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Have we reached ‘peak meat’?

EMIKO TERAZONO: 'Meat consumption in developed countries show signs of having peaked amid health scares and environmental and sustainability concerns. It has enormous implications for the planet, the $US1.2 trillion ($1.7 trillion) livestock meat market and individual traders... “I see it as a natural development in the food industry,” says Paul Martinelli, managing director of the meat supplier that has been working out of Smithfield since the 1980s. “There is a lot of interest in the product and our clients are asking us about it. They may choose to do it more in January and February than…

Veganuary: How Netflix’s The Game Changers and plant-based chefs are turning Veganism around

LIM LI YING: 'The links between diet and health have been thrust into the spotlight with Netflix’s documentary The Game Changers, in which Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton and former body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger discuss success on a plant-based diet... Demand for plant-based options are on the rise. Apart from plant-based meat options, there is a need to look at the implications of a plant-based diet... Chef Arnaud Hauchon, culinary curator at Fivelements, understands the lifestyle and how we can no longer “force” people to convert to a diet. “All of the deadliest diseases…

STUDY: Animal Agriculture Costs More In Health Damage Than It Contributes To The Economy

JEFF MCMAHON: 'U.S. farms cost the economy more in health and environmental damage than they contribute to the economy, according to a recent study in the Publication of the National Academy of the Sciences. For 20 economic sectors, the study compares the cost of premature deaths from particulate air pollution to the value added to the economy. Farms performed worst, driven down by animal agriculture. “At the margin, we're seeing that the damages from air pollution provided by farms are larger than the marginal value that the farms provide in economic terms,” said co-author Inês M.L.…

Why Veganuary Is the Perfect New Year’s Resolution for Reducing Your Impact in 2020

SOPIE HIRSH: 'With the climate crisis accelerating at the fastest rate we've ever seen and with vegan options at the top of their game, there’s no time like the present to try living a vegan lifestyle. Eating plant-based has a significantly lower environmental impact than any other diet, including a vegetarian, pescatarian, or meat-eating diet; veganism is the kindest diet for animals; and a diet rich in plants is generally healthier than one filled with animal products. A great way to dip your toes into the vegan lifestyle is by participating in Veganuary for the month of January.…

Animal Protection, Conservation Groups Sue the USDA for Gutting Pig Slaughterhouse Oversight

BUSINESS WIRE: 'Seven organizations dedicated to protecting the animals, people, and environments that suffer due to industrial animal agriculture filed a lawsuit today against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) challenging its decision to reduce oversight at pig slaughterhouses and eliminate limits on the slaughter speeds, exposing pigs to greater suffering and flouting federal humane slaughter, meat inspection, and environmental protection laws. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York on behalf of Farm Sanctuary, Animal Equality, the…

Industrial dairy farming is taking over in Wisconsin, raising environmental concerns

LEE BERGQUIST: 'Concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, are growing rapidly and taking over an increasing share of the Wisconsin’s milk production. Often referred to as industrial or mega-farms, they can house thousands of cows in massive metal buildings. Cows are milked three times a day in an operation that runs around the clock and tankers full of milk head in and out at all hours. Some newer industrial buildings run the length of a half-dozen football fields; farmers have been known to fly drones inside to get a bird's-eye view of their operations. The average size of a…

Elite vegan athletes: What made them change their lifestyle

ALEXANDER WHITE: 'There is no doubt about it, veganism is huge in the modern world. Meat-imitating vegan products have infiltrated almost all major supermarkets across the globe and have changed the way people lead their lives. Elite athletes aren’t immune from the trend, despite prevailing wisdom suggesting much of the protein sports starts need to stay in peak physical condition should come from animal products. Here, we look at 10 superstars who have adopted a plant-based diet and why they made the significant change to their lifestyles'.  SOURCE... …

MANEKA GANDHI: Veganism as political movement is the only way to combat Carnism

MANEKA GANDHI: 'Veganism must become a political movement. At the moment it is nowhere near that, anywhere in the world. And the fault lies with vegans themselves. What is the current state? capitalism has made it easy for every human to literally eat up the world. Every animal species, every forest, every ore in the ground, every fish in the sea, has been turned into trivial things to fuel insatiable greed. As soon as one species becomes extinct we find another one. Our oceans are now full of jellyfish who have filled the emptiness caused by taking a billion fish out of the ocean every…

New York State Makes Plant-Based Hospital Meals the Law

BUSINESS WIRE: 'The Physicians Committee—a nonprofit with more than 12,000 doctor members—applauds New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for signing into law a landmark bill that guarantees hospital patients a healthful plant-based option at every meal. Bill S1471A/A4072... requires hospitals in New York to make available upon request plant-based meals and snacks containing no animal products or by-products that are nutritionally equivalent to other menu items. The bill also requires hospitals to list the plant-based options on all written materials and menus. "By making plant-based meals the law in…

How Veganism Helps Humanity

MACKEN MURPHY: 'Vegans are accused of being misanthropic so often that it’s practically part of the lifestyle. By caring about animals, one inadvertently volunteers to be criticized for failing to care sufficiently about humans. Of course, these critiques aren’t particularly well-grounded: Animal rights proponents are more likely than others to advocate for human rights, vegans score higher on EQ assessments than non-vegans, and brain fMRI research has shown that vegans have stronger neural empathy responses than meat-eaters when presented with images of human suffering. By every available…