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VEGAN TRENDS: Why sustainable consumption will be the new post-coronavirus normal

PI DATAMETRICS: While the world is now preoccupied with the global Covid-19 pandemic, one trend was beginning to emerge from the new year before anyone knew what the coronavirus was: eco-conscious and sustainable consumption... According to Statista, electric car sales surged 220pc from Q1 2010 to Q4 2019 and Booking.com noted Gen Zers say the environmental impact that travelling has is an important factor when deciding where to go. With those key pieces of information in mind, let us see what the top eco-conscious and sustainability trends were going into 2020. With ingredients such as…

REPORT: Meat alternatives and food subsidies could help ‘millions of people lose weight’ in the UK

FRAZER MAUDE: Subsidies for healthy food, plain packaging for unhealthy food, and more research into meat alternatives could help the UK's obesity crisis, according to a new report. The report - Turning The Tables - by social policy think-tank Demos, found that too many people face "significant barriers to eating healthy diets". The report recommends: A government fund for the development of lab-grown meat or meat alternatives, and subsidising healthy foods that are already low in price, such as tinned tomatoes, carrots, and frozen vegetables to make healthy options much cheaper... The…

British police record 172 Vegan ‘hate crimes’ in past five years, after winning same legal protections as religion

GEORGIA SIMCOX: Vegan crimes are rising in Britain as more people choose to follow Veganism, prompting calls for the attacks to be given a special status... 172 crimes relating to Veganism happened over the past five years, with just nine in 2015 rising to 55 last year... Last year, 1.16 per cent of the population, 600,000 people, were vegan according to surveys by Ipsos Mori. It quadrupled from 150,000 in 2014... It comes after vegan Jordi Casamitjana won a landmark case after his lawyers argued that ethical Veganism satisfies the tests required for it to be a philosophical or religious…

IT’S NOT FOR DINNER: The World Is Finally Losing Its Taste for Meat

NATHANIAL BULLARD: Global consumption of animal proteins has been rising, apparently inexorably, for the past six decades. The coronavirus pandemic has finally changed that trajectory. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that meat production—a decent proxy for consumption—dropped in 2019, and it forecasts a decline again this year. Last year was only the second since 1961 in which production fell; two consecutive years of decline is unprecedented and could be the start of something durable. We’re already at peak pasture as far as demand is concerned, and it…

Food giants appointing teams to focus on plant-based products

FMCG NEWS GLOBAL: Forty percent of "leading" food firms, including Kroger, Tesco, Nestle and Unilever, now have dedicated teams focused on plant-based products, according to new research from collaborative investor network the FAIRR Initiative... FAIRR's research found that two in five global food giants with combined annual revenues of $459bn now have dedicated teams to develop and sell plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy, with Tesco and Unilever ranked top... The figures were published following a four-year investor engagement programme between the FAIRR Initiative and 25 large…

STUDY: Targeting the conscious mind to reduce demand for meat

MIA RISHEL: Encouraging people to reduce their meat intake poses its own challenges, but a growing body of research is providing insight into the most effective ways of doing so. In this study, a group of researchers reviewed contemporary literature on interventions targeted at “conscious determinants” of behavior; in other words, the conscious system of learning and memory used to explain and predict our behavior... The review included over 25,000 observations of individuals or individual meat purchases and looked at self-monitoring and various educational interventions connecting meat…

U.S dietary guideline committee blasted for ignoring health risks of dairy

MARIA CHIORANDO: A cornerstone nutritional report which will inform the next five years of federal dietary guidance has been criticized for failing to warn against the dangers of dairy consumption. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee's (DGAC) scientific report, which was compiled the Committee's 20 health expert members, reviews the latest dietary and nutrition research. It will be used by the USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. While the report was praised for recommending that Americans should opt for…

British company offering meat lovers £2,000 to go vegan for a month

LIZZIE THOMSON: Would some extra cash persuade you to change your eating habits? A company is offering to pay meat lovers £2,000 each to go vegan for a month. Research agency VeganLiftz has revealed it’s looking to recruit three meat eaters who are willing to go plant-based for a month, to highlight the benefits of a vegan diet. Anyone interested needs to live in Newcastle, Glasgow, Birmingham, Liverpool or London – as these cities have been found to have the most meat-eaters... Jason Hughes, founder of VeganLiftz.com, said: ‘Our main aim at VeganLiftz.com is to debunk any myths out there…

‘It’s bull—-’: Impossible CEO on critics who say plant-based meat is unhealthy

JADE SCIPIONI: What does the founder and CEO of Impossible Foods have to say to critics who say his and other plant-based burgers are really just vegan junk food? “It’s bulls----,” Pat Brown tells CNBC Make It. Impossible Foods, along with Beyond Meat and other plant-based meat competitors, tout their products as healthy alternatives to animal protein. And people are eating it up, literally — according to new data from Nielsen, sales of plant-based meat alternatives have grown nearly 25% from July 11, 2019 to July 11, 2020, bringing in roughly $601.4 million in sales during that period. But…

Beyond Meat Releases New High-Protein, Low-Fat Burger

AVI NATAN: Beyond Meat has announced a new veggie burger which will be produced locally in Canada. Made with simple, plant-based ingredients without GMOs, the Beyond Burger is designed to meet, if not exceed, the nutritional profile of its animal protein equivalent- and boasts 35% less saturated fat. The California-based vegan brand says that its newest burger offers 20g of protein derived from “simple, plant-based ingredients like peas, mung beans, and rice, and features marbling made from cocoa butter that is designed to melt and tenderize like beef"... Beyond Meat CEO Ethan Brown said,…