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All-Vegan Soccer League Breaks Out of 128 Year Status

on Thursday, 25 May 2017. Posted in Inspiration, News

All-Vegan Soccer League Breaks Out of 128 Year Status

If you were with us—receiving the Meatout Mondays e-newsletter—back in the fall of 2015, you may remember a story about a professional soccer team all members of whom went vegan. Well, the Forest Green Rovers (FGR) are back in the news thanks to their success. Last weekend in London the world's first all-vegan soccer team won a conference play-off final marking them as having official league status, a first for them in 128 years! According to reports from VegNews.com, "FGR's owner Dale Vance removed all animal products from the team's New Lawn stadium in 2015—in addition to installing solar panels, a chemical-free lawn, and a solar-powered lawn mower." The stadium offers veggie burgers, vegan pizzas, and vegan Quorn products, which led to an award from The Sports and Leisure Catering Magazine in 2016 as Menu of the Year." Keep repin' the good life, you guys! Woohoo!

Read more about it in the source article on VegNews.com.

The $4 Billion Plant-Based Meat Industry of Tomorrow

on Tuesday, 23 May 2017. Posted in News

The $4 Billion Plant-Based Meat Industry of Tomorrow

The professional predictions are in and Visiongain, a London, UK-based research firm, has declared an upcoming epic boom in plant-based meat products and sales. "The meat alternatives market is relatively small today...but all factors analyzed in this report illustrate that the industry will exhibit significant growth in the next ten years, providing excellent commercial opportunities," noted the Visiongain report. This isn't the first research-backed proof of growth concerning vegan products. Oh yes, it's happening! Wooo!

Check out the original research document at Visiongain.com.
(photo by One Green Planet)

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) caught abusing their farmed cows

on Tuesday, 16 May 2017. Posted in News

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) caught abusing their farmed cows

Mason Dixon Farms supplies the dairy used in the butter for DFA and Land O'Lakes and a recent undercover investigation by animal rights groups Compassion Over Killing caught farm employees kicking cows in the udders and face, twisting their tails, and unrestrained prodding. "This is the devastating reality of where milk comes from, and as a mother, I am especially saddened to see gentle mother cows being systematically exploited and abused by this industry," said Cheryl Leahy of COK's General Counsel. 

Watch the video and learn more at COK.net.

Holocaust Survivor Takes Action to Prevent Further Suffering for All Sentient Beings

on Thursday, 11 May 2017. Posted in Inspiration, News

Holocaust Survivor Takes Action to Prevent Further Suffering for All Sentient Beings

Do you know this guy? That's right! It's our very own founder of Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM), Alex Hershaft! This week we highlight Alex as he is featured in publication Jewish Exponent, as he talks about his emotional experience as a survivor of the Holocaust and how that led to his animal rights advocacy today. "He couldn't dismiss the similarities [of the Holocaust victims and the treatment farmed animals today]—the branding/tattooing of victims, the cattle cars, the crowded housing, the arbitrary designation of who lives and dies..." Hershaft said in the interview. "Oppressing animals is the gateway drug to oppressing humans...as a survivor, I have made a choice. I have chosen against silence. I have chosen against oppression. I have chosen life." 

Read the full interview with Alex on JewishExponent.com.

Falsified Air Pollution Reports Costing This Fish Processing Plant Big Time

on Tuesday, 09 May 2017. Posted in News

Falsified Air Pollution Reports Costing This Fish Processing Plant Big Time

Westward Seafoods—a company that processes fish and other sea life for food—recently lost a settlement from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a result of false reporting on their air pollution controls. In violation of the Clean Air Act (CAA) it is reported that Westward Seafoods released 105 tons of harmful nitrous oxide into the air. Sadly this is not their first CAA violation. The company now must invest over $1 million in reducing their pollution footprint and another $1.3 million in civil penalties. 


Learn more about the settlement at EPA.gov.

New Report Recommends Investing in Plant-Based Products per Demand

on Tuesday, 02 May 2017. Posted in News

New Report Recommends Investing in Plant-Based Products per Demand

A new report indicates that undercover investigative work showcasing the realities of the treatment of farmed animals is truly making a difference in consumer purchasing choices. Research company Packaged Facts released a new report that indicates the growing concern for animal welfare has reached a "critical mass." As such, the research firm suggests companies invest in plant-based foods. "Expect this trend to gain momentum as markets respond to the growing demand by vegans [and vegetarians]..." notes David Sprinkle, research director. 

Read the full report on PackagedFacts.com.

NEW Vegan Non-Profit Organization 'BALANCED' Launched This Week

on Thursday, 27 April 2017. Posted in Inspiration, News, Tips & Ideas

NEW Vegan Non-Profit Organization 'BALANCED' Launched This Week

With a focus on encouraging hospitals, schools, stores, and universities to focus on the production and inclusion of more plant-based foods, rather than animal products, 'Balanced' will surely be turning heads this summer. Audrey Sanchez, the Executive Director at Balanced, said in an interview with VegNews, "Behavioral scientists have long known the fastest way to change a person's behavior is to change their environment." Based on this information Sanchez and team aim to encourage a change of choices that surround people in their everyday lives (at school, at work, when in need for health care, etc.)—making plant-based food options readily available at every turn."Overconsumption of animal products is leading to a public health crisis, and frankly, too many people are experiencing unnecessary diseases and premature death as a result," said Sanchez. We can change the health of our planet and those that inhabit it. It's exciting to see more organizations being created and coming together to make this a reality.

