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FORECAST: Will Plant-based ‘completely replace’ animal products in 15 years?

DEAN BEST: Plant-based food will "completely replace" animal products within 15 years, the founder and CEO of US meat-alternatives group Impossible Foods has forecast. Speaking to CNBC after Impossible Foods announced a listing with coffee-shop giant Starbucks in the US, Pat Brown set out his projection for the growth of the plant-based sector, which is rapidly expanding in a number of markets. "From a nutritional standpoint, our products match the protein quality and content of the animal products that they replace," Brown told the business broadcaster. This is why I think people are…

OZO: New Plant-Based Meat Line Giving Away One Million Vegan Burgers in a Van Tour

THE BEET: Looking to meet your new favorite plant-based burger? Enter: OZO, a new collection of vegan burgers and ground “meat” products from Planterra Foods. Now, the brand behind the “beef,” Planterra Foods will be dispatching a specially-equipped fleet of OZO vans to head to curbsides around the country to distribute freshly-cooked, individually-wrapped plant-based burgers for vegans and the vegan-curious alike to enjoy nationwide. Sampling vans began their journeys earlier this month with stops in Denver, Boulder, Detroit, Chicago, and Los Angeles, followed by Seattle and Portland, in…

LIVE FOR LESS: Veganism proves affordable choice

ELENA ORDE: Lockdown has been a time of introspection for many – especially if you’ve been furloughed or have less work coming in. There is now an almost unprecedented amount of time for reflection – on the state of the world, on our own personal choices, and on the kind of future we’d like to be a part of. One of the apparent results of this introspection has been an increase in public interest in vegan diets. Mintel’s report found that a quarter of 21 to 30-year-olds say the idea of going vegan has become more appealing to them since the pandemic started... Despite an obvious surge in…

SURVEY: Plant-based wins out over meat-free and vegan claims

SAM DANLEY: Transparency and highlighting plant ingredient inclusion is more likely to win over consumers than meat-free or vegan claims, according to GlobalData. The data and analytics company found 71% of global consumers said plant-based claims are somewhat or very appealing, compared to 42% for meat-free and 39% for vegan. The reason may be due to the association between plant-based claims and health and wellness attributes... While vegans comprise only a small portion of the global population, plant-based claims have positive connotations for flexitarians and low-meat dieters, who may…

Very Good Butchers: World’s Second Plant-Based IPO Sees Shares Increase by 790% in First Week of Trading

VEGCONOMIST: Following the success of Beyond Meat’s IPO last year, The Very Good Food Company (VGF) was the second plant-based company to successfully launch onto the stock market when it began trade began under the ticker “VERY” on 18th June. Investor Eat Beyond Global Holdings has announced it has already seen a 790% increase in share price. Global Newswire reports that Eat Beyond’s investment in VGF was at a price of $0.25 per Common Share. The Common Shares were listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange on June 16, 2020 and commenced trading at market open on June 18, 2020. By June 22,…

YOUR ‘WET’ MARKET: How people across the world are consuming ‘weird’ animal ingredients and loving it

VAISHALI DAR: The idea of consuming creepy creatures might be upsetting to some, but there are many beauty rituals that use bizarre animal ingredients. Think snails crawling on your face, fish pedicure, bird poop facial, snake or snail massage, and leech and urine therapy. Then there are the cosmetics we use. Women love to pose for selfies with a close up of their puckered lips, but how many know that some lipsticks and blushers have cochineal dye, which is collected from crushed cochineal beetles? The insects feed on cactus plants in Central and South America and the females eat the red…

China Vowed to Keep Wildlife Off the Menu, a Tough Promise to Keep

STEVEN LEE MYERS: China has been lauded for suspending the wildlife trade, but the move has left millions of workers... in the lurch. Their economic fate, along with major loopholes in the government’s restrictions, are threatening to undermine China’s pledge to impose a permanent ban. China’s legislature, the National People’s Congress, adjourned its annual session late last month without adopting new laws that would end the trade. Instead, the congress issued a directive to study the enforcement of current rules as it drafts legislation, a process that could take a year or more. The delay…

STUDY: 56% of wild animals in Vietnam’s restaurants have a coronavirus

PAULA FROELICH: A new report has found an alarmingly high rate of coronaviruses in wildlife about to be served at restaurants in Vietnam. While the country is looking to stop importing imperiled animals to eat, it has yet to do so, and there are still “wildlife restaurants” that have rats, bats, civet cats, snakes, bear, monkeys and pangolins on the menu. In a study that appears in the pre-print journal bioRxiv, researchers found 56 percent of wild rats were infected with a coronavirus by the time they were ready to be served at restaurants — double from when the animals were first caught.…

FOR THE ANIMALS: Animal rights activist killed by truck while holding vigil outside Ontario slaughterhouse

CANADIAN PRESS: A long-time animal rights activist, died after being hit by a truck while protesting outside a slaughterhouse west of Toronto on Friday, her friend said. Anita Krajnc, co-founder of the group Toronto Pig Save, said the woman was one of a handful of activists with her organization holding vigil outside a pork processing plant in Burlington, Ont., on Friday. "She was in front of the truck when it ran over her," said Krajnc, who wasn't at the vigil, but relayed what one of the witnesses saw... Halton police said they received a call around 10:20 a.m. about a pedestrian who had…

BEGINNING OF THE END: Is factory farming’s neck on the chopping block?

CRISPIN ANDREWS: Criticism of factory farming has grown since the pandemic began, and not just because it’s cruel to keep thousands of animals in tiny confined spaces, without space to move or fresh air to breathe, pumped full of antibiotics to keep them alive... Two out of every three of the 70 billion farm animals killed for food each year are farmed industrially in factory farms... Professor Lars Angenent, an environ­mental scientist at the University of Tubingen, also points out unhygienic conditions for workers in slaughterhouses, the amount of fossil fuels, phosphorus and water used…