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PLANT BASED TREATY: Global campaign launched to switch toward a plant-based economy in combating climate change

AGI KAJA: The campaign for a ‘Plant Based Treaty‘ aims to create bottom-up pressure for leaders to negotiate a global agreement to halt the impact of animal agriculture on the planet... it is a grassroots campaign designed to put food systems at the forefront of combating the climate crisis modelled on the popular Fossil Fuel Treaty... The campaign will work towards 10 million individuals, 10,000 organisations, 10,000 businesses and 50 cities to endorse the treaty by 2023, ahead of the Global Stocktake of the Paris Agreement (GST). Several high-profile celebrities have given their support…

#EndAgGag: Short film released following recent U.S. court decisions concerning Ag-Gag challenges

ALDF: The Animal Legal Defense Fund released 'The Dangers of Ag-Gag Laws', a short film narrated by actress and star... Edie Falco. The film urges action on Ag-Gag laws, which seek to “gag” would-be whistleblowers and undercover investigators by punishing them for recording footage of what goes on in animal agriculture. The 13-minute film uncovers how Ag-Gag laws flout the First Amendment and conceal pollution, food safety threats, and animal cruelty... Ag-Gag laws attempt to ban, is critical to holding the industry accountable for not only the inhumane treatment of animals, but…

#NaturalBirthControl: Vegan birth control, what is it and does it work?

JENNA RYU: Experts say these natural, fertility awareness-based methods are especially appealing for strict vegans who take issue with latex condoms, which contain a milk byproduct, or hormone-based contraceptives such as birth control pills... "Lactose is in most forms of hormonal birth control and comes from milk," says Elina Berglund, co-founder of the first FDA-cleared natural birth control app, Natural Cycles. "Most of them also go through animal testing before testing on humans, so in that sense it's not totally vegan"... One popular and inexpensive birth control option is the basal…

GUT FEELINGS: Protein digestion research findings could inspire new plant-based product development

GUAN YU LIM: Scientists have found plant-based meats are digested differently from animal-based meats in a human gut model and suggest that these findings may facilitate the formulation of a new generation of plant-based meat analogues with improved quality and nutritional attributes. Conducted by researchers from China and US, a plant-based beef and animal beef were put through a simulated gastrointestinal model, and it was found that proteins and lipids were digested differently in both products... Plant-based meat analogues are designed to mimic real meat products and are typically…

COP-OUT: Why Won’t COP26 Take Animal Agriculture Seriously?

KAT SMITH: On November 1, COP26, the United Nations’ annual climate change conference, will kick off in Glasgow. Over the course of 12 days, the conference will unite nations, businesses, and citizens alike to discuss one of the most urgent issues facing the planet: climate change. In 2015 at COP21, the Paris Agreement—a commitment from countries across the globe to take action to limit global warming—was born. As part of the agreement, countries agreed that every five years they would come back with an updated plan reflecting how they will lower their carbon emissions... Commitments have…

STUDY: Plant-based meat alternatives shown to promote ‘positive changes’ in gut microbiome

OLIVER MORRISON: Popular products such as plant-based mince, burgers, sausages and meatballs, are often perceived as low-quality, ultra-processed foods, and is one factor believed to holding back this sector’s development​ from passing trend into one firmly established in the mainstream. But a team of researchers argues that the mere industrial processing of ingredients of plant origin does not make these products ultra-processed by default. They studied the changes to the gut microbiota of a group of 20 participants who replaced several meat-based meals per week with meat alternatives over…

Katie Edwards: It is meat eaters – not vegans – who are the preachy ones

KATIE EDWARDS: Like so many others, I dipped my toe in veganism in January – or “Veganuary”... I’ve been vegetarian since I was 14... but I still can’t seem to make the leap to veganism. Like many people, I consider myself an animal lover. I understand that loving animals shouldn’t extend only to standard domestic pets. I’ve always followed the approach that if I can fall in love with something then it can’t be part of my diet... Still, I found my flirtation with veganism very socially awkward. Despite the plethora of plant-based meat alternatives on offer in supermarkets these days, I…

STUDY: One in three ‘Meat Free Monday’ participants turn veggie after five years

MEAT FREE MONDAY: Meat eaters who engage in campaigns such as Meat Free Monday (MFM) over a longer period of time are more likely to change their diet to vegetarian or vegan, according to a new study by Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) and MFM published in the journal Appetite. More than 30% of those who engaged with the programme for five years or more stopped eating meat, with a corresponding 20% of those who engaged for three to five years. Meat Free Monday aims to encourage and support people to reduce their meat consumption, initially by having a plant-based day each week, in…

CONTRIBUTORY NEGLIGENCE: NGOs call on COP26 to formally acknowledge animal agriculture as major climate change contributor

HSI-UK: More than 50 animal protection, environmental and food justice organisations from around the globe have written to Rt. Hon. Alok Sharma MP, president of the COP26 climate change conference organised by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), calling on the UNFCCC to publicly recognise the catastrophic impact animal agriculture has on the planet at this year’s conference... Eliminating meat and dairy production and consumption is one of the most effective actions we can take to avoid catastrophic climate change... In the animal agriculture industry, more…

DAIRY INTOLERANCE: Animal rights and vegan activists blockade largest dairy factory in UK

NICK HARDINGES: Animal Rebellion protesters have blockaded the largest dairy factory in the UK by locking themselves onto bamboo structures and concrete barricades. Some 50 climate activists who support the animal rights group occupied the Aylesbury distribution centre of Arla Foods early on Tuesday morning... Some 13 of the world's biggest dairy firms contributed more greenhouse gas pollution in 2017 than mining and oil giants BHP and ConocoPhillips... They are calling on the multinational company to switch to plant-based production by 2025 and said they will not move until the firm…