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YOU’RE MEAT: Scientists have created an edible steak made from human cells

IAIN LEGGAT: Made by a group of American scientists, the Ouroboros Steak could, in theory, be grown by the diner in the comfort of their home, using their own cells, which are harvested from inside of the cheek. The steaks are then fed serum, derived from expired, donated blood... The prototypes were created without causing any harm to animals - something the creators are hoping makes a statement about the growing selection of cultured meat made from animal cells. The meat industry is becoming increasingly reliant on fetal bovine serum (FBS), which is a protein rich growth liquid for cell…

SEE NO EVIL: Veganism IS The Green Revolution, UK’s Boris Johnson must realise that

CLAIRE HAMLETT: Laying out his 10-point, £12 billion plan for Britain’s “green industrial revolution” in the Financial Times, Boris Johnson described a future filled with electric cars, carbon capture and storage technology, wind turbines and hydrogen-powered ships. This vision is heavy on the “industrial” and light on the “green”. What green there is may be undermined by other major sources of carbon emissions and environmental degradation in the UK, which are left unaddressed in the plan. Public transport will run on clean fuel, new cycle lanes will be built, and more low-traffic…

THE WHEAT AND THE CHAFF: Will ‘Vegans’ take the Coronavirus vaccine?

CHAS NEWKEY-BURDEN: The hunt for a coronavirus vaccine has been horrendous for some animals. As part of the drive to save human lives, thousands of cheeky monkeys, ferrets, cats, mice and hamsters have been deliberately infected and experimented on in labs. Pfizer and BioNTech, the big pharma companies behind the vaccine that caused excitement yesterday, have treated monkeys and mice with contempt. While their human researchers have been protected with elaborate PPE, the animals in their care have been trapped and deliberately infected. Some were injected with an inoculation first and some…

JUST LIKE US: ‘Gunda’, Joaquin Phoenix’s new ground-breaking animal rights documentary

JUDE DRY: Gunda is an experimental black-and-white film about the life of farm animals that took this year’s Berlin Film Festival by storm. “Gunda” is the latest in a trilogy of nature films from Russian documentary auteur Victor Kossakovsky, whose 2018 film “Aquarela” broke technological barriers to examine water in various shapes around the world. After viewing an early cut of “Gunda,” Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix was so moved by the film that he came on as an executive producer. Phoenix has a long history of advocating for animal rights and related issues (including in his 2020 Academy…

THE FOUL TRUTH: Officials to investigate CCTV from duck slaughterhouse after animal rights group’s video exposed horror scenes

SOPHIE TANNO: Food standards chiefs are to investigate Britain's largest duck producer after alarming footage appeared to show 'cruel treatment' of birds destined for Christmas dinner tables. Undercover footage taken inside the slaughterhouse of Gressingham Duck, based in Redgrave, Suffolk, was taken by animal rights campaigners at the end of September. The company kills around eight million ducks a year and supplies Red Tractor Assured duck to Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Tesco, Co-Op, ASDA and Morrisons. Animal rights campaigners have accused the company of breaching of fifteen EU, UK…

Bruce Friedrich: Will plant-based meat become the new fast food?

NEIL KING: McDonald’s introduction of the "McPlant" product line is further proof that meat alternatives are here to stay. But can they really replace meat in the long run? Bruce Friedrich is the founder and executive director of the Good Food Institute (GFI), an international non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., that strives for alternatives to conventional agriculture products. DW's environment podcast team "On the Green Fence" spoke with Bruce about the future of food as part of a series on meat consumption: DW: What, in your opinion, is wrong with eating meat? Industrial…

BLOOD LUST: Pigs blood is being turned into protein powder by Danish scientists

MAEVE CAMPBELL: Danish researchers are turning pigs’ blood into a source of protein powder to be added to food... A team at the University of Copenhagen thinks it could act as a sustainable source of protein for humans. Currently, 60,000 tons of pig's blood is left over from pork production in Denmark and the majority is sold on the international market for animal feed. But due to its high nutritional value, at 90 per cent protein, scientists say it could be used as a supplement in a wide variety of foods instead. The protein powder the team has produced is white and neutral tasting, so it…

CARNISM: Three core myths about eating animals, and why food tech may vanquish them

SIGAL SAMUEL: In 1989, the social psychologist Melanie Joy became a vegetarian almost by accident. She ate a hamburger contaminated with campylobacter and became so ill that she couldn’t stomach the idea of eating meat again. So she set about learning new ways to cook for a meatless diet, reading cookbooks and doing research. In the process, she started to learn about the suffering of non-human animals, the suffering of workers on factory farms, and the environmental toll exacted by animal agriculture. This new knowledge shocked her. “But what shocked me in some ways even more than what I…

PICK YOUR POISON: Canada reports first case of rare H1N2 Swine Flu, as UK detects another bird flu outbreak

TOMMY BEER: Canada's first case of a rare swine flu variant, Influenza A (H1N2)v, has been detected in a patient from central Alberta, but health officials say it is an isolated case, that there is "no evidence at this time that the virus has spread further" and that it presents no increased risk to Albertans... At a press conference on Wednesday, Dr. Hinshaw said health officials had launched an investigation to determine the source of the virus... According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, three main influenza A virus subtypes have been isolated in pigs in the United…

‘The conditions are catastrophic’: Inside Germany’s factory farms

DW: From cramming livestock together in crates to needlessly brutal methods of slaughter, the factory farming industry has repeatedly been accused of engaging in animal abuse for the sake of profit. Yet, it remains incredibly difficult for journalists to gain access to slaughterhouses and verify these claims. To get a clearer picture of what actually goes on inside factory farms, DW spoke with someone who knows the industry better than most — retired butcher and food inspector Franz Voll. Parts of this interview are included in DW's environment podcast On The Green Fence... He has written…