to $1.8 billion in 2016, with 30 percent of customers currently visiting IKEA for the in-store restaurant alone. As such, IKEA is considering launching more food-focused ventures such as a standalone café and has recently tested several food pop-up shops in Europe. Last summer, IKEA launched its #TogetherWeEat campaign in which a food truck traveled across country to promote the furniture giant's food offerings (including vegan meatballs). IKEA began offering vegan meatballs, with a vegan sweet potato-based sauce, in early 2015 after coalescing to pressure from animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to expand its plant-based food options. (vegnews.com)
Last week, the D.C. District Court of Appeals reversed a 2008 rule set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that excluded factory farms from reporting toxic emissions derived from animal waste. The new ruling mandates Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) to report ammonia and hydrogen sulfide emissions—toxic fumes that endanger the health of communities surrounding CAFOs. "We have no doubt that a desire for efficiency motivated some of the exceptions Congress provided," Judge Stephen Williams wrote in the ruling, "but those concerns don't give the agency carte blanche to ignore the statute whenever it decides the reporting requirements aren't worth the trouble." The court's decision, according to Judge Williams, was in part due to the serious, sometimes fatal, illnesses that people are exposed to on and around factory farms. (vegnews.com)
04/20/2017 SAN DIEGO POLITICIANS GO VEG FOR A WEEK
For the week leading up to Earth Day on April 22, nine San Diego politicians have pledged to go vegetarian as part of the nationwide VegWeek campaign. The group includes politicians from several sectors of the local government such as city council members Georgette Gomez, Chris Ward, and David Alvarez; state senator Toni Atkins; and San Diego Unified School District members John Lee Evans and David Beiser. House Representative Scott Peters praised his colleagues "for the significant contribution that their participation will have on reducing cruelty and increasing sustainability among our community's food sources." The initiative was launched in 2009 by Washington, DC-based animal-rights group Compassion Over Killing (COK) to inspire meat-eaters to follow a vegetarian or vegan diet for one week. (vegnews.com)
French multinational company Danone announced last week that it completed its $12.5 billion acquisition of WhiteWave Foods—parent company of plant-based brands Silk, So Delicious, Vega, and Alpro. The brand will form a business strategy unit in North America under a new name, "DanonWave." In Europe, Danone plans to use its new Alpro brand to expand globally. Earlier this month, Danone agreed to sell its top dairy brand Stonyfield in an effort to wipe out unfair competition between its newly acquired plant-based brands. Companies historically focused on dairy products have recently shifted to capturing their stake in the growing plant-based sector, as evidenced by several Unilever brands—including Ben & Jerry's, Talenti, and Breyers—that launched vegan ice cream lines within the last year. (vegnews.com)
A study published this month by the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA) found methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (LA-MRSA) in 48 percent of the organic pork samples it tested. Using genome sequencing on 305 meat samples derived from local retail stores, DVFA also found that 32 percent of organic pork contained LA-MRSA and that the presence of the bacteria has risen by 38 percent in all samples since 2011. According to food advocacy firm The Good Food Institute, 80 percent of all antibiotics produced are used on farmed animals. Experts at England's University of Exeter recently warned that antibiotic-resistance—which can be caused by the transfer of resistant bacteria from an infected animal to human through the consumption of animal products—creates the groundwork for the next deadly pandemic. (vegnews.com)
Major cruise line Oceania Cruises recently debuted a new vegan menu across its six-ship fleet. Guests aboard the Insignia, Marina, Regatta, Nautica, Riviera, and Sirena can now choose from more than 250 vegan dishes available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Additionally, all ships will serve cold-pressed juices and vegan superfood smoothies in their pool deck Raw Juice and Smoothie Bar. "We are delighted to expand our culinary offerings to please an even wider array of palates and offer our guests more diverse choices to suit today's wellness-focused lifestyles," Oceania CEO Bob Binder said. In addition to Oceania's extensive new menu, vegan seafarers have more choices than ever with the debut of Cruise & Maritime Voyages' seven night, all-vegan cruise to the Norway Fjordlands this September. (vegnews.com)
Multinational coffeehouse chain Starbucks added the 100-percent vegan "Pink Drink"—a coconut milk-based refresher with freeze dried strawberries—to its official menu. The phenomenon began last year when customers began to order the Strawberry Açai Refresher, but with coconut milk instead of water, to produce the creamy pink hue. The customized drink became an Instagram sensation, amassing over 100,000 posts in a matter of months. The drink became one of the most popular items on a purported "secret menu" created by rogue baristas and innovative customers. "This delicious and refreshing drink is a celebration of our customers' and baristas' creativity and is just one of the 170,000 ways we craft beverages to meet each person's unique taste preferences," Starbucks' vice president Vivienne Long said. (vegnews.com)
