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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.

Vegan Holiday Menu Coming to Whole Foods Markets Across The Country

on Wednesday, 01 November 2017. Posted in Tips & Ideas

Vegan Holiday Menu Coming to Whole Foods Markets Across The Country

Mark your calendar for November 1st because on this day—AKA World Vegan Day—something wonderful is going to happen. Grocery store giant, Whole Foods Market will be offering a 100 percent vegan menu at their hot bars across the nation. The menu will also be available to order through online, November 1-6 (get $5 off by using promo code "VEGAN"). Think sauerkraut roasted rainbow carrots, mustard-glazed cauliflower, and chocolate toffee miniature cake! The menu was created by the husband-and-wife team behind famed Philadelphia vegan restaurants, Vedge, VStreet, and Wiz Kid.

Learn more at WholeFoodsMarket.com.

Enjoy the Flavors of Mexico by way of This New Vegan Recipes Website

on Wednesday, 04 October 2017. Posted in Tips & Ideas

Enjoy the Flavors of Mexico by way of This New Vegan Recipes Website

In a joint effort between Lauren Ornelas (of Chicanx) and the Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.), Vegan Mexican Food was born. Well, the website, that is. ::wink:: Aiming to showcase Mexican foods that do not include animal ingredients while also modeling that it is possible to eat vegan and still incorporate comfort foods, this new website is chock full of recipes including entrees, dips, salsas, sides, drinks, and desserts. The site also includes the history of Mexican cuisine and how many key ingredients are naturally vegan as-is. The website can be viewed in both English and Spanish and is surely one to add to your digital recipe binder! 

Check it out today at VeganMexicanFood.com.

Join The Annual October 2nd #FastAgainstSlaughter

on Wednesday, 20 September 2017. Posted in Tips & Ideas

Join The Annual October 2nd #FastAgainstSlaughter

Two weeks from today you can join us in a collective action to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. Add your voice to the World Day for Farmed Animals Worldwide #FastAgainstSlaughter campaign on Monday, October 2nd. Through our voluntary sacrifice of food, we will amplify the voices of the billions of farmed animals suffering around the world (did you know that every single day 160 million farmed animals from around the world are transported to meet their gruesome end at slaughterhouses?). Help us inspire others to learn the truth and to mobilize a compassionate global community who will not wait around for justice.

Plan or attend an event, share on social media, and/or take the pledge today at DayForAnimals.com.

Customize your search and find a vegan tattoo artist near you!

on Wednesday, 13 September 2017. Posted in Tips & Ideas

Customize your search and find a vegan tattoo artist near you!

This may come as a surprise to those who haven't research tattoo-related facts but there are some tattoo inks that do contain animal products. We know! So silly and unnecessary. However, for those of you who know the struggle to ensure your ink is just as pure as its message, a new website has launched to help us all. Introducing Vegan Tattoo Studios (VTS). Search by way of your country and city to find vegan-friendly studios and artists near you. Founder, Olga Miller initially started a Facebook group around the topic and now the accompanying website.

Find your artist today at VeganTattooStudios.com.

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.

Everything You Need to Know About Summer Camping, Vegan-Style

on Wednesday, 02 August 2017. Posted in Tips & Ideas

Everything You Need to Know About Summer Camping, Vegan-Style

Camping season is in full swing here in North America. If you're a lover of that forever stuck-to-your-clothes campfire smell, s'mores, and bug bites but are wondering how to veganize bits of your camping excursions that may not seem vegan-friendly, we've got just the resource for you. VegNews Editorial Assistant, Sarah McLaughlin penned a great online piece for the publication, called "The Ultimate Guide to Vegan Camping." Inside you'll find information on cruelty-free camping gear, bug spray, and sunscreen, as well as essential foods and snacks, to pack (yep, even vegan s'mores options!).

Read the full source piece over at VegNews.com.

The 'Veggie Hunter' Takes Viewers on Best-Of-US Vegan Food Filled Tours

on Wednesday, 12 July 2017. Posted in Books & Media, Tips & Ideas

The 'Veggie Hunter' Takes Viewers on Best-Of-US Vegan Food Filled Tours

Koi Media and cancer survivor Cynthia Malaran (also known as DJ CherishTheLuv) bring you the latest in a few vegan travel shows popping up on the web. After her 2016 double mastectomy, show host Cynthia found healing in plant-base based foods. She's taking her experience on the road to showcase some of the best veggie meals throughout the country. "Ten years ago it wasn't easy to have a vegan diet and going out to eat was next to impossible...now there are [veg] restaurants popping up everywhere!" said Kamilah Lewis, founder of Koi Media.