Learn more and see their website launch this week at Balanced.org.

Dairy-Free Milk Sales Continue to Overtake Animal-Based Milk (via Forbes)

on Wednesday, 26 April 2017. Posted in News

Dairy-Free Milk Sales Continue to Overtake Animal-Based Milk (via Forbes)

Influential media outlet Forbes recently published an article written by Michael Pellman Rowland stating hard facts about consumers choosing cruelty-free, plant- and nut-based milk over cow- and other animal-based milk; leading to the eventual downfall of the dairy industry. "It seems consumers are waking up to the realities around dairy and changing their behavior at the grocery store," said Rowland. As a result, the American dairy industry is attempting to combat this in a few ways, one of which is seeking to ban non-dairy companies from using the word "milk" on their products.


Reach more about this article and the author on Forbes.com.

"CULTURED MEAT": Would You Eat It?

on Wednesday, 19 April 2017. Posted in News

We could very well be seeing lab-grown or "cultured meat" hitting the supermarket shelves as early as 2021, according to Memphis Meats (a Silicon Valley-based slaughter-free meat company). Science journal PLoS One released results of a study finding that two-thirds of Americans said they would at least try lab-grown meats; the majority being those who identified as liberal and pescetarian-leaning. Good Food Institute and The Modern Food Foundation will meet at the "The Path to Commercialization" conference in Israel to determine how to best bring "cultured meat" to the masses. 

Check out the survey results on Journals.Plos.org.

Marine Biologist Says No to Eating Fish

on Wednesday, 12 April 2017. Posted in News

Marine Biologist Says No to Eating Fish

Between ocean pollution, mislabeled packaging regarding where fish is sourced and what it contains, and rapid extinction, Marine Biologist Laura MacDonnell cannot bring herself to contribute to the purchase or consumption of fish or fish products any longer. "A recent study quantified a number of plastic people consume—a staggering 11,000 pieces of microplastic per capita annually—by eating fish," notes VegNews on the topic. Additionally, studies show that current fishing practices will leave our oceans devoid of fish by 2048.

For more info. on this check out the original article on TheWalrus.ca.

Vegan TV Show Preps for Season 2

on Thursday, 06 April 2017. Posted in Inspiration, News, Books & Media

Vegan TV Show Preps for Season 2

Last year we saw the release of the only nationally televised vegan show on the A&E FYI Channel. Vegan host and show creator, Nafsika Antypas' first season was so successful that the show is gearing up a second season—featuring interviews with vegan celebrities, nutrition tips, cooking demos, cruelty-free fashion guides, and more. With the support and distribution through the A&E FYI Channel, Nafsika's show reached 70 million households every week last year. She funded the first season herself and is currently seeking support for the next season as well. "If I surpass my goal, I will then start working on bringing my show to more networks globally, she said.

Learn more about the show and how to help at PlantBasedByNafsika.com.

USA's Carbon Footprint Down By 10%

on Wednesday, 05 April 2017. Posted in Health, News

USA's Carbon Footprint Down By 10%

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) recently shared findings from the results of a report declaring a 10 percent reduction in the carbon footprint—over the course of a decade—by Americans. "NRDC attributed a large portion of this change...to a 19 percent drop in meat consumption, accounting for avoiding 185 million metric tons of pollution," noted a piece from VegNews, about the NRDC's report. The declaration also stated that more than 57 pounds of carbon dioxide is released in order to produce just 2 pounds of beef. This is just one more report, of many released over several years, marking the link between animal agriculture and environmental degradation. To learn how you can reduce your carbon footprint check out farmusa.org.

Check out the report titled "Less Beef, Less Carbon" on NRDC.org.

Bribes & Scandal in Global Meat Industry

on Wednesday, 29 March 2017. Posted in News

Bribes & Scandal in Global Meat Industry

A two-year long investigation by Brazilian police, involving the world's largest meat producers, has led to the discovery of meat inspector bribes and rotten meat that was treated and still sold to customers. "...police...arrested more than 30 people, suspended more than 30 health inspectors, and placed 21 meat-packing plants under investigation," notes VegNews. It was found that chemicals such as acid and carcinogens, were used to cover up rotten cow's meat. The Brazilian based meat production company supplied meat globally including Hong Kong, China, and Switzerland. Of course this is not the first instance of such discoveries—as seen across the entirety of the meat and dairy industries.

Read more about the scandal at the source VegNews.com.

Did Humans Really Evolve to Eat Meat?

on Wednesday, 22 March 2017. Posted in News

Did Humans Really Evolve to Eat Meat?

