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STUDY: Vegan diet reduces insulin requirements for Type 1 Diabetes

NEWS MEDICAL: A low-fat vegan diet rich in fruits, vegetables, grains, and beans reduces insulin needs and improves insulin sensitivity and glycemic control in people with type 1 diabetes, according to a first-of-its-kind study by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine published in Clinical Diabetes. The study also found that a vegan diet led to improvements in cholesterol levels, kidney function, and weight... In the 12-week study, which is the first randomized clinical trial to look at a vegan diet in people with type 1 diabetes, 58 adults with type 1 diabetes were randomly…

‘All Shall Be Revealed’: Unveiling the vegan ‘way’ of the Essenes/Nazarenes

SUPREME MASTER TELEVISION: The Essenes were one of the main religious sects in first century Palestine. Members wore white and followed a vegetarian diet. According to the 4th century church historian, Epiphanius, and Jewish philosopher Philo, the Essenes were Jews who kept all the Jewish observances, but were nonviolent toward all living creatures and considered it unlawful to eat meat or make sacrifices with animals. As a member of this group, Jesus would have to have been a vegetarian, as was His brother James (Jacob) and all His disciples. The main Essene scripture is the Gospel of the…

Communicating Veganism: Challenges to mainstreaming its ideas across society

NOAH J. WESCOMBE: Veganism, as both a philosophy and social movement, faces numerous challenges to the communication of its ideas across society. As a unique modern counterculture, it stands in contravention of prevailing anthropological discourses that dominate conceptual frameworks. This has led to difficulty in constructing updated virtue epistemologies that result in veganism as a logical moral conclusion. It is clear that new social discourses need developing, and that this is a primary concern for affirming moral agency... An optimal, up-to-date approach to communicating veganism is…

‘Minnesota’s Alt-Meat Revolution’: Pioneer PBS to air documentary on March 21, 2024

PIONEER PBS: In 2020, Minneapolis-based PURIS, the largest processor of pea protein in North America, opened a plant in Dawson. For the past year, Pioneer PBS’ public affairs program Compass has been exploring what the growing popularity of plant-based proteins has meant for Dawson. As consumer demand for plant-based alternatives to meat grows, so does the demand for new methods of farming and food production. What impact will it have on the residents of Dawson and the surrounding rural communities? “Minnesota’s Alt-Meat Revolution” will air on Pioneer PBS on Thursday, March 21 at 9…

STUDY: Competitive ‘price, taste, and convenience’ of plant-based meat would not currently replace meat

JACOB R. PEACOCK: Animal welfare, environmental, and public health advocates believe plant-based meats present a valuable opportunity to mitigate significant negative externalities of industrial animal agriculture, like animal suffering, greenhouse gas emissions, and antimicrobial resistance... The private and public sectors have taken note as well; in 2022, the “plant-based meat, seafood, eggs, and dairy companies” foods industry attracted at least 1.2 billion in private investment activity and at least 874 million in public funding... This enthusiasm has been propelled in some significant…

‘Bezos Earth Fund’: Jeff Bezos is investing $60M in plant-based meat research

ALEXANDRA TREMAYNE-PENGELLY: The Bezos Earth Fund, a philanthropic organization launched by billionaire Jeff Bezos in 2020, is ramping up its commitment to food system transformations with a $60 million investment in alternative protein. The funds will establish the Bezos Centers for Sustainable Protein, a series of research centers focused on boosting the quality and nutritional benefits of sustainable protein products. The initiative also aims to enhance the flavor and texture of alternative meat, in addition to bringing down prices—two challenges alternative meat startups have had to…

‘I Could Never Go Vegan’: Documentary exploring objections to veganism release date announced

THE UP COMING: Dartmouth Films has set 19th April 2024 as the release date for the insightful and provocative documentary 'I Could Never Go Vegan' across the UK and Ireland. Directed by Thomas Pickering and featuring executive producers, including the well-known actress and vegan advocate Alicia Silverstone, the film embarks on a comprehensive journey to dissect the numerous objections that people have towards adopting a vegan lifestyle. Despite the rising trend of veganism, the documentary delves into the reasons why the majority are hesitant to reduce their consumption of animal products.…

PAY-TO-SAY: Animal agriculture’s secret weapons — ‘expert’ academics

GEORGINA GUSTIN: When researchers at the United Nations published a bombshell report in 2006 called “Livestock’s Long Shadow,” the livestock industry soon realized it had a major public relations challenge on its hands. Media outlets around the world covered the report and its main findings: Livestock are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions that need to be reined in, and cutting emissions from the industry should become a focus of public policy, on par with cutting emissions from fossil fuels. It was the first time such a high-level report had come to this conclusion. In the…

‘Not Hot Dog’: Oscar Mayer to launch vegan hot dogs

ANAY MRIDUL: Chicago-based meat company Oscar Mayer, a subsidiary of Kraft Heinz, is launching a line of plant-based hot dogs, as part of an ongoing collaboration with NotCo. They will debut at Expo West next week. The two-year-old joint venture between Kraft Heinz and Chilean food tech company NotCo is launching its first plant-based meat product range: a vegan hot dog under the former’s Oscar Mayer brand. The NotHotDogs and NotSausages, which will be previewed at the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim (March 12-16), mark Oscar Mayer’s first foray into plant-based meat, and the fourth…

Animal Cruelty Out, Mushrooms In: These farmers are leaving factory farming behind

WHITNEY BAUCK: Some farmers have turned from livestock to crops to avoid the financial pitfalls and thorny ethics of industrial agriculture... Farmer Tom Lim had been raising poultry for 20 years when the company he worked for as a contractor terminated him without warning, leaving him saddled with debt and unsure of where to turn. “My heart just dropped,” he said. “I didn’t know where to make money to pay off our loans"... Lim is one of a number of farmers transitioning away from industrial animal agriculture in favor growing vegetables and mushrooms. Though Lim’s contract ending forced…