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U.S dietary guideline committee blasted for ignoring health risks of dairy

MARIA CHIORANDO: A cornerstone nutritional report which will inform the next five years of federal dietary guidance has been criticized for failing to warn against the dangers of dairy consumption. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee's (DGAC) scientific report, which was compiled the Committee's 20 health expert members, reviews the latest dietary and nutrition research. It will be used by the USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. While the report was praised for recommending that Americans should opt for…

Join the Farmed Animal Conference E-Summit for FREE (August 3-9, 2020)

ANIMAL PLACE: The critical issues affecting farmed animals are only increasing during this global pandemic, and as animal activists, vegans, environmentalists, and plant-based eaters we know we must do more. But what? And how? Join the Farmed Animal Conference E-Summit (FACES) August 3-9. This FREE online event about the future of the farmed animal movement is sponsored by Animal Place and Plant Based Network, and features activists, scientists, authors, filmmakers and other impactful voices in the farmed animal movement! Topics include farmed animal behavior, the role of sanctuaries as…

British company offering meat lovers £2,000 to go vegan for a month

LIZZIE THOMSON: Would some extra cash persuade you to change your eating habits? A company is offering to pay meat lovers £2,000 each to go vegan for a month. Research agency VeganLiftz has revealed it’s looking to recruit three meat eaters who are willing to go plant-based for a month, to highlight the benefits of a vegan diet. Anyone interested needs to live in Newcastle, Glasgow, Birmingham, Liverpool or London – as these cities have been found to have the most meat-eaters... Jason Hughes, founder of VeganLiftz.com, said: ‘Our main aim at VeganLiftz.com is to debunk any myths out there…

THE END: Corporate animal agriculture’s days are numbered. What comes next?

KENDRA COULTER: Corporate animal agriculture is in crisis, and its days are numbered. Factory farming and industrialized animal slaughtering are being recognized as dangerous for workers’ health, as potential causes of the next pandemic and as both ethically and environmentally unsustainable. Early numbers suggest noteworthy increases in the purchase of plant-based foods during the pandemic. New vegan products are being brought to market almost weekly. And advancements in cultured “clean” meat may soon result in mass production. These technological innovations mean that meat can be created…

‘It’s bull—-’: Impossible CEO on critics who say plant-based meat is unhealthy

JADE SCIPIONI: What does the founder and CEO of Impossible Foods have to say to critics who say his and other plant-based burgers are really just vegan junk food? “It’s bulls----,” Pat Brown tells CNBC Make It. Impossible Foods, along with Beyond Meat and other plant-based meat competitors, tout their products as healthy alternatives to animal protein. And people are eating it up, literally — according to new data from Nielsen, sales of plant-based meat alternatives have grown nearly 25% from July 11, 2019 to July 11, 2020, bringing in roughly $601.4 million in sales during that period. But…

Beyond Meat Releases New High-Protein, Low-Fat Burger

AVI NATAN: Beyond Meat has announced a new veggie burger which will be produced locally in Canada. Made with simple, plant-based ingredients without GMOs, the Beyond Burger is designed to meet, if not exceed, the nutritional profile of its animal protein equivalent- and boasts 35% less saturated fat. The California-based vegan brand says that its newest burger offers 20g of protein derived from “simple, plant-based ingredients like peas, mung beans, and rice, and features marbling made from cocoa butter that is designed to melt and tenderize like beef"... Beyond Meat CEO Ethan Brown said,…

STUDY: Plant-based diets shown to lower blood pressure, even if you cheat a little

UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK: Consuming a plant-based diet can lower blood pressure even if small amounts of meat and dairy are consumed too, according to new research from the University of Warwick... They argue that any effort to increase plant-based foods in your diet and limit animal products is likely to benefit your blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular disease. They conducted a systematic review of previous research from controlled clinical trials to compare seven plant-based diets, several of which included animal products in small amounts, to a…

Can India lead the ‘vegan economy’ against future pandemics?

ANKUSH DAS AND KOWTHAMRAJ VS: The WHO estimates that 75 percent of new diseases discovered in the last decade have originated in animals (zoonosis). This is primarily because more than 90 percent of the meat we consume is sourced from a vast industry of factory farms that house farm animals in unhygienic conditions. This presents a perfect breeding ground for viruses. To prevent future virus outbreaks, a part of the solution may lie in moving towards a more plant-based diet. In this regard, India might be sitting on a gold mine of opportunity. The vegan movement advocates for a shift to a…

Chinese factory farming creating perfect environment for new pandemic even more deadly than COVID

BRIAN MCGLEENON: Chinese factory farming is creating the perfect environment for "the mutation and amplification of new viruses" and unless conditions improve "this pandemic will not be the last one", a leading scientist has warned. Global Head of Research and Animal Welfare for Animals in Farming Kate Blaszak described the growth of intensive farming units not just in China but across the world and pointed to them as having the potential to both increase antibiotic resistance and create a deadlier pathogen than COVID-19. Ms Blaszak said: "China is incubating two new strains of bird flu. It…

MASS EXTERMINATION: California kills 3.2 MILLION trout to halt bacteria outbreak

CBS SACRAMENTO: California will kill 3.2 million trout to stop the outbreak of a bacterial infection that’s threatening hatcheries, wildlife officials said... The trout, which are used to stock waterways for recreational fishing, are in two hatcheries in the Owens Valley in the eastern Sierra and one hatchery in the Mojave Desert city of Victorville, northeast of Los Angeles... Fish at the hatcheries have been infected with Lactococcus garvieae, which is similar to streptococcus, wildlife officials said... The fish to be killed are at Mojave River Hatchery, Black Rock Hatchery and Fish…