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Mississippi Ends Ridiculous Ban On Labeling Veggie Burgers ‘Veggie Burgers’

NICK SIBILLA: 'In a win for the First Amendment, Mississippi will no longer ban plant-based food companies from labeling their products with terms like “veggie burgers” and “vegan bacon.” On Thursday, the state dropped rules that would have enforced the labeling ban, and instead replaced them with common sense. Under the new regulations now in effect, a plant-based meat alternative won’t be considered “mislabeled” if it uses an adjective like “meatless,” “plant-based,” or “vegan,” on its labeling. Previously, meatless marketers could risk fines of up to $1,000 “per offense,” even jail time.…

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…

Burger wars heat up as plant-based meat faces backlash

BETH GREENFIELD: 'Anyone who food shops or eats out, even occasionally, has likely noticed the influx of plant-based meat alternatives on the market... Now comes the backlash — led by both an aggressive ad campaign and a series of legislative efforts. “What’s hiding in your plant-based meat?” asked a full-page ad in the New York Times about the “ultra-processed imitations” filled with mysterious ingredients — to which Impossible Foods shot back “the Impossible Burger has none of the noxious slaughterhouse contaminants that can be found in almost all ground beef from cows.” Call it the…

U.S. bill calls for ‘no-meat’ labeling

NATHAN OWENS: 'A federal bill that would require that plant- and cell-based meat products be labeled as "imitation" was introduced in Washington last week. The bill has the support of farmers and ranchers. Others call it an unnecessary overreach. Plant-based foods created to look, feel and taste like beef or chicken are growing in popularity. Lawmakers have tried, and succeeded at times, to pass laws that call for producers of such products to be fined for improper labeling. Their reasoning is that shoppers are unintentionally buying meatless meats instead of the real thing... To address…

The Shadowy Beef Lobbyist Fighting Against Plant-Based Meat

MARTHA DANIEL: 'Pat Brown is on a mission to save the planet by cutting one thing from our lives: cows. The Impossible Foods CEO is determined to cut the consumption of beef to save our planet from the jaw-dropping effects of big agriculture. One obstacle standing in his way: Richard Berman, a powerful Washington lobbyist. Berman, who served as the inspiration for Nick Naylor in Thank You For Smoking, has made a name for himself going to bat for special interest groups fighting losing battles to save their image. He’s lobbied to protect things like cigarettes and high fructose corn syrup,…

Corrupt Iowa Politicians Protect Meat Industry by Criminalizing Activists

LEIGHTON AKIO WOODHOUSE: 'The meat industry depends, more than anything else, on walls. The walls of farms and slaughterhouses prevent consumers from seeing what the production of their food really looks like. They prevent journalists and activists from exposing unethical, even criminal acts within. They enable corporations to paint happy, bucolic pictures of their operations that bear no resemblance to the reality of modern-day factory farming. To get inside those walls, over the last two decades, dozens of activists have gone undercover, finding employment on factory farms and wearing…

Meat industry sues California for animal protection ‘overreach’

JONATHAN STEMPEL: 'California was sued by the largest U.S. trade group for meat packers and processors, which wants to block enforcement of a voter-approved measure requiring farmers to provide more space for animals being raised for food. The North American Meat Institute, whose members include processors such as Tyson Foods and retailers including Walmart, said enforcing Proposition 12 would hurt producers and consumers by significantly increasing their costs. It also said the measure, which passed last November with 63% of the vote, was an “overreach” that violated the U.S.…

Vegan parents will sue UK government for discrimination over nurseries only offering cow’s milk

LORRAINE KING: 'Vegan campaigners are threatening to sue the UK government if they fail to introduce a plant-based drink in the Nursery Milk Scheme. Under the scheme, children under the age of five who attend nursery are entitled to a third of a pint of cow's milk every day for free. The Vegan Society claims the scheme is unfair as it does not include alternatives to cow milk. Legal advisors working for charity say that the Government is failing in its duty to the 2010 Equality Act. In a letter to the Government, the charity demanded that alternative is offered otherwise they could take…

Germany’s considering a new tax on meat — but is it a model for ‘green’ American politicians?

ELIZA RELMAN: 'Germany has one of the highest rates of vegetarianism and veganism in the Western world. The ethical eating movement has picked up steam in recent years and is increasingly tied to the movement against climate change... But Germans — like Americans — still consume way more meat than what's considered healthy or sustainable for the planet... So politicians are now considering raising taxes on meat products. The goal is to improve animal welfare by using the revenue to help farmers upgrade their facilities, and to fight climate change and boost Germans' health by incentivizing…

Veggie burgers caught in a war over the future of meat

LAURA REILEY: 'For decades veggie burgers were the token offering to vegans at the backyard barbecue... But as plant-based meat goes from an afterthought to a financial juggernaut that aims to change how most people eat, the opposition has suddenly awakened: Many of the country's 800,000 cattle ranchers have declared war on newcomers Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat, which use technology to make products that hew closely to the taste and texture of meat, and now "first-generation" veggie burgers and similar products are caught in the crossfire... In 2019, officials in nearly 30 states have…