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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…

The moral market: How a rise in ethical consumption pushed veganism mainstream

ROSHINI NAIR: 'Abstaining from meat has a long, rich history, with roots in world religions like Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Today, in light of the growing climate crisis, vegetarian and vegan diets have gained new currency as the ethical choice by animal rights activists and environmentalists as a way to protest factory farming conditions and the industry's carbon footprint. "People choose to make ethical consumption decisions most closely related to a desire to reduce their impact on the environment," said Emily Kennedy, a professor of sociology at the University of British Columbia,…

The village that’s been vegan for 50 years

ABIGAIL KLEIN LEICHMAN: Everyone knows that Tel Aviv is the vegan capital of Israel, right? After all, it’s home to scores of vegan restaurants and many of the 5 percent of Israelis who eat a plant-based diet. Well, here’s a surprise: Long before you could get veggie shawarma in Tel Aviv, a community in the desert town of Dimona pioneered the vegan lifestyle in Israel. They’re called the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem and they live in a compound called Neve Shalom (Village of Peace). The original 138 members of the community, mostly natives of Chicago, arrived in Israel in 1969. “We…

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’…

Why do people hate vegans? They can’t stand the truth.

GEORGE REYNOLDS: 'Once a niche interest group parodied in TV shows such as The Simpsons (in which a character describes himself as a “level five vegan” who refuses to eat anything that casts a shadow), in the past two years, vegans have been thrust into the limelight. A philosophy rooted in non-aggression has found itself at the heart of some of the most virulent arguments on social media. In November 2018, Good Morning Britain hosted a debate titled “Do people hate vegans?”; the political website Vox tackled the question in even more direct fashion a week later, asking: “Why do people hate…

How to go vegan: Six influencer’s tips on plant-based mistakes they made and how to avoid them

LAUREN JAMES: 'November is World Vegan Month. As more people are spurred to change their eating habits in the wake of the top-selling documentary The Game Changers, popular proponents of plant-based eating – who avoid meat, dairy and animal-derived foods – share tips on getting the most benefits from the switch. From athletes and models to restaurateurs, popular proponents of plant-based eating share tips on getting the most benefits from the switch. Mistakes they made include not planning ahead, consuming too much protein, and eating too many processed meat substitutes'. SOURCE... RELATED…

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…

CLIMATE EMERGENCY: Scientists urge people to eat less meat. A ‘meat tax’ will do it.

SABRINA BARR: 'Scientists are imploring members of the public to eat less meat as they warn that the world is facing a climate emergency. In a paper published today in journal BioScience, a global team of scientists have declared a climate emergency, detailing six areas of action they say must be addressed that can help slow down the impact of climate change. The paper, which features more than 11,000 scientist signatories from 153 countries, was authored by scientists from the University of Sydney, Oregon State University, the University of Cape Town and Tufts University. The team of…

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…