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USDA Needs Comments by Jan. 17

on Tuesday, 09 January 2018. Posted in News

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule regarding organic animal care and humane practices, citing concerns the rule “may hamper market-driven innovation and impose unnecessary regulatory burdens.” USDA's action goes against organic farmers, businesses, and consumers ready to advance animal welfare standards. Even the Center for Food Safety opposes the reversal, stating consumers already expect humane treatment of animals providing organic poultry and eggs; yet, some producers consider small, cement, fenced areas as outdoor access. USDA will accept written comments until January 17.

Instructions for submitting comments online: http://www.regulations.gov

The full article is at TheHill.com.

Plant-Based Foods are The Mega Trend of 2018

on Tuesday, 02 January 2018. Posted in News

Plant-Based Foods are The Mega Trend of 2018

New research shows that in 2018, vegan cheese will become commonplace in restaurants, plant-based meat will gain traction, and big brands will launch more vegan ice cream options. The report titled “Food & Beverage Forecast” predicts that plant-based food will be the top “mega-trend” of 2018. Last year, vegan-related Google searches increased by 90 percent, plant-based food consumption among Americans rose to 83 percent, and 35 percent of consumers chose alternative sources of protein over red meat. The report goes on to explain that consumers are increasingly demanding plant-based options, and traditional restaurants are responding! On the retail side, the report states that ice cream launches will boom. Boom! 

You can read the full report by clicking here.

Meat Sales Slow Due to Veganism

on Tuesday, 26 December 2017. Posted in News

Meat Sales Slow Due to Veganism

The world's largest market research company, Research and Markets, recently reported a noteworthy difference in processed meat sales, particularly that of pepperoni. "Market researchers...stated that there is a growing demand for transparency in all stages of the production of processed meats, and as consumers seek out these labels, product costs increase," noted VegNews' coverage on the topic. Based on findings, the researchers also believe that the current trend toward plant-based foods is a primary contributing factor to said drop in sales. As such a number of meat companies have been investing in and look to plant-based alternatives.

Check out the source piece on VegNews.com.

A $4 Billion Vegan Cheese Market?!

on Tuesday, 19 December 2017. Posted in News

A $4 Billion Vegan Cheese Market?!

With an estimated compound growth rather of 7.6 percent, over the next six years, the Bharat Book Bureau (BBB)—a market research firm—has determined that by 2024 the vegan cheese industry will be valued at a staggering $3.9 billion. The report noted that there are "various factors such as growing consumer demand for environmentally- friendly and animal-free sources of protein, rising concerns over antibiotic allergens, hormone use, [and] animal welfare concerns are driving the growth of the global vegan market."

See the survey results and learn more on MyNewsDesk.com.

Photo by Connoisseurus Veg

Change is Real: Nearly a Half Billion Fewer Animals Killed in Ten Years

on Tuesday, 12 December 2017. Posted in News

Change is Real: Nearly a Half Billion Fewer Animals Killed in Ten Years

At times it can feel like the change necessary to slow (and hopefully fully stop) the unnecessary suffering of our non-human animal friends is impossible. But then we hear updates like this, that sheds some hopeful light. In a recent data released by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), "...compared to 2007, last year almost half a billion fewer animals were subjected to the torment of factory farming and industrial slaughter [facilities] and that's despite the increase in the U.S. population." The change is real, your choices are making a difference. Yes! Let's keep it going! ::hugs:: 

Keep reading about this at Collective-Evolution.com.

Consumers to Find Economic and Political Comfort in Vegan Food

on Tuesday, 05 December 2017. Posted in News

Consumers to Find Economic and Political Comfort in Vegan Food

Hospitality consulting firm, Andrew Freeman & Co. declared, in a recent presentation, that consumers may find more balance and comfort (politically and economically) by way of vegan food. On one hand influential consumers today can feel a greater sense of control (while many other things seem to be out of control at the moment) by making conscious food choices. Additionally, millennials are the "fastest growing demographic of vegans" and will gradually have a greater impact on supply and demand as they age. Cruelty-free food choices are without a doubt, the way of the future.

Reach more about this topic at FoodNavigator-usa.com.

69% U.S. Adults Surveyed See Animal Ag as an Important Social issue

on Tuesday, 28 November 2017. Posted in News

 69% U.S. Adults Surveyed See Animal Ag as an Important Social issue

Research firm Ipsos Group and the Sentience Institute (SI) came together and learned that most Americans surveyed do not support slaughterhouses and recognize that animal agriculture is a global issue. Last month the organizations distributed a survey that resulted in these findings. "The survey further revealed a disconnect between public perception and reality in terms of the pervasiveness of factory farms in the United States," noted Vegnews.com on the topic. They intend to do further research and surveys on the matter perception of "humane" or ethical food production.

Read more about this at SentienceInstitute.org.