Learn more and watch the first few episodes on YouTube.com.

Join Us in Urging The Pizza Hut Chain to Include Dairy-Free Cheese Options

on Wednesday, 28 June 2017. Posted in Tips & Ideas

Join Us in Urging The Pizza Hut Chain to Include Dairy-Free Cheese Options

Following the success of nudging Ben & Jerry's to offer vegan ice cream options (woohoo!) we are taking on Pizza Hut in hopes they too will see the need and value in offering non-dairy cheese throughout their restaurant chain. Even if you signed our Demand Dairy-Free petition last month we need your help again! We have switched to a signature-gathering platform that will hopefully reach a lot more people than the first one. Pizza Hut already carries some plant-based options like their wedges, cinnamon sticks, and pizza dough. Adding vegan cheese to their line-up is an obvious next step. Please join us in urging Pizza Hut to carry vegan cheese!

Sign the petition today on Change.org.

The Skeptical Vegan: My Journey From Notorious Meat Eater to Tofu-Munching Vegan—A Survival Guide.

on Wednesday, 14 June 2017. Posted in Books & Media, Tips & Ideas

The Skeptical Vegan: My Journey From Notorious Meat Eater to Tofu-Munching Vegan—A Survival Guide.

One of the more unique vegan-centric books to hit shelves soon this year is The Skeptical Vegan by our very own, Eric Lindstrom. Eric takes us on his personal journey through the challenges a male may face when choosing a compassionate lifestyle. In his signature witty and opinionated approach, Eric shares advice on social challenges, vegan nutrition, and what it means to be "real man" who does not eat meat. Eric's book features twenty-five original "veganized" meaty recipes including "meaty" chili and portobello steaks.

Pre-order your copy of The Skeptical Vegan today on Amazon.com.

Have We Been Lied To? = The New Face of 10 Billion Lives

on Wednesday, 07 June 2017. Posted in Books & Media, Tips & Ideas

Have We Been Lied To? = The New Face of 10 Billion Lives

We at FARM have revamped our life-saving tour from '10 Billion Lives' to 'Have We Been Lied To.' On the road, the number one discussion we have with viewers after they watch our mini-documentary is that every person has the power to stop animal abuse by making more compassionate food choices. As such our hope is that the new name—Have We Been Lied To—and our new emoji-wrapped van will encourage the public to see how everything from pizza, to burgers, to ice cream, can be made completely vegan and cruelty-free!

To stay up to date with the tour on Twitter and Instagram: @havewebeenlied2 and our Facebook page: facebook.com/havewebeenliedto.

They Beyond Burger Now at 280 Safeway Supermarkets

on Wednesday, 31 May 2017. Posted in Products, Tips & Ideas

They Beyond Burger Now at 280 Safeway Supermarkets

Heads up Nevada, California, and Hawaii - Beyond Meat's vegan patty, The Beyond Burger is coming to a Safeway supermarket near you! "The expansion of The Beyond Burger into a mainstream, conventional grocer like Safeway really speaks to the continued shift in consumers' appetites and purchasing patterns," said Ethan Brown, Beyond Burger's CEO. As expansion and availability grow the cost of the burger will go down and be more competitive with animal-based patties. Beyond Burger is currently available at 650 stores nationwide and in Hong Kong!

Check out the original source piece at VegNews.com.
(Photo by Serious Eats)

Los Angeles schools will start offering vegan meal options to their students!

on Wednesday, 17 May 2017. Posted in Inspiration, Health, Books & Media, Tips & Ideas

Los Angeles schools will start offering vegan meal options to their students!

With the encouragement of vegan teen Lila Copeland and veg celebrities like Pamela Anderson, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) will officially begin offering vegan lunches this fall. "We have had demand and when we get demand like this from our community we institute a pilot to find out [if this] is something we really could implement district-wide," said Steve Zimmer, LAUSD Board President. Since LAUSD is often a model for other schools we are hopeful this turn will take hold once and for all! Hooray!

Read more about the LAUSD plans at SCPR.org.

Get More Vegan Support - Or Become A Mentor

on Wednesday, 10 May 2017. Posted in Inspiration, Tips & Ideas

Get More Vegan Support - Or Become A Mentor

Leaning vegan or just getting started? This mentorship program is for you!
Our friends over at Vegan Outreach have developed a fantastic support system for those who are interested in living a vegan lifestyle and/or those who are just getting started and would like some help along the way. Work with a volunteer mentor to help navigate everything from grocery shopping to answering tough questions from skeptical friends or family members. Likewise, if you are an experienced and fun loving vegan with a lot to share, there is an opportunity to sign up as a mentor as well!

