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UNSUSTAINABLE HYPOCRISY: United Nations now says livestock-based diets key to tackling global malnutrition crisis

HUAXIA: Sustainable consumption of livestock-based diets including meat, eggs, and milk should be prioritized in order to combat malnutrition affecting pregnant mothers and children in low-income countries, UN Nutrition said in a new report launched in Nairobi... Titled "Livestock-Derived Foods and Sustainable Healthy Diets," the report says that resource-constrained households should be encouraged to consume animal-based proteins in order to reduce undernourishment and stunting... It says that plant-based diets alone are not enough to eliminate the global malnutrition crisis, which…

WICKED TRANSGRESSIONS: What the COVID-19 crisis is telling humanity

DAVID O. WIEBERS & VALERY L. FEGIN: The world is enveloped in a global health emergency that is exacting enormous medical and economic tolls upon humanity... The medical community finds itself on the front lines throughout the world dealing with the immediate human health consequences of this rapidly evolving crisis and trying to develop therapies and vaccines, as countries and their leaders attempt to mitigate the overwhelming societal and economic devastations that are unfolding... Yet, in the midst of all of the pandemonium and destruction, and as we begin to find our way through…

STUDY: Future pandemic? Consider altering animal agriculture practices

GISELE GALOUSTIAN: As early as the Neolithic period (circa 3900 BC), the domestication of animals likely led to the development of diseases including measles and smallpox. Since then, zoonotic disease has led to other major transnational outbreaks including HIV, Ebola, SARS, MERS, and H1N1 swine flu, among others. Currently, more than half of all existing human pathogens, and almost three-quarters of emerging infectious diseases, are zoonotic in nature. COVID-19 is the latest and most impactful zoonotic event of the modern era, but it will certainly not be the last. Given the breadth of…

Veganism in the workplace: How businesses are embracing eco-conscious workers

SUZANNE BEARNE: Two years ago, Manick Bhan decided to introduce a vegan food policy at his SEO and digital agency LinkGraph. Company-catered events became fully vegan while employees could only expense plant-based food when traveling with work. Bhan said he introduced the policy shortly after watching Dominion, a movie about animal food production, which pushed him from a pescatarian lifestyle to veganism. “I felt the importance of removing support for factory farming from all aspects of my life, including the business I was building,” he said. LinkGraph also provides free vegan snacks…

THE PAIN ON OUR PLATE: Britain’s ‘feel good’ action plan for animal welfare

GEORGE DVORSKY: The UK is implementing a series of new measures to improve the welfare of animals (Action Plan for Animal Welfare), both at home and abroad... A series of proposed laws to protect pets, farm animals, and endangered species will be considered