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Plant-based menu items are infiltrating fast food, and meat-eaters are all over them

ANNA KEEVE: Fast-food giants might be the last you'd expect to cater to plant-based eaters. Their businesses are centered around the very antithesis of vegan food: animal-based meat and dairy, made fast and made cheap. But over the last few years, fast-food joints have been making a concerted effort to add meat-free, plant-based, and vegan options to their menus. But the people actually opting for those menu items may surprise you. Carl's Jr. has the Beyond Famous Star burger made with Beyond Meat. Burger King offers its Impossible Whopper, made with the infamous "bleeding" Impossible…

PLANT THE FUTURE: The ‘Healthy Future Students and Earth Act’ provides for healthy and cruelty-free food choices

ALDF: An estimated 9 billion land animals are raised and killed for food every year in the United States – many are subjected to immense cruelty. Whether motivated by concern for animals, the environment, or health, more and more consumers are choosing plant-based products.Students should have that choice too. The Healthy Future Students and Earth Act (H.R. 4108) would help address this problem by providing voluntary grant funding to schools, enabling them to expand access to healthy, plant-based, environmentally friendlier food choices in school meals. Because the factory farming industry…

BEING VEGAN: Five ways going vegan could change your social life, not just your health

CATHERINE OLIVER: Beyond the well-documented health and environmental benefits, going vegan can also affect our social relationships... According to recently published research of 16 vegans interviewed in Britain about how veganism changed their lives, vegans are constantly finding that their new lifestyle choices can clash with their life before veganism – especially in social interactions. Here are five ways this manifests: 1. Your veganism might be dismissed as a ‘fad’. Veganism challenges the commonly held idea that a healthy diet requires animal proteins. When people go vegan, their…

OPEN LETTER: 50 Presidents urged to introduce or raise taxes on meat and dairy in their countries ahead of climate event

VEGAN MAGAZINE: ProVeg International is one of more than 80 organizations who have co-signed an open letter urging the 50 countries that eat the most meat to raise prices for meat and dairy and reduce prices for fruit and vegetables. The open letter has been co-signed by organizations representing over 5,000 companies, investors, banks, farmers, and youth and food organizations in 100 countries, as well as by NGOs working on issues around animal welfare, climate, environment, nature, and public health. The letter will be presented to world leaders at the United Nations Food Systems Summit…

‘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…

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…