Find your mentor or become one at VeganOutreach.org.

Let's Show Pizza Hut There is a Demand for Dairy-Free Cheese!

on Wednesday, 03 May 2017. Posted in Tips & Ideas

Let's Show Pizza Hut There is a Demand for Dairy-Free Cheese!

We're asking for your help in encouraging Pizza Hut to offer dairy-free cheese options. On Mother's Day, May 14th, visit your local Pizza Hut chain to distribute our brand new postcards! You can also print out our new sign that says, "I want dairy-free cheese because..." and write in why you ditched dairy. Other ways to help out include emailing Pizza Hut's consumer line (CLICK HERE) and writing a letter to your local paper, before Mother's Day, about why you choose dairy-free options. CLICK HERE for a sample PDF letter that you can use. Finally, be sure to sign up for our activist mailing list (HERE) to stay in the loop! 

Learn more and sign up today at DemandDairyFree.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.

Teen Vegan Network (Teen VGN) - A Veg Resource & Summer Camp

on Thursday, 20 April 2017. Posted in Inspiration, Tips & Ideas

Teen Vegan Network (Teen VGN) - A Veg Resource & Summer Camp

During a time that can often feel overwhelming and be discouraging regarding the future of our planet and its inhabitants, it is inspiring organizations like Teen Vegan Network (Teen VGN) that help bring a brighter light into focus. Founded in 2013 by Laura Edwards and Kylie Fackrell, this social network "features forums, recipes, product reviews and opportunities for volunteering. It currently has 1,553 active members, and a reach of around 35,000 social media users..." notes an interview with the founders for The Independent. This network is intended to support those who do not quite fit in with their peers—often because of their dietary and/or lifestyle choices—and who are perhaps not ready for the types of activism or groups aimed at adult vegans. In 2015 the group began hosting annual summer camps that bring together compassion kids for campaigns workshops, campfires, crafts, festival days cooking demos, nature walks, special guest speakers, and more. 

Learn more about this group and how to get involved at TeenVGN.com.
(Photo by Oatly Apparel)

New Vegan Meal Kits by Forks Over Knives

on Tuesday, 11 April 2017. Posted in Products, Health, Tips & Ideas

New Vegan Meal Kits by Forks Over Knives

Known for the award-winning documentary Forks Over Knives, this 'docu' turned media empire has added something new to their lineup of resources—for those seeking to live healthful plant-based lifestyles—easy to assemble vegan meal kits. "We supply the grains and spices, you just add the veggies!" per the slogan on their website. With three flavors including Moroccan Quinoa Pilaf, Mexican Rice and Beans, and Indian Rice and Dal, it will be darn easy to prepare a quick and healthy meal for those of us on the go. The meals are free of oil, gluten, soy, and nuts.

Find product and nutritional information at ForksOverKnives.com.

Animal Rights National Conference: REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

on Tuesday, 28 February 2017. Posted in Tips & Ideas

Animal Rights National Conference: REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

We are back at it! The Animal Rights National Conference is once again set to take place this summer (this time in Washington, DC). As the world's largest and longest running animal rights gathering—having started back in 1981—we are jazzed to again bring you some of the most prolific and informative presentations, speakers, exhibitors, and movers and shakers in the animal rights community. Created for people who wish to improve their animal advocacy skills or simply network with other animal activists, the Animal Rights National Conference includes more than 100 speakers, more than 100 free exhibits, nightly networking receptions, awards banquet, and so much more. We are excited to announce that early registration is now open. Snag your tickets soon to get the best deals!



Get all the information and details at ARConference.org.

Starbucks' NEW Vegan Breakfast Option

on Tuesday, 21 February 2017. Posted in Tips & Ideas

Starbucks' NEW Vegan Breakfast Option

It seems like it has been a long time coming but after gradually introducing vegan-friendly drinks and snacks over the years, and adding almond milk to their menu last year, Starbucks is finally   testing a protein-rich prepared breakfast option, that is fully vegan. In select Starbucks locations throughout New York you can now purchase overnight oats (steel cut oats, quinoa, and chia seeds) soaked in coconut milk topped with almond slices. Incredible! If sales go well in their test locations in New York they plan to add this new vegan menu item to its stores across the nation! 

Read more about Starbuck's new vegan option on WellAndGood.com.

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