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STUDY: Processed meat found to increase risk of dementia by 44%

MELISSA SCOTT: Various research studies have highlighted the factors found to potentially contribute to the onset of neurodegenerative diseases like dementia. In a study, it has been shown that consumption of processed meat could increase dementia risk. This research was carried out by scientists from the University's Nutritional Epidemiology Group. They utilized data from 500,000 people and found that consumption of 25g serving of processed meat a day, the equivalent of one rasher of bacon, is linked with an increased risk of developing the disease by 44 percent... Researchers were trying…

UNDENIABLY WAIRY: How ‘big dairy’ infiltrated TikTok

BJORN OLAFSSON: If you don’t know who “MrBeast” is, your kids almost certainly do. He’s massive with the Gen Z demographic, consistently trending on TikTok and YouTube, most famous for eye-grabbing philanthropic stunts or Squid Game recreations, sometimes reaching over a billion views a month. He’s also the latest influencer to collaborate with Undeniably Dairy, a massive, multiyear, marketing campaign designed to boost sagging sales of milk worldwide. But this campaign isn’t a ‘how do you do fellow kids’ cringey faux pax. These videos are popular, cool even: Iced coffee hacks. Cooking…

SURVEY: 42% of consumers believe plant-based food will replace meat by 2032

MOHSINA DODHIYA: New consumer research has found that four out of 10 consumers worldwide think most people will ditch meat for plant-based food in the next decade. The study was conducted by global insights and advisory consultancy GlobeScan and EAT, a science-based non-profit for global food system transformation. They surveyed almost 30,000 consumers in 31 markets around the world across healthy, sustainable, and equitable food provision. The results were presented in the second edition of the Grains of Truth series. Key findings include 42% of the respondents claiming that in the next 10…

BEING VEGAN: New report links veganism with a stronger sense of well-being

POLITICS.CO.UK: A new report 'Wellbeing and Veganism: A Concept Report 2022' by The Vegan Society asks whether veganism can be a pathway towards a greater sense of wellbeing and connection with ourselves, our values and nature. This is the society’s first concept report, which brings together insights from across a range of literature to begin to address the gap in knowledge concerning the relationship between a vegan lifestyle, happiness, and other areas of wellbeing. Considering questions such as “Do we have to sacrifice hedonism if we want to live a life with more meaning?” and “What…

COP-OUT: The meat that COP27 is not talking about

NITIN MEHTA: As world leaders meet in Cairo to try and stop a catastrophe that the human race faces, no one notices the vegan elephant in the room. The world leaders in Cairo will hardly mention meat as the single most cause of the dire state of our planet. Indeed, meat is on the menu for the delegates. According to Gidon Eshel, a geophysicist, when you eat a steak, you kill a lemur in Madagascar. You eat a chicken, you kill an Amazonian parrot. This is because rainforests are being decimated and converted to pasture and feed crops to meet the increasing demand for meat and dairy. Between…

The meat industry is borrowing tactics from Big Oil to obfuscate the truth about climate change

BRIAN KATEMAN: The New York Times published findings from Unearthed, the investigative arm of Greenpeace U.K., regarding the funding of The CLEAR Center, a major research center for environmentalism and sustainability. The center is located at the University of California, Davis and headed by Dr. Frank Mitloehner. According to the report, it receives the majority of its funding from organizations directly connected to the agriculture industry. Worse, CLEAR was conceived by a trade group — IFeeder, the nonprofit extension of the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA). IFeeder is "a…

There’s one big subject our leaders at Cop27 won’t touch: livestock farming

GEORGE MONBIOT: There are just two actions needed to prevent catastrophic climate breakdown: leave fossil fuels in the ground and stop farming animals. But, thanks to the power of the two industries, both aims are officially unmentionable. Neither of them has featured in any of the declarations from the 26 climate summits concluded so far. Astonishingly, the sectors themselves are seldom mentioned. I’ve worked through every final agreement produced by the summits since they began. Fossil fuels are named in only six of them... The other omission is even starker. Livestock is mentioned in…

‘The Land of Ahimsa’: New vegan documentary deep-dives into India’s complicated history with food and peace

PLANT BASED NEWS: A new feature-length documentary aims to restore the meaning of ahimsa – respect and non-violence towards all living beings – across India. The Land of Ahimsa — which will launch on the Plant Based News (PBN) YouTube channel on November 17 (available to watch for free) — looks closely at the meaning of the word. Ahimsa dates back roughly 4,000 years, and is inspired by the notion that all living beings share a spiritual energy. And therefore, to harm another is to harm oneself. Ahimsa is a central part of the Dhārmic religions, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, and…

IVFF 2022: The International Vegan Film Festival to offer online access to viewers worldwide

MARIA CHIORANDO: The International Vegan Film Festival (IVVF) has announced that viewers will be able to attend the event virtually this year. IVVF organisers describe the festival as ‘a trailblazing event dedicated to celebrating the vegan ideal: a healthier, more compassionate, environmentally friendly lifestyle that can be achieved through the consumption of plants and animal-free alternatives’. It is ‘excited to continue offering an online Festival experience to viewers worldwide this year’, with virtual screenings running from November 7-24, following the event’s in-person screening,…

ENDING BLENDS: Inside the fantastical, pragmatic quest to make ‘hybrid’ meat

KENNY TORRELLA: This much is true: Production and consumption of meat is an environmental and ethical catastrophe. And we keep eating more of it, with enormous consequences. There’s climate change and the environment: Almost 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions can be traced back to livestock, while in the US alone, air pollution from meat production is linked to 12,700 premature deaths each year. Or lifesaving drugs: Three-quarters of antibiotics used globally are fed to farmed animals, and partially as a result, bacteria on farms are growing resistant to the drugs, contributing…