04/18/2017 TAIWAN OUTLAWS CAT AND DOG CONSUMPTION
On last Tuesday, Taiwan's governing body passed new legislation that effectively bans the consumption of dogs and cats, and enforces stricter penalties on animal abusers. The new law is an amendment to an existing animal protection act passed in 2001 that banned the sale of dog and cat meat and organs. According to Taiwan main news outlet Central News Agency, under the current law, those found consuming dogs or cats will be fined up to 250,000 yuan ($36,216), and those found selling these animals will face up to two years of imprisonment and a maximum fine of 200 million yuan ($2.9 million). The autonomous territory of Hong Kong also has a ban on slaughtering, selling, and eating dogs and cats, in place under the 1950 Dogs and Cats Regulations. Mainland China, however, will hold its annual Yulin Festival—where dogs are publicly tortured and eaten—this June. (vegnews.com)
A new poll conducted by international research firm YouGov revealed that 56 percent of people in Britain felt meat was not necessary for a complete meal. The poll compiled the responses of 1,019 adults and found that while citizens avoid meat for various reasons (including increasing meat prices), those in the 16 to 24 age group cut their meat consumption primarily due to environmental concerns. Additionally, the number of younger people opting to eat less meat has increased from 28 percent in 2015 to 34 percent in 2016. When it comes to cutting dairy, Brits are increasingly adding plant-based milk to their diets—so much so that almond milk was named a top consumer trend with its inclusion in this year’s UK "shopping basket." (vegnews.com)
04/14/2017 NYU DINING HALL GOES VEGAN FOR EARTH DAY
New York University's (NYU) Lipton dining hall will serve an all-vegan menu from April 23 until April 25 in honor of Earth Day. The three-day, plant-based initiative was spearheaded by the school's animal advocacy group, Animal Welfare Collective (AWS), in collaboration with the Humane Society of the United States, which met with food supplier Aramark to help remove animal products from the hall's menu. The program will serve as a test-run for NYU students—who have expressed interest in having more plant-based options, according to on-campus surveys. Other vegan Earth Day initiatives around the country include a vegan train ride scheduled to roll out from Boyertown to Pottstown in Pennsylvania this weekend. (vegnews.com)
04/13/2017 BERKELEY PROHIBITS FUR SALES CITYWIDE
Last Tuesday, Berkeley City Council members voted to ban all fur sales within Berkeley city limits. The new legislation comes after an intensive campaign by animal-rights groups Berkeley Coalition for Animals (BCA) and rallies against fur sales organized by a local chapter of advocacy group Direct Action Everywhere. Other animal-rights organizations, including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), have praised Berkeley for taking a step against animal suffering. Berkeley is the second city in the country—after West Hollywood's 2013 ban—to pass legislation that makes fur sales illegal. (vegnews.com)
04/13/2017 BEYOND BURGER TOUCHES DOWN IN HONG KONG
US-based vegan brand Beyond Meat expanded distribution of its plant-based Beyond Burger to its first international location last week. Hong Kong plant-based retailer Green Common will stock the Beyond Burger in the meat department and feature the innovative burger on its in-house bistro menu at two of its four locations (Harbour City and Landmark). Green Monday's CEO David Yeung said that this launch represents the "official beginning" of the plant-based food revolution in Asia. "I wouldn't compare the Beyond Burger with other plant or meat burgers," Yeung said. "I would compare it to the iPhone or Tesla, because it is, simply, a game-changer." Beyond Meat launched its Beyond Burger last May in the meat department at a Boulder, CO Whole Foods Market and has rapidly expanded to stores nationwide. This May, Beyond Burger will also be available on the menu of Hong Kong's The Butcher Club—a restaurant that specializes in dry-aged meat. (vegnews.com)
Starbucks launched a new "Mercato" lunch menu in 100 Chicago locations yesterday. The menu is a step in diversifying options for patrons of varying dietary restrictions and preferences, and, according to a Starbucks representative, will focus on "meeting a variety of dietary lifestyles, including vegan, vegetarian, and high-protein." Mercato items will feature Mediterranean-inspired sandwiches and salads, including a certified vegan Cauliflower Tabbouleh Salad made with cauliflower rice, cucumber, tomato, canola oil, lemon juice, parsley, scallion, extra virgin olive oil, mint, salt, lemon zest, pepper, and will be tossed with arugula. Starbucks made inroads with its vegan customers last year after its introduction of almond milk and the development of several plant milk-based veganizable signature drinks. The coffeehouse giant also recently introduced several vegan food options to all locations nationwide.
