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STUDY: How effective is Cowspiracy documentary in encouraging meat reduction?

KERRI TENNISWOOD: Advocates employ many different messages to encourage meat reduction, including the “big three”— ending animal suffering, supporting human health, and protecting the environment. Researchers have found that both animal welfare and human health campaigns are more effective at changing people’s meat-eating habits compared to those focused on the environment. Environmental campaigns, however, are usually text-based, such as written articles. Popular documentaries may be a more effective tool to encourage positive environmental behavior change. An example is Al Gore’s film…

Darryl Grima: How can it make sense to kill six million animals an hour?

RAPHAEL VASSALLO: Veganism is a growing trend. But environmentalist, vegan and End The Slaughter campaigner Darryl Grima argues that this may well be a reaction to the sheer ‘insanity’ of today’s global food industry. Here is the interview: RV: According to yesterday’s headlines: ‘Veganism on the rise in the EU’. That seems to be true of Malta . Yet it was only a few years ago, that vegetarianism – let alone veganism – was more or less unheard of, locally. You were one of only a handful of pioneers (including the late Julian Manduca), back in the 1980s: and let’s face it, you were all…

THE ‘GREEN’ INCONVENIENT TRUTH: Plant-based meat by far the best climate investment, report finds

DAMIAN CARRINGTON: Investments in plant-based alternatives to meat lead to far greater cuts in climate-heating emissions than other green investments, according to one of the world’s biggest consultancy firms. The report from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) found that, for each dollar, investment in improving and scaling up the production of meat and dairy alternatives resulted in three times more greenhouse gas reductions compared with investment in green cement technology, seven times more than green buildings and 11 times more than zero-emission cars. Investments in the plant-based…

Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD): The animal crisis is a human crisis

ALICE CRARY & LORI GRUEN: Today it is undeniable that the human use and destruction of animals and their habitats, including practices that result in mass animal deaths, have existential implications not only for non-human animals but also for human beings and the entire planet. Human activities are polluting and destroying animal habitats on land and sea at such a rate that we are confronting what some scientists call a sixth mass extinction. Pollution is heating the seas and leaving them strewn with plastics that degrade ocean ecosystems, while the size and number of fertilizer-laden,…

EVIL IS IN THE AIR: Animal rights activists’ drone video details livestock cruelty on factory farms

BRUCE CRUMLEY: The broadening deployment of UAVs for rapidly diversifying purposes in recent years has allowed operators to get eyes on – and in – places that were previously inaccessible, when not intentionally shut away from outside observers. Among organizations that have taken to the skies for closer looks are animal rights activists, who now operate drone missions to obtain video evidence of inhumane treatment of livestock on massive “factory farms.” The most recent example of that work by animal rights activists was a highly effective ­and very disturbing drone video of an enormous…

A FLY IN THE OINTMENT: Study determines insects do indeed feel pain, findings raise ethical concerns about farming insects for food

SHIVALI BEST: Researchers from Queen Mary University of London claim that insects feel pain, 'most likely' because they have central nervous control of nociception (the detection of painful stimuli), just like humans. Based on the findings, the researchers say that insects should be included in animal welfare protections – particularly as insect farming ramps up. Nociception is the detection of painful stimuli and is usually accompanied by the feeling of pain. Modulation of nociception allows animals to adapt their behaviour in different contexts. In mammals, this is executed by neurons…

Meat, Monopolies, Mega Farms: How the U.S. food system fuels climate crisis

AMANDA SCHUPAK: Food and the climate crisis are locked in a tangled web of cause and effect. Globally, food systems contribute about a third of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, yet they are also uniquely vulnerable to climate impacts: from soaring temperatures and drought to intense rainfall and flooding... Agriculture contributes less than 1% to GDP in the US – yet it is responsible for 11% of the country’s GHG emissions, polluted waterways and millions of acres of degraded land. “The US is such a huge contributor to climate change and we’re doing so pathetically little to address it,…

PURPOSEFUL NEGLIGENCE: New study finds animal agriculture emissions pose risks to both health and climate

RICE UNIVERSITY: A study led by environmental scientists at Rice University's George R. Brown School of Engineering puts numbers to the toll of reactive nitrogen species produced in America's croplands. The study led by Daniel Cohan, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, and graduate student Lina Luo quantifies emissions of nitrogen oxides, ammonia and nitrous oxide from fertilized soils over three years (2011, 2012 and 2017) and compares their impacts by region on air quality, health and climate. While seasonal and regional impacts differ across types of emission,…

Kathryn Parsons: Why Veganism Should Be Apolitical

KATHRYN PARSONS: In recent years, veganism as a phenomenon has accelerated its growth as a movement with tangible changes in society, on our high streets and in our shops. As equally has a palpable political alignment to the left come with it, likely due to a supposed common alliance in their liberal stances and egalitarian core. Since its roots in the French Revolution, the left has stood for equality, class struggle and the protection of people from abuses of power. In contradiction to this, typical notions of conservatism bring to the fore thoughts of injustices within capitalist…

Jordi Casamitjana: The Politics of Veganism

JORDI CASAMITJANA: One of the good things about the term vegan becoming more well-known and used in mainstream society is that we now have more delicious vegan food available everywhere. One of the bad things, though, is that more people may use the term incorrectly, or co-opt the concept of veganism taking it somewhere far from what it should be. Luckily, we have the definition of the Vegan Society to set things straight: “Veganism is a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food,…