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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…

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’…

Scientists Are Literally Spinning Up Lab-Grown Meat Like Cotton Candy

MATT SIMON: 'Harvard researchers have taken inspiration from a cotton candy machine to develop a kind of meat scaffold made of thin strands of gelatin that mimic muscle fibers, on which animals cells grow. It’s a step toward steaks, chicken breasts, and pulled pork grown in a factory instead of a field—but before you get too hungry, understand that it’ll be quite some time before slabs of lab-grown meat land on your plate... A cotton candy machine... works by heating sugar in a container and spinning it at high speed, flinging the sugar out and crystalizing it into strands, which form into…

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.…

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…

Israel steps closer to winning the race to serve cultured meat

CHASE PURDY: 'In the edible space race to bring cell-cultured meat to market, Israel just stepped up its game. Israeli startup Future Meat Technologies this month announced its plan to build the world’s first pilot production facility for growing cultured meat, a signal of just how close scientists and entrepreneurs are to getting a product into consumers’ hands. Yaakov Nahmias, founder of the company, says it plans to break ground on the facility in coming months, making history just south of Tel Aviv, in a relatively small Israeli city called Rehovot. In 2014, Nahmias won the Rappaport…

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…

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…