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‘THINK LIKE A VEGAN’: The broad relevance of vegan ethics in everyday life

MARC BEKOFF: A new book shows that veganism isn't a radical view, but rather a practical one that informs the fair and just choices people constantly make... The book by Emilia Leese and Eva Charalambides titled Think Like a Vegan: What Everyone Can Learn From Vegan Ethics, clearly shows that veganism is not a "radical" view, but rather informs the choices we make in numerous situations including politics, law, meal plans (who we choose to eat), friendships, and love in which fairness and nonhuman animals (animals) are involved. Here's what they had to say to Marc Bekoff: MB: Why did you…

PLANT BASED TREATY: Global campaign launched to switch toward a plant-based economy in combating climate change

AGI KAJA: The campaign for a ‘Plant Based Treaty‘ aims to create bottom-up pressure for leaders to negotiate a global agreement to halt the impact of animal agriculture on the planet... it is a grassroots campaign designed to put food systems at the forefront of combating the climate crisis modelled on the popular Fossil Fuel Treaty... The campaign will work towards 10 million individuals, 10,000 organisations, 10,000 businesses and 50 cities to endorse the treaty by 2023, ahead of the Global Stocktake of the Paris Agreement (GST). Several high-profile celebrities have given their support…

BATTLE TASTED: Does Miyoko’s Creamery’s recent successes mark the rise of non-dairy dominance?

TYLER SILVY: She secured more than $50 million in funding to expand her plant-based dairy alternatives startup. She prevailed in a First Amendment case against state regulators, allowing her creamery to continue its dairy-centric marketing push. The dual wins for Miyoko’s Creamery owner Miyoko Schinner last month have raised the activist entrepreneur’s profile, and further cemented Schinner as a sort of North Bay poster child for the steady shift in consumer appetites for vegan and vegetarian options. The shift has made finding vegetarian and vegan food in grocery stores easier, but has…

#EndAgGag: Short film released following recent U.S. court decisions concerning Ag-Gag challenges

ALDF: The Animal Legal Defense Fund released 'The Dangers of Ag-Gag Laws', a short film narrated by actress and star... Edie Falco. The film urges action on Ag-Gag laws, which seek to “gag” would-be whistleblowers and undercover investigators by punishing them for recording footage of what goes on in animal agriculture. The 13-minute film uncovers how Ag-Gag laws flout the First Amendment and conceal pollution, food safety threats, and animal cruelty... Ag-Gag laws attempt to ban, is critical to holding the industry accountable for not only the inhumane treatment of animals, but…

GUT FEELINGS: Protein digestion research findings could inspire new plant-based product development

GUAN YU LIM: Scientists have found plant-based meats are digested differently from animal-based meats in a human gut model and suggest that these findings may facilitate the formulation of a new generation of plant-based meat analogues with improved quality and nutritional attributes. Conducted by researchers from China and US, a plant-based beef and animal beef were put through a simulated gastrointestinal model, and it was found that proteins and lipids were digested differently in both products... Plant-based meat analogues are designed to mimic real meat products and are typically…

STUDY: Research shows global greenhouse gas emissions mostly from animal-based foods, higher than expected

BEN SCHEFFER: A study released from Nature Food has shown how food production plays a major role in climate change. Global greenhouse gas emissions from animal-based foods are nearly twice the level of emissions from plant-based foods, and global food production is responsible for a third of all the planet-heating gases emitted from humans. Livestock is responsible for 57% of food production emissions, compared to 29% for plant-based foods. Non-food products, like cotton and rubber, account for 14% of agricultural emissions... Beef plays a large role because raising livestock requires a…

Next Food Frontier: Fish made from plants, or in a lab

MIKE IVES: Plant-based products have been breaking into the foodie mainstream in the United States, after years in which vegan burgers and milk alternatives hovered on the market’s periphery... Now, as sophisticated fish alternatives begin to attract investment and land at restaurants in the U.S. and beyond, people who track the fishless fish sector say that it could be on the cusp of significant growth. One reason, they say, is that consumers in rich countries are becoming more aware of the seafood industry’s environmental problems, including overfishing and the health risks of some…

COP-OUT: Why Won’t COP26 Take Animal Agriculture Seriously?

KAT SMITH: On November 1, COP26, the United Nations’ annual climate change conference, will kick off in Glasgow. Over the course of 12 days, the conference will unite nations, businesses, and citizens alike to discuss one of the most urgent issues facing the planet: climate change. In 2015 at COP21, the Paris Agreement—a commitment from countries across the globe to take action to limit global warming—was born. As part of the agreement, countries agreed that every five years they would come back with an updated plan reflecting how they will lower their carbon emissions... Commitments have…

STUDY: Plant-based meat alternatives shown to promote ‘positive changes’ in gut microbiome

OLIVER MORRISON: Popular products such as plant-based mince, burgers, sausages and meatballs, are often perceived as low-quality, ultra-processed foods, and is one factor believed to holding back this sector’s development​ from passing trend into one firmly established in the mainstream. But a team of researchers argues that the mere industrial processing of ingredients of plant origin does not make these products ultra-processed by default. They studied the changes to the gut microbiota of a group of 20 participants who replaced several meat-based meals per week with meat alternatives over…

REPORT: Twenty meat and dairy companies emit more greenhouse gas than Germany, Britain or France

SOPHIE KEVANY: Twenty livestock companies are responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than either Germany, Britain or France – and are receiving billions of dollars in financial backing to do so, according to a new report by environmental campaigners. Raising livestock contributes significantly to carbon emissions, with animal agriculture accounting for 14.5% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Scientific reports have found that rich countries need huge reductions in meat and dairy consumption to tackle the climate emergency. Between 2015 and 2020, global meat and dairy companies…