Chain restaurant Dinosaur Bar-B-Que will add its first vegan option after operating for 30 years as a meat-centric eatery. The new option will be a Black and White Bowl featuring rice, a salad tossed in vegan dressing, black beans, and is topped with a grilled portobello mushroom covered in the restaurant's vegan barbeque sauce. “We're just trying to reach out to more people," Dinosaur's marketing director Jason Ryan said. "Bowls are trending right now. And we wanted something on trend—and to move us forward." The new vegan option will be introduced to the menu at seven out of the restaurants nine locations—spanning New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland—in the coming weeks. (vegnews.com)
Six cows escaped Minnesota slaughterhouse Star Packing Company last week through an open gate. The cows led police on a chase for several hours through north St. Louis before being captured and returned to the slaughterhouse. The chase gained national news coverage and after negotiation with Star Packing Company, animal sanctuary The Gentle Barn was able to relocate the cows to its facilities. The Gentle Barn is asking local animal rescue organizations for help as they lack the space necessary to house the cows. Concerned citizen Adam Brewer created a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe—which has raised more than $17,000 since the incident—to help cover costs at the animal sanctuary which will ultimately house the cows. (vegnews.com)
04/11/2017 FORKS OVER KNIVES LAUNCHES FOOD LINE
Vegan media brand Forks Over Knives launched its first food line this week. The Forks Over Knives grain kits—available exclusively through the company's website and delivered directly to customers nationwide—include three oil-free flavors: Mexican Rice and Beans, Moroccan Quinoa Pilaf, and Indian Rice and Dal. Each one-pound, 10-serving box contains grains and spices as the base for adding vegetables and other plant-based ingredients. The company created the meals to make it easier for people to transition and maintain a whole foods, plant-based diet. The company is best known for its award-winning documentary Forks Over Knives that focuses on the health benefits of a plant-based diet. Since the film's 2011 debut, the company has launched numerous resources including a magazine, diet plan, several books, and meal-planning tools.
The world's largest all-vegan store The Cruelty Free Shop (CFS) is slated to open on April 12 in Melbourne, Australia. The shop is a second incarnation of CFS' smaller Melbourne location that the company says has outgrown the space it previously occupied and will sell 3500 vegan products and 1000 new items. Shoppers will have access to more than 50 vegan cheeses, fresh produce, baked goods, local and international vegan packaged products, cruelty-free clothing, vegan cosmetics, household items, and will host in-store tastings of new products every Saturday. Vegan entrepreneur Jessica Bailey founded CFS as an online store from her spare bedroom in Sydney in 2001 and has since expanded the store to five physical locations in Australia. According to CFS, its new Melbourne location will be larger than Berlin's Veganz—an all-vegan supermarket that opened in 2011 and currently boasts several locations across Europe.
04/10/2017 REEBOK TO DEBUT COTTON AND CORN SHOES
Reebok will debut the first ever plant-based athletic shoe this fall. The Reebok Future Team developed the Cotton + Corn initiative, a program that reimagines sustainable footwear by relying on bio-based products—or plant materials that decompose after shoes are discarded. "Reebok is trying to clean up the entire life cycle of shoemaking: from what shoes are made of to where they end up," Reebok Future Team's vice president Bill McInnis says. Typically, shoes are made from materials that contain oil-based plastics and animal products that are eventually dumped into landfills where they remain for hundreds of years. The company's new shoe will be made with a cotton upper and a corn-based sole, and Reebok plans to use the compost created from the plant-based shoes as part of the soil to grow materials for new shoes. (vegnews.com)
04/07/2017 TESCO LAUNCHES VEGAN CHEESE LINE
UK-based supermarket chain Tesco, the third largest retailer in the world, introduced a new line of vegan cheeses under its private-labeled FreeFrom brand this week. The company worked with Scottish vegan brand Bute Island Foods to develop the line of coconut-based cheeses which are currently available in nine varieties, including a blue-style wedge (with "mold effect"), mature cheddar wedge, cheddar-style with jalapeño and chili, smoked cheddar round, Wensleydale-style with cranberries, sliced red Leicester-style, spreadable cream cheese, and two shredded flavors (mozzarella and parmesan). Last October, a seven-product vegan cheese line—also developed by Bute Island Foods—was launched by competitor supermarket Sainsbury's under its own private-labeled FreeFrom brand. In January, Sainsbury's reported the line drew in 300 percent more in sales than it had initially expected. (vegannews.com)
In a recent post on media outlet The Walrus, Canadian marine biologist Laura MacDonnell explained why she refuses to eat fish. MacDonnell points out that her experience studying the ocean, fish populations, and the fish industry all led her to abstain from consuming sea life. A recent study quantified the amount of plastic people consume—a staggering 11,000 pieces of microplastic per capita annually—by eating fish. "I spend a significant amount of my time working on and under the water," MacDonnell said, "and I can't remember the last time I didn't see some kind of plastic debris floating on the surface or stuck amongst corals or rocks." In addition to plastic pollution, MacDonnell abstains from fish due to the rising incidence of fish fraud, citing a recent study conducted by ocean conservation group Oceana that found one in five of the 25,000 fish sample they tested to be mislabeled. (vegnews.com)
Vegan restaurant El Vergel Restaurante Vegano in Tarragona, Spain recently defended its policy banning any animal products—including bottled dairy-based formula fed to babies—to be consumed on premises. The restaurant displays its policy on the front door which states, "We like mothers, of all species. That's why we don't like bottle feeds based on cow's milk. Please don't use them in the restaurant." Several mothers have left negative reviews on the restaurant's social media outlets and via travel platform TripAdvisor in response to the policy. El Vergel's owners responded to the woman's review, stating, "Mothers who have been genuinely humiliated are those raped throughout their lives to have babies that are then stolen and butchered so that humans can take the milk that was for them," adding, "these mothers are cows, sheep, and goats—the victims of the bottle you feed your child."
