Articles tagged with: vegnews

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.

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.

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.

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.

DC Greek Restaurant Goes Vegan

on Thursday, 16 March 2017. Posted in Inspiration

DC Greek Restaurant Goes Vegan

Chefs from all culinary backgrounds have been making news waves over the years as they and/or their restaurants get veganized. We have another one to add to the growing list of compassionate cooks, a one mister José Andrés. Andrés recently announced that the menu at his Greek restaurant Zaytina (in Washington, DC) is now vegan! With dishes like plant-based kabobs, olive oil poached artichokes, shiitake mushroom-topped flatbread, and Greek Mountain Tea Granita served with red grapefruit, orange confit, and mint, you can be sure José's efforts will not go unnoticed. We are continually inspired by those who can reach many, in their efforts to create more awareness about plant-based foods and how amazingly delicious they can be. Thanks, Chef!

Read the source article about 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.

True Stories: "Veganism Saved My Life" (via VegNews)

on Thursday, 26 January 2017. Posted in Inspiration

True Stories:

In an inspiring new interview series featured inVegNews Magazine, real people will share stories of how switching to a vegan diet quite literally saved their lives. The vegan media publication gives us a look into their new series with their first story published last week on their website as well. Storyteller, Andres Vallejo talks of his cancer diagnosis about six years ago and how, with the support of his family, he was able to put his rare form of cancer into remission - and so it remains today. "Six years after his diagnosis, the cancer is at bay, and his most recent medical exams have been totally clear of any signs of cancer. Ironically, Andres reports that he's much healthier overall now then he was before his diagnosis—having lost 40 pounds, reduced his cholesterol, and normalized his blood glucose levels," notes the article. So awesome!

Read Andres' story and learn more on VegNews.com.

Animal Ag Causing Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs in Humans

on Wednesday, 25 January 2017. Posted in News

Animal Ag Causing Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs in Humans

It is likely true that many of us have over the years been made aware how animal agriculture is harmful to the planet as a whole. Aside from being a leading cause of global warming, it turns out raising and slaughtering animals for mass human consumption is also contributing to the creation of antibiotic resistant "superbugs" in humans. Stephen Hinchliffe, Author of Pathological Lives and professor at England's University of Exeter said, "as any epidemiologist will tell you, a microbe can only become deadly or pathogenic if there is the right environment and host conditions...Bird[s raised for food] numbers and altered bodies have, in short, made the planet more 'infectable.'" In short, as VegNews put it, "...animal agriculture is perpetuating the spread of epidemics amongst humans." 

Read the full report and feature on Phys.org.

New UK Shopping Behaviors Impacting Meat Sales

on Wednesday, 28 December 2016. Posted in News

New UK Shopping Behaviors Impacting Meat Sales

With continuous worldwide reports and studies being released about the dangers of consuming animal products it is no surprise that The Grocer's (a trade magazine) recent product survey declared some pretty hefty changes in the shopping habits of residents in the United Kingdom. Per the source article, VegNews.com, "...nationwide sales of all meat products have plummeted by €327.8 million ($405.4 million)...accounting for the largest decrease in the sector. For comparison, the report revealed that the sale of cigarettes fell by €210.7 million ($260.6 million);" they are getting ride of meat fast than smoking cigarettes! These global reports are important as we continue to see a shift toward more health conscious and compassionate living.

See the report and learn more on TheGrocer.co.uk.

(Photo by HuffingtonPost)

Meat & Multiple Sclerosis

on Wednesday, 21 December 2016. Posted in News

Meat & Multiple Sclerosis

While historically it has been difficult to conduct effective studies related to multiple sclerosis—due to inadequate control groups—a new study has made some progress and published its results. This month's issue of Nature (a scientific journal) included a paper by science writer, Sujata Gupta. The paper talked of the results of a one year long study with 61 multiple sclerosis patients who followed The McDougall Diet. As such, each participant experienced lower fatigue rates when eating a plant-based diet. Per the source article on VegNews.com, "In recent years, multiple studies have proven plant-based diets effectively ease the pain associated with type 2 diabetes and lower the risk of heart disease, obesity, and certain types of cancer," as well.

Read the original paper by Gupta on Nature.com.

New Plant-Based TV Show: The Big Fat Truth (April 2017)

on Thursday, 15 December 2016. Posted in Inspiration, News

New Plant-Based TV Show: The Big Fat Truth (April 2017)

You may have heard of TV shows like The Biggest Loser, Bar Rescue, and Extreme Weight Loss but did you know that the producer of these shows is vegan? And that he has decided to launch a plant-based version of the famed, The Biggest LoserThe Big Fat Truth will aim to have participants eat a plant-based diet—while under the watchful eye of the amazing Dr. Michael Greger. In an interview with VegNews, Roth said, "a group of six diabetic participants featured on the show completely ceased taking medication after the initial 10-day, plant-based transition—just from eating plants!" The show is set to air in April 2017 on the Z Living network. Plant-based TV shows by 'big deal' producers? Yes please!

Read the source article on VegNews.com.

Lung Cancer & Slaughterhouse Workers

on Wednesday, 14 December 2016. Posted in News

Lung Cancer & Slaughterhouse Workers

In order to determine what causes lung cancer, among people who do not smoke, Nobel Prize winner, Harald Zur Hausen, MD has been studying and recently released new findings. He gave a presentation at the World Conference on Lung Cancer in Austria noting that "exposure to meat pathogens increases risk of rare forms of lung cancer," noted the source piece fromVegNews.com. The article goes on, "His findings indicate that slaughterhouse workers, butchers, and others exposed to animal carcasses, inhale oncogenic viruses—or viruses that can lead to cancer cell formation." In fact, just last year, the World Health Organization noted that processed meat is just as bad as tobacco, classifying it into the same carcinogenic category.  

