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This Entrepreneur Is Selling Plant-Based Foods in the World’s Number 1 Meat-Eating Country

NAOMI XU ELEGANT: 'China consumes more meat than any other single country. It accounts for a quarter of global meat consumption and half of all global pork consumption, an ominous stat as African swine fever ravages the country’s pork production capabilities. Now, as the environmental costs of meat-eating have revealed themselves and plant-based alternatives like Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat are gaining mainstream popularity, some entrepreneurs are looking to convince China’s consumers to make the switch from animal to plant. “China already has a long history of plant-based food,” says…

Veganism in the UK has quadrupled in four years – but what’s behind it?

FRANCESCA SPECTER: 'Not so long ago, vegan eaters were far and few between. Figures show there were 250,000 vegans in 2006 – just 0.25% of the UK population at the time... Now, the landscape has changed drastically, and seemingly overnight. In just a four year period, the number of vegans in the UK has increased fourfold, quadrupling from 150,000 vegans (0.25% of the population) in 2014 to 600,000 (1.16%) in 2018. Eateries which may once have posed a problem for vegan eaters, such as burger chain McDonalds and pub franchise Wetherspoons (celebrated for its hearty meat pies and bangers n’…

Mississippi Ends Ridiculous Ban On Labeling Veggie Burgers ‘Veggie Burgers’

NICK SIBILLA: 'In a win for the First Amendment, Mississippi will no longer ban plant-based food companies from labeling their products with terms like “veggie burgers” and “vegan bacon.” On Thursday, the state dropped rules that would have enforced the labeling ban, and instead replaced them with common sense. Under the new regulations now in effect, a plant-based meat alternative won’t be considered “mislabeled” if it uses an adjective like “meatless,” “plant-based,” or “vegan,” on its labeling. Previously, meatless marketers could risk fines of up to $1,000 “per offense,” even jail time.…

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE: Going vegan in your seventies could ward off disease

ALEXANDRA THOMPSON: 'People in their seventies may benefit from going vegan, an expert has said. Professor John Mathers from Newcastle University claims swapping meat and dairy for a plant-based diet helps “feed” the “good bacteria” in our gut. These bugs typically decline with age as the gut barrier becomes “leakier”, allowing substances from the digestive tract to enter the bloodstream. This may trigger inflammation, which has been linked to everything from dementia and heart disease to cancer. Speaking at the House of Lords, the professor of nutrition said: “A plant-based diet may be…

One-fifth of Britons call themselves ‘flexitarian’, as sales of meat-free food sky rockets

RAVEN SAUNT: 'Sales of meat-free foods have rocketed after middle-class shoppers cut down on animal-based products in their diet. British supermarkets saw a rise of 18 per cent in meat-free food sales over the past year and the sector is now estimated to be worth a £474.5million. But the rise has actually been caused by non-vegetarians. Only three per cent of the population would describe themselves as vegan which means they do not eat any food that comes from animals, including eggs and cheese. Instead, 21 per cent are flexitarian and so enjoy a mostly vegetarian diet but do occasionally…

THE GREEN NEW ‘DIET’: Why the UK Should Adopt a Plant-Based Food System

MATTHEW ZAMPA: 'The UK’s food and farming systems are in crisis. For years, climate groups and scientists around the world have called for a plant-based food system to avert climate breakdown. When will the government act?... The Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affair (DEFRA)... DEFRA is the UK’s chief government body supporting the animal farming industry... The Department announced that it will be conducting an independent review of the future of the country’s food system as part of a National Food Strategy – a strategy that has not been updated in 75 years... To bring…

RESEARCH: Growing Meat in a Lab Using Scaffolding Made with Gelatin Shown to Work

KNVUL SHEIKH: 'The alt-meat industry has created quite a sizzle, promising delicious burgers, steaks and even sushi that is grown from animal cells in the lab. But most cellular agriculture still looks like mush. The manufacturing process — which starts with animal muscle and fat grown from stem cells in petri dishes — is fine for making burgers, but it fails to provide the kind of texture needed for more substantial cuts of meat, like steaks. Scientists at Harvard University reported that they had found a way to more closely mimic the form and flavor of real meat, by growing the muscle…

STUDY: Americans, especially millennials, are embracing plant-based meat products

S. KIRSHENBAUM & D. BUHLER: 'Sheril Kirshenbaum, an associate research scientist at Michigan State University, and Douglas Buhler, the Director of AgBioResearch and Assistant Vice President of Research and Innovation at Michigan State University, surveyed respondents on their meat alternative perspectives. The results of their biannual, nationally representative survey of over 2,100 people suggest perspectives on meat alternatives are shifting rapidly. In February 2018, 48% of respondents said they were unlikely to "purchase foods that look and taste identical to meat, but are based on…

The new makers of plant-based meat. Big meat companies?

DAVID YAFFE-BELLANY: 'With plant-based burgers, sausages and chicken increasingly popular and available in fast-food restaurants and grocery stores across the United States, a new group of companies has started making meatless meat: the food conglomerates and meat producers that Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods originally set out to disrupt. In recent months, major food companies like Tyson, Smithfield, Perdue, Hormel and Nestlé have rolled out their own meat alternatives, filling supermarket shelves with plant-based burgers, meatballs and chicken nuggets. Once largely the domain of vegans…

Dunkin’ and Beyond Meat are partnering for the biggest launch yet of a plant-based ‘meat’ product

IRENE JIANG: 'On November 6, the Beyond Sausage Sandwich is coming to Dunkin' locations around the nation, the chain announced... Dunkin' will be the largest fast-food chain to offer a plant-based "meat" option nationwide, making this rollout the biggest launch yet of a plant-based meat alternative. The Beyond Sausage Sandwich features a Beyond Meat breakfast patty, American cheese, an egg, and an English muffin... The chain decided to move up its planned January launch of the product to November after early market testing exceeded expectations. Dunkin' began testing the Beyond Sausage…