04/05/2017 ISRAELI ARMY INTRODUCES VEGAN COMBAT RATIONS
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) recently introduced new vegan combat rations to its 50,000 enlisted soldiers. The food packs include hummus, tahini, beans in tomato sauce, green olives, peas, halva, and canned fruit. "Our goal is to take care of each soldier's personal needs," the IDF said in a statement. IDF's head of the food department Lieutenant Colonel Donna Steinfeld explained the rations took three years to develop and were created to meet a growing demand from soldiers for more nutritious foods. "This means food[s] that contain protein and iron," Steinfeld said, "exactly what soldiers in the field need to give them strength." In 2014, IDF began offering leather- and wool-free uniform options and began incorporating more plant-based food options at military mess halls in 2015. (vegnews.com)
04/04/2017 VEGAN DOUBLE-DECKER BUS ROLLS OUT IN WICHITA
Vegan mobile eatery Kind Kravings hit the streets of Wichita, KS last weekend housed in a double-decker bus. The former food trailer found new life in a 14.5-foot refurbished bus imported from London that owners Rochelle Collins and Shea hauled from California to Wichita three months ago. The first floor houses a kitchen where Collins prepares menu items such as greens-stuffed enchiladas with white sauce, dumplings, veggie burgers, and cauliflower tacos. The upper level is set up to seat 30 guests, with a bar area that the owners plan to use for hosting events such as live music and comedy shows. Collins is working on introducing a breakfast menu and the duo hopes to find a permanent parking spot in the city where they can cultivate an outside garden to use in future menu items. (vegnews.com)
04/04/2017 BAN ON SLAUGHTER WITHOUT STUNNING BY 2019
A proposal by Flemish minister for animal welfare Ben Weyts for a total ban on the slaughter of animals without stunning them has been approved by the government of Flanders. The practice of ritual slaughter, or slaughtering animals without stunning them – required by Muslims and orthodox Jews for religious purposes – will be illegal starting on January 1, 2019. At present, animals in Flanders are required to be stunned, which means administering an electric shock to render them unconscious, before their throats are cut. For bovine animals, the alternative is known as "post-cut stunning" where the shock comes just after the cut. This method is considered by veterinarians as less desirable but still preferable to no stunning at all. (flanderstoday.eu)
In a recent interview with travel media outlet Marriott TRAVELER, WWE wrestler Daniel Solwold Jr. (known by his stage name "Austin Aries") spoke about his vegan lifestyle. The wrestler said he chose to begin transitioning to veganism 16 years ago "because of health reasons and benefits, environmental benefits, and the compassion aspect of the animals," then summarized his answer by simply stating he's vegan "because I give a damn!" Aries revealed that he relies on plant-based protein powder to keep him strong in the ring. Aries assures that animal products are not necessary to build muscle and that eating plant-based foods is budget-friendly. "There's a misconception that it's expensive to eat healthy," Aries said, adding, "It's expensive to eat conveniently." (vegnews.com)
Premier League club Sunderland and English national team's striker Jermain Defoe recently announced his plan to eschew animal products from his diet. The 34-year-old soccer player made a comeback to the sport after a three year absence, scoring the first goal to help the English national beat Lithuania last weekend. "I have a better understanding of my body now," Defoe said. "Everyone wants to feel fresh in the game. There's no better feeling. So I'm just making sure I'm doing the right things trying to turn vegan." Defoe hopes his plant-based diet will help land him in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, an opportunity he missed during the 2014 tournament in Brazil. "It was my girlfriend's idea," Defoe said, "She's always showing me these documentaries ... it's always nice to have someone around you to who helps you and drives you on and wants you to do well."
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