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Antibiotic use on farms threatens pandemic ‘much bigger than Covid’, campaigners warn

HOLLY BANCROFT: Overuse of antibiotics on farm animals could lead to a pandemic “much bigger than Covid,” campaigners have warned. Health experts are calling for a ban on the use of low doses of antibiotics on healthy farm animals, saying the practice was breeding untreatable “superbugs” which could spread to humans. Farmers often give animals a preventative low dose of antibiotics as an insurance policy against disease. But from 28 January, new EU legislation will prohibit all forms of routine antibiotic use in farming, including preventative treatments. The government’s veterinary…

Meat and dairy gobble-up farming subsidies worldwide, which is bad for you and the planet

MARCO SPRINGMANN: The global food system is in disarray. Animal agriculture is a major driver of global heating, and as many as 12 million deaths from heart disease, stroke, cancers and diabetes are each year connected to eating the wrong things, like too much red and processed meat and too few fruits and vegetables. Unless the world can slash the amount of animal products in its food system and embrace more plant-based diets, there is little chance of avoiding dangerous levels of climate change and mounting public health problems. Agricultural subsidies help prop up a food system that is…

REPORT: A third of UK consumers are willing to try lab-grown meat

FOOD STANDARDS AGENCY: A survey into public perceptions of emerging alternative proteins has revealed that a third of UK consumers would try cultured meat... It also revealed a greater number - 6 in 10 of us - are willing to try plant-based products many of which are already on the market. The Food Standards Agency research also highlights how important food safety is to consumers with it being the top factor in encouraging people to try lab-grown meat or edible insects. Assurance around food safety is already the main reason people are willing to eat plant-based proteins. The survey comes…

8 plant-based doctors we think you should follow

HAPPY COW: Are you curious about going vegan for the coming Veganuary 2022, but often feel bombarded with conflicting nutritional advice from others around you? Do you feel overwhelmed with the various streams of information available online, each one with contrasting facts? We understand that navigating this can be tricky, and that you are looking for honesty and credibility in your search. In recent years, many more doctors, dieticians, and other health professionals are starting to advocate for a plant-based diet. This is largely because of the potential health risks associated with the…

Will Tuttle: The pandemic and the goddesses of retribution

WILL TUTTLE: In ancient Greek mythology, the three Furies (the Erinyes) were goddesses of retribution who punished human beings for committing crimes against the natural order. It is long past time for us to awaken to the basic fact that our enslavement, sexual abuse, and killing of billions of cows, chickens, and other fully sentient animals is a dreadful and massive crime against them, against the Earth and the natural order, and, ultimately, against ourselves. It is time for us to realize that we are indeed being severely punished for this ongoing crime of animal agriculture. Animal…

‘QUITTING DAIRY’: Dutch animal rights group banned from saying dairy causes serious animal suffering

DUTCH NEWS: Animal legal rights campaign group Dier & Recht must remove posters saying separating a calf from its mother at birth constitutes serious animal suffering, a court in Amsterdam decided this week. The court said the campaign ‘Quitting dairy’, which shows posters of dairy products carrying a health warning similar to that on cigarettes, put farmers in a negative light, confirming an earlier lower court verdict. The animal rights group was taken to court by farmers’ organisation Agractie. Dier & Recht says the calves are isolated for weeks after the separation, causing…

NONE BUT THE BRAVE: The dangerous job of an animal agriculture undercover investigator

SHARON NUNEZ: The animal agriculture industry is cloaked in secrecy and deception, and every day Animal Equality’s brave and compassionate investigators fight back to expose the industry’s animal abuse. Our investigators face dangerous environments and risk their own safety to bring vital information about animal suffering to the public. In addition to the physical dangers, investigators are prevented from exposing farms in certain U.S. states, due to discriminatory and unconstitutional ag-gag laws that unjustly target undercover investigations. Ag-gag laws are state laws intended to…

Pigs to the Slaughter: The meat industry’s response to COVID-19 was a confluence of cruelty to animals and workers alike

LEIGHTON WOODHOUSE: On April 15, 2020, four weeks after the first American city was locked down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a gruesome experiment was performed. The experimenters filled a trailer, specially fitted with heaters capable of bringing the temperatures inside to lethal levels, with pigs, and turned the heat on. The experimenters wanted to know how long it would take for the pigs to die. The answer, for some of them, was over an hour. The test was designed to determine whether roasting pigs alive was an acceptable way to kill them. The result, for now, was no. The…

Veganuary set to pass 2 million milestone as more firms join movement

ZOE WOOD: A record number of people are expected to try to eat only plant-based foods this month as growing concern about the climate crisis heightens interest in the Veganuary movement. The global campaign is gathering momentum as more large employers promote it internally. This year, Harrods, Superdrug and Volkswagen UK are among the big names taking part in the Veganuary “workplace challenge” for the first time... Forty-two companies in the UK have signed up to the workplace challenge this year, including Marks & Spencer, the professional services firms PwC and EY, and the insurer…

Paul Shapiro: With soaring demand for meat, it’s time to fund animal-free protein research

PAUL SHAPIRO: It's no longer a secret that raising billions of animals for food is at the heart of so many of humanity's most pressing problems, from environmental degradation to pandemic risk and more. With groups like the United Nations and World Health Organization touting the benefits of shifting toward plant-based foods, it seems like there must be a role for public policy to help nudge us in the right direction. Case in point: The Netherlands, increasingly worried about the impact of its livestock sector on the Dutch environment, has hatched a 25 billion euro plan ($28 billion USD)…