Read more about Hausen's research on CancerTherapyAdvisor.com.

Presidential Activism: Mary Robison (Former President of Ireland)

on Thursday, 06 October 2016. Posted in Inspiration

Presidential Activism: Mary Robison (Former President of Ireland)

Speaking of our carbon footprint, former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson used her status and influence during her presentation at the One Young World Summit (in Ottawa, Canada) to encourage attendees to eat less or no meat at all. After the Paris Agreement was signed earlier this year, asking asking nations to reduce their carbon footprint, Robinson—in a room full of 'young leaders' from 196 nations—said, "We need each of us to think about our carbon footprint...eat less meat, or no meat at all. Become vegetarian or vegan. We have to change. We cannot go on with business as usual." Well said, Mary! Thank you heaps!

Check out the source article on VegNews.com.

Chief Cardiologist Becomes Vegan for His Health

on Thursday, 29 September 2016. Posted in Inspiration

Chief Cardiologist Becomes Vegan for His Health

When someone whose job entails knowing the conditions of the human heart—what keeps it ticking, if you will—publicly declares his understanding of the impact of food on our bodies and therefore declares his veganism, you know the world is truly changing. John C. Teeters, MD recently explained his decision to eschew animal products after listening to a lecture by vegan Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. Teeters later stated in an interview, "One of the sad things about medical education is that we don't get a lot of diet education...and patients empirically trust us to know these things." Teeters has since lost 57 pounds and advocates veganism!

Read it from the source article on VegNews.com.

Our Nation's $13.7 Billion Plant-Based Industry

on Wednesday, 28 September 2016.

Our Nation's $13.7 Billion Plant-Based Industry

Using this year's IMPLAN model ("a standard system that estimates the impact of any given industry on the economy"), trade group Plant Based Food Association (PBFA) revealed their results in finding that the current plant-based food industry is supporting the United States economy by a whopping $13.7 billion! The study also revealed the plant-based industry has resulted in 60,000 jobs so far, and produces far and away higher pay grades per year, than what the average American earns. "This new data, combined with recent environmental research showing that meat substitutes produce 10 times fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar beef products...points to why public policies should support the growing plant-based foods industry," said Michele Simon, executive director of PBFA.

Scope out the report for yourself at PlantBasedFoods.org.
(Photo by Red Hot Vegans)

Cattle Rancher Turns Factory Farm into Animal Sanctuary

on Thursday, 22 September 2016.

Cattle Rancher Turns Factory Farm into Animal Sanctuary

Mark Lanigan, a former cattle ranch farmer based in Canada, has made media waves this past week with his announcement to switch his animal agriculture and slaughter business to a haven for farmed animals. Farmhouse Garden Animal Home sits on 100 acres and will be a forever home to about two dozen cows, geese, a donkey, and horses. "How hypocritical of me to give something so much love, [when] the end thing is so different from that love," Mike said in an interview with The Dodo. Lanigan also plans to grow vegetables to sell at a local farmers' market, gather maple syrup, and collect lumber, in order to make the most of his property. Mike notes that he also intends to rescue and home cows from other nearby slaughterhouses and farms.

Read more about Mike's story on TheDodo.com.

Fraud in The Fish Farming Industry

on Wednesday, 21 September 2016. Posted in News

Fraud in The Fish Farming Industry

The Oceana conservation organization recently revealed the results of an investigation, finding that 82 percent of the samples of fish tested in Italy were incorrectly labeled; nearly half of which were made up of endangered aqua life. And 58 percent included some species that are poisonous to humans. According to VegNews' coverage, "Oceana determined that the motivation behind the mislabeling is profit-driven as cheaper fish could be sold to consumers under misleading labels—such as "sustainable" and "wild-caught." The findings will be presented next week at the Our Ocean Conference in Washington, DC."  If we stopped trying to kill and eat these beautiful creatures, we wouldn't have to worry about extinction, getting poisoned, or having this conversation at all! ::sigh::

Check out the source article on VegNews.com.

Demand for Tyson Foods to Restructure - Attention to Plant-Based Meat Alternatives

on Wednesday, 07 September 2016. Posted in News

Demand for Tyson Foods to Restructure - Attention to Plant-Based Meat Alternatives

It looks like food giant, Tyson is will soon be facing some heat with its investors and shareholders regarding its lack of attention to animal welfare concerns by consumers and the ever growing plant-based meat industry. "The demand for plant-based proteins is skyrocketing and needs to be considered and accounted for in business planning," said Marissa LaFave of Green Century Capital Management. She goes on, "Failure to see around corners and adjust to changing demands places the company at a great disadvantage relative to its competitors in the food industry who are already innovating in this area." 

Read from the source article on VegNews.com.

Vegan Wedding Season Via VegNews

on Thursday, 01 September 2016. Posted in Inspiration

Vegan Wedding Season Via VegNews

Since the magazine's early days VegNews has annually featured vegan weddings from around the world. For those hoping to one day meet your dreamy vegan partner in crime, it sure is inspiring and lovely to hear so many vegan wedding stories. This year is just as fun, featuring the likes of six couples, sharing how they met, what the wedding was like, and of course what the wedding menu included! The series is still being rolled out but so far we hear from Alex and Nicole in New York, who met at Disneyland; Andrea and Kyle in California - they met via Twitter(!); Melissa and Chad in Utah - who met at work, and Jac and Jae in Ohio - they met on OKCupid. As the VegNews' piece highlights: it sure is a digital world these days. ::smiles::

Read each couple's story on VegNews.com.
(photo by iamlauramiller.com)

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