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SECOND THOUGHTS: Italy rethinking its plant-based meat labelling ban

ANAY MRIDUL: It’s been an eventful few months for Italy and its adventures with alternative protein. In November, it became the first country to ban cultivated meat, citing health reasons, a risk to the country’s tradition, and a need to safeguard the livestock industry. However, this wasn’t the only ban introduced by Italy, with another legislation going slightly under the radar. As part of the cultivated meat legislation, the country also prohibited the use of meat-related terms like ‘steak’ and ‘salami’ on the product packaging of plant-based meat, which alternative protein think tank…

‘Christspiracy’: Documentary set for release in over 600 movie theaters around the world

POLLY FOREMAN: Christspiracy will be screened in over 600 movie theaters around the world on March 20th and March 24th in all of the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and parts of Germany, Switzerland, and Austria... Tickets available now at Christspiracy.com ... Christspiracy caused a huge stir when it was first announced last year, and people around the world have been waiting in anticipation for news of its release date... The film comes from Kip Andersen, the maker of Cowspiracy, What the Health, and Seaspiracy. He teamed up with Kameron Waters, a US-based Christian who posed…

STUDY: Replacing animal products can free up land to tap vast energy and negative emission potentials

OSCAR RUEDA: To limit global warming at 1.5°C, climate mitigation pathways project the need to remove 100–1,000 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) has been the most prominent carbon removal method considered. However, massive BECCS deployment would likely require cropland expansion to produce the biomass feedstock needed. Such an expansion may worsen biodiversity due to the loss of natural land and food and water security due to competition for land and water resources. A transition from consuming animal-source proteins to…

MILESTONE: Vegans are protected by human rights, Danish court rules

VEGETARISK FORENING: On February 8th 2024, a lower court in Denmark, the court in the city of Hjorring granted the vegan movement in Denmark a milestone win. A Danish court has now ruled that vegans are protected under Article 9 of the European Court of Human Rights. The ruling is the first of its kind in Denmark, and the Vegetarian Society of Denmark is proud to have taken this case to the courts and won. The case was about the right of vegan children in public daycare institutions to be able to eat vegan food. A Danish kindergarten (and the municipality running it) had refused to prepare…

‘Moral Impossibility’: What if veganism is not a choice

SILVIA PANIZZA: In their daily practices, many ethical vegans choose what to eat, wear, and buy among a range that is limited to the exclusion of animal products. Rather than considering and then rejecting the idea of using such products, doing so often does not occur to them as a possibility at all. In other cases, when confronted with the possibility of consuming animal products, vegans have claimed to reject it by saying that it would be impossible for them to do so. I refer to this phenomenon as ‘moral impossibility’. An analysis of moral impossibility in animal ethics shows that it…

Glenn Greenwald: The multi-pronged evils of factory farming

SYSTEM UPDATE: Glenn Greenwald interviews Wayne Hsiung (Direct Action Everywhere) and John Oberg (animal advocate) on the multi-level atrocities of industrialized factory farms, and how Washington abuses its power to protect them. VIDEO PODCAST

The animal feed industry’s impact on the planet

VICKY BOND: Take a moment to picture a farm animal enjoying dinner. Are you imagining a cow grazing on grass or perhaps a chicken pecking at the ground, foraging for seeds and insects? In today’s factory farming system, the “feed” these animals eat is far removed from their natural diets. Rather than munching on grass or insects, most animals on factory farms eat some type of animal feed—a cost-effective mixture of grains, proteins, and often the addition of antibiotics designed to make them grow as quickly as possible. The ingredients in animal feed don’t just matter to the animals’…

BEHIND THE MASK: How ‘One Health’ instrumentalizes nonhuman animals

L. SYD M JOHNSON: One Health (OH) is an approach to health that views the health of humans, nonhuman animals, and ecosystems as interconnected. Conceptually, it emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches to global health challenges. The World Health Organization notes that OH “is particularly relevant for food and water safety, nutrition, the control of zoonoses … pollution management, and combatting antimicrobial resistance.” This statement of priorities is reflected in the growing literature on OH and pandemics, wherein the emphasis has often been on nonhuman animals as vectors of disease and…

From ‘Cowspiracy’ to ‘Seaspiracy’: Discursive strategies in contemporary vegan advocacy documentaries

ENRIC BURGOS: This article offers an analysis of the discursive strategies implemented in Cowspiracy and Seaspiracy, contrasting them with those employed in other vegan advocacy documentaries, and in environmentalist documentaries in general. The first part of this analysis focused on the central role given by both films to the environmental argument in their call for a change of diet. In this sense, Cowspiracy and Seaspiracy demonstrate the position occupied by pro-vegan documentaries within environmentalist non-fiction, and both films have helped place the environmental impact of…

Communicating Vegan Utopias: The counterfactual construction of human-animal futures

MATTHEW ADAMS: There can be little doubt that industrialized animal agriculture reveals human-animal relations defined by routinized, institutionalized violence on a staggering scale. The number of animals involved is astonishing. There are an estimated 23 billion chickens on the planet at any one time, roughly three chickens for every human, by far the most numerous bird species alive today. The number slaughtered annually is estimated by the United Nations at 66 billion; compared to 1.5 billion pigs and 0.3 billion cattle. The overwhelming majority of these animals are reared and killed in…