Doctor Shivam Joshi shared his findings and thoughts on whether or not humans truly evolved to eat meat. Considering how much scientific evidence points to a number of health conditions being directly correlated to diets heavy in meat consumption, Joshi believes we in fact did not evolve to eat animal flesh. In a recent article on the Huffington Post, Joshi said, "Humans descended from a long line—roughly 40 million years—of herbivorous ancestors that is shared with living primates...If we look at the totality of human evolution we find that our lineage has not only survived, but thrived on a plant-based fare."

Read the source article with more details on HuffingtonPost.com.

Dangerous and False Claims of The Milk Industry

on Wednesday, 15 March 2017. Posted in News

Dangerous and False Claims of The Milk Industry

For as long as probably most of us can remember commercials, billboards, and TV advertisements have relentlessly touted the health benefits of drinking milk—most notably related to our bone health. However science has shown us that this is utterly not the case. "...a new study published in the British Medical Journal affirms growing suspicions that...calcium supplements and high dairy intake aren't just futile [but detrimental]", notes an article highlighting the results on news source Munchies. Additionally, "...[there is] a positive correlation between high milk consumption and mortality, as well as a higher incidence of bone fracture among women who consumed the most milk." 

Read more about this news piece on NBCNews.com.

Meat Banned From Official German Functions, Related to the Environment

on Wednesday, 01 March 2017. Posted in News

Meat Banned From Official German Functions, Related to the Environment

Official meetings and events hosted by the Ministry of Environment in Germany will no longer be serving or offering meat. Last week Germany's environment minister, Barbara Hendricks, announced that—due to environmental reasons—meat shall be banned from any functions associated with the Ministry of Environment. This is a huge step and even bigger statement coming from a country that is well known for its schnitzels and sausages. However with the science-based evidence linking climate change to animal agriculture as well as water and land degradation, this is an important move to make. Thanks for setting such a positive and forward-thinking example, Germany!


Check out the source article on ThinkProgress.org.
(Photo by SeriousEats)

Oakland, California Schools Go Plant-Based

on Thursday, 23 February 2017. Posted in Inspiration, News

Oakland, California Schools Go Plant-Based

As the topic of global warming continues to be at the forefront of discussions around the health of our planet, Oakland, California area schools have agreed to do something about it. In partnership with Friends of the Earth (FOE) an environmental group, Oakland Unified School District is taking action by reducing the meat and dairy on the school menus, and focusing more on plant-based options. "FOE says total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the school lunch program declined by 14 percent...If every school district in the U.S. followed Oakland, the reduced CO2 emissions would be equal to removing 150,000 cars from the roads," notes The DailyCaller. In addition to being better for the planet, the plant-based meals are healthier for the kids as well.  

Check out the full article on DailyCaller.com.

Suing the USDA for The Animals

on Wednesday, 22 February 2017. Posted in News

Suing the USDA for The Animals

It is unquestionably a unique and unusual time in the United States right now. The removal of animal welfare records from the USDA's public website fits in with one of the many decisions that has us scratching our head lately. In response to this, many groups,including Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), Born Free USA, Beagle Freedom Project,  MSPCA-Angell, PETA, and Harvard Animal Law & Policy Fellow Delcianna Winders have filed a lawsuit against the USDA, to restore the records. Per VegNews, "The lawsuit alleges that the USDA violated the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) which requires federal agencies to make all records released under FOIA electronically available to the public." It could take more than 200 days to get a response.

Learn more about what is going on with this on VegNews.com.

Beef Industry Hurt by Millennials

on Wednesday, 15 February 2017. Posted in News

Beef Industry Hurt by Millennials

Kentucky area cow farmers have been experiencing a major drop in beef cow meat sales over the past couple of years. The industry has gone from turning a $1 billion profit to hardly breaking even. In an effort to find out what has caused the change in sales Kentucky New Era media outlet partnered with researchers at Western Kentucky University to survey people between the ages of 18 and 25, "which revealed a paradigm shift in the millennial population's perception of meat," notes VegNews.com. It was revealed that negative media about the meat and dairy industries has impacted millennial's decision to buy and consume animal products. "The urban millennial's perception of beef is hazy, at best...These are the young men and women that will be the next cosumers," said Stephen Green, cattle farmer and lead researcher. 

Read the original article review on KentuckyNewEra.com.
(Photo from Fast Company)

Ethical Eggs Are Simply Not Real - The Guardian

on Wednesday, 08 February 2017. Posted in News

Ethical Eggs Are Simply Not Real - The Guardian

In an effort to make continued sales of chicken's eggs sustainable for those profiting from it, the idea of "free-range" and "humane" practices came into play. These labels have been around for some time now but surely we can agree that any industry that involves beak burning and killing off of baby male chicks is far from cruelty-free. An article recently published in The Guardian explores how consumers are being misled in order to make buying eggs easier. "When it comes to eggs labeled "free-range," the hens involved in their production are often tightly confined, routinely have their beaks trimmed without anesthesia, and are kept in conditions that force them to lay 500 eggs annually—whereas they would only lay 20 in the wild," notes coverage of the piece on VegNews.com

Read more from the op-ed piece on TheGuardian.com.

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