The campaign to expose the harmful, violent, and destructive reality of the animal agriculture industry.

‘COP-OUT26’ DISPATCH: Animal rights protesters scale UK government building, demand an end to animal farm subsidies

MARK DUELL: Four animal rights activists rested on hammocks... seven hours after scaling the Defra and Home Office building in London as they demanded 'government support for a plant-based food system' at Cop26. The campaigners from Animal Rebellion climbed up the structure on Marsham Street in Westminster, which houses both Government departments, before dawn at about 6am - and were still attached to it by 1pm ... The group, which was founded in July 2019, said it would continue to take action until the Government 'defunds meat and subsidises a plant-based transition' – and the protesters…

THE MORAL FACTOR: When can we eat cultured meat? It’s an ‘ingredient’ issue

CORIE BROWN: Production of cultured meat, created in a stainless steel tank, is happening in labs around the world. But producing it at a volume and cost where it fulfills the promise of replacing conventional meat is a hurdle that no startup has shown it can clear... One of the biggest challenges? Ingredients. You might assume that alternative proteins do not involve animal products, that their labels can include two very important words, “slaughter-free.” But when it comes to cultured meat, it’s complicated. The easiest way to cultivate meat or fish is to take a few cells from a live…

CALF: The online database that could help us shift away from factory farms

SALLY HO: CALF, which stands for the Coller Animal Law Forum, aims to be a digital interactive tool that analyses and centralises all the laws and policies in the world impacting farmed animals. It represents the first all-in-one platform providing an overview of all legislation relating to issues of animal welfare, environmental protection in agriculture, the global animal trade and the overuse of antibiotics on industrial farms... CALF is a database for farmed animal law and policy, which could help create a standard global framework to solve the issues of animal welfare, antibiotic…

THE GREAT RE-PLATEMENT: Prepare yourself for an avalanche of fake meat

CORIE BROWN: Within six months, cultured meat companies say they expect the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, both of which have a say, to set the rules for getting their products to market. That, in turn, is expected to pave the way for cultured meat to start popping up in select restaurants next year. (It likely will be years before companies are able to produce enough cultured meat — competitively priced — for grocery store sales.) Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods already proved meat lovers will put alternative proteins at the center of their plates...…

DIVEST ANIMAL AGRICULTURE: To fight the climate crisis, banks must stop financing factory farming

KARI HAMERSCHLAG: As the climate crisis boils over, new research shows that reducing methane emissions is our best hope to rapidly stem the crisis. It’s time to turn up the heat on the industrial meat industry and dramatically curtail its climate harm, which includes 32% of global methane emissions. Yet instead development banks are using public funds to expand this sector that generates 16.5% of total greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). On 19 and 20 October, hundreds of public development banks (PDBs) will gather for the second Finance in Common Summit to make pledges to advance Paris climate…

‘NOOCH’: The secret weapon for cheesy, savory flavor (that isn’t cheese)

VIDYA RAO: One of the most common things you’ll hear from people who are considering going vegan is that they could never live without cheese. And who can argue with that? It’s hard to beat that umami-rich, cheesy flavor that makes everything better, from sauces to casseroles to popcorn. Enter the vegan’s secret weapon: nutritional yeast... Also called "nooch"... or even "hippy dust," nutritional yeast used to be a fringe ingredient for people in the know. But, like veganism itself, nutritional yeast has gone mainstream as a must-have ingredient for home chefs trying to cook healthier…

SURVEY: Over a third of U.S. consumers will adopt cultured meat when launched

PR NEWSWIRE: Future Meat Technologies, a leading start up developing innovative technology to produce cultured meat, unveiled new research findings revealing compelling insights on American consumer preferences around cultured meat. In partnership with Provoke Insights, Future Meat Technologies surveyed 2,016 American consumers to better understand awareness of and preferences around cultured meat. Key findings from the research include: - Over one in three U.S. consumers surveyed plan to adopt cultured meat into their diet when launched - 58% of respondents had a general awareness of…

STUDY: New scientific research shows plant-based diet promotes urological health

SALLY HO: Three new scientific studies are connecting a healthy plant-based diet to better men’s health outcomes. Presented at the recent American Urological Association (AUA) virtual conference, the new studies show a link between plant-based food intake and better urological health in men, as well as a reduced risk of prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction. The AUA has presented three new scientific studies highlighting the benefits of plant-based diets for men’s health—specifically urological health in men. At the virtual annual conference hosted by the organisation, researchers…

LUKEWARM FRIENDS: How vegans and vegetarians view each other

MATTHEW O'SHAUGHNESSY: Vegetarians and vegans (“veg*ns”) often face prejudice for violating the near-universal social norm of eating meat. But the veg*n movement is far from homogenous, and members frequently experience negativity even from within the veg*n community. In recent survey research, researchers examined how different veg*n subgroups viewed each other. These subgroups were defined along two dimensions: whether an individual is vegetarian or vegan, and whether the individual is primarily motivated by animal welfare, the environment, health, or religious/spiritual reasons. The…

TOXIC ‘GREENS’: Plant-based food companies face criticism from ‘environmental advocates’

JULIE CRESWELL: Consumers and investors alike have gobbled up Beyond Meat’s burgers, sausage and chicken in recent years, thanks at least in part to the company’s message that its plant-based products are good for the environment. But some are not so sure. One investor-tracking firm gives Beyond Meat a zero when it comes to sustainability measures. Another rates it a “severe risk,” putting it on a par with beef and chicken processing giants JBS and Tyson... “We don’t feel we have sufficient information to say Beyond Meat is fundamentally different from JBS,” said Roxana Dobre, a manager of…