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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[will] be fluent in low carbon automotive innovations from Tesla to telematics...yet still rely on cows and pigs as the outdated [resource] to supply the world's protein demand.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.

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.

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