Looming Global Demise if We Don't Act Fast/Change Our Diets, 15,000 Scientists Say

on Tuesday, 21 November 2017. Posted in News

Looming Global Demise if We Don't Act Fast/Change Our Diets, 15,000 Scientists Say

In 1992 the Union of Concerned Scientists warned us about our impact on forest loss, decreased freshwater availability, biodiversity destruction, ozone depletion, and marine-life depletion. Now, 25 years later the Alliance of World Scientists (AWS) has come together to revisit the concerns shared those years ago. "A great change in our stewardship of the Earth and life on it is required," noted the original document. "It is time to re-examine and change our individual behaviors...including limiting [consumption of meat]," states the new one, which has been signed by 15,000 scientists from 184 countries.

Check out the source piece on VegNews.com.

800 Publix Grocery Chain Locations Add Plant-Based Meals to Their Stores

on Wednesday, 15 November 2017. Posted in News, Tips & Ideas

800 Publix Grocery Chain Locations Add Plant-Based Meals to Their Stores

In an effort to increase the ease and availability of healthy, delicious, affordable, and quick meals, vegan food company PlantPure has joined forced with the worker-owned grocery store, Publix. This microwavable line of meals includes Peanutty Buddha Bowl, Tuscan Pesto Pasta, Thai Drunken Veggies, and Chana Masala. All dishes are oil-free and developed by PlantPure founder, Nelson Campbell (son of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study). Publix also carries Field Roast (plant-based meat products) and continues to add vegan options to their locations throughout the country.

Learn more about the initiative at PlantPureNation.com.

United Nations Strongly Encouraged to Redirect Climate Change to Animal Agriculture

on Tuesday, 14 November 2017. Posted in News

United Nations Strongly Encouraged to Redirect Climate Change to Animal Agriculture

In a recent discussion on climate change, four trillion-dollar investment group FAIRR (Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return Initiative) is encouraging the UN to focus on animal agriculture as a leading concern. In an interview with Foodnavigator, FAIRR founder Jeremy Coller said, "Too many delegates at COP23 [will] be fluent in low carbon automotive innovations from Tesla to telematics...yet still rely on cows and pigs as the outdated [resource] to supply the world's protein demand. The next state of the Paris talks mus put cos alongside cars." The UN will meet in Germany this week to create a plan for the Paris Agreement climate change policies.

Learn more at Foodnavigator.com.

Vegan Cinnamon Rolls to Take Over The World (well, not really but you know)

on Thursday, 09 November 2017. Posted in Inspiration, News

Vegan Cinnamon Rolls to Take Over The World (well, not really but you know)

You know times are changing when a highly specialized, super niche, vegan-focused company expands as rapidly as Cinnaholic has and continues to do. First opened in 2009 in Berkeley, California, the customizable cinnamon roll shop quickly gained massive traction after appearing on a 2015 episode of Shark Tank. Currently, with more than a dozen locations throughout the U.S. and a whopping 70 new franchise locations planned to open throughout Canada in the new year, Cinnaholic is taking the cinnamon roll world by storm. Starting in Edmonton, Toronto, Regina, and Winnipeg, Canada is about to become a lot more vegan-friendly. "There's no doubt veganism is on the rise," said co-founder and Shannon Radke. And we're so glad for all the Radke's (AKA vegan power couple) are doing to help make the world a more compassionate place. It's so inspiring to see what a little idea and a lot of hard and dedicated work can do. We can't wait to see where you open next! 

Learn more and see their website launch today at Balanced.org.
(photo by 'Happily Eating')

The Root Cause of Diabetes and How to Treat it, by Doctor Michael Greger

on Tuesday, 31 October 2017. Posted in Health, News

The Root Cause of Diabetes and How to Treat it, by Doctor Michael Greger

Leading dietary health and nutrition expert Michael Greger, M.D. is known for his information-rich website showcasing weekly research pieces on human health and wellness as it relates to food. In an article posted earlier this year, Greger talks about the primary cause of type 2 diabetes: saturated fats. Referencing a scientific study, Greger notes that "Saturated fat isn't just toxic to the pancreas. The fats predominantly in meat and dairy...are considered nearly "universally toxic." Exposing human liver cells to plant fat...nothing happens; exposed to animal fat, a third of them die."

Keep reading at NutritionFacts.org.

French Dairy Company Benefits From Its Vegan Products Acquisition

on Tuesday, 24 October 2017. Posted in News

French Dairy Company Benefits From Its Vegan Products Acquisition

As we hear of increased interest in cruelty-free products and lifestyles it's always nice to see relatively tangible evidence of this. One of the leading global dairy companies recently shared it's third-quarter earnings—since acquiring WhiteWave, the company behind SoDelicious and other plant-based dairy brands and products. The results? Nearly double total revenue from this time last year! And that increase was brought in by the vegan products they acquired. "In the [US] retail channel, plant-based beverages category growth accelerated in Q3 2017, driven by nut-based beverages," noted their report.

See the results for yourself at Danone.com.

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.

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