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THE LAMB OF GOD: Can you be a good Christian and eat meat?

DW: On the outskirts of Münster lies the Institute for Theological Zoology. It is run by... Rainer Hagencord and is home to several animals, including two donkeys called Frederik and Fridolin. People who come here get to hear the Gospel and connect with the animals at the same time. According to Rainer Hagencord, this experience is crucial to his work because it allows his flock to reconnect with nature and God — a presence that he says has been all but lost amid the countless factory farms and meat processing plants that dominate this region... Rainer Hagencord is a Catholic priest based in…

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…

Pizza Hut become first national pizza company to offer plant-based meat pizza coast-to-coast

PR NEWSWIRE: Pizza Hut – in partnership with plant-based leader Beyond Meat – is the first national pizza company to bring a plant-based meat pizza to the masses with the nationwide launch of new Beyond Pan Pizzas, the Beyond Italian Sausage Pizza and the Great Beyond Pizza. This first-in the-category national launch makes plant-based meat pizzas more widely available to pizza lovers everywhere, giving consumers more choices and even more reasons to love Pizza Hut. Packed with the bold flavor and savory satisfaction you'd expect in traditional Italian sausage, the plant-based Beyond Italian…

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…

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…

‘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…

UN report says up to 850,000 animal viruses could be caught by humans, unless we protect nature

KATIE WOOLASTON: Human damage to biodiversity is leading us into a pandemic era. The virus that causes COVID-19, for example, is linked to similar viruses in bats, which may have been passed to humans via pangolins or another species. Environmental destruction such as land clearing, deforestation, climate change, intense agriculture and the wildlife trade is putting humans into closer contact with wildlife. Animals carry microbes that can be transferred to people during these encounters. A major report recently released says up to 850,000 undiscovered viruses which could be transferred to…

STUDY: Replacing Just 10% of Animal Ag With Plant-Based Would Save Land Equivalent to Size of Germany

VEGCONOMIST: A study commissioned by Blue Horizon with PWC reveals that if 10% of the global animal market was replaced by plant-based products, by 2030 we could save CO2 emissions equivalent to 2.7 billion trees – an area of land bigger than Germany, and enough water for everyone in the state of New York for five years. The environmental footprint of beef mince production is most striking: the impact of alternative protein is 15x lower than conventionally farmed beef... The environmental footprint of plant-based alternatives has proved to be significantly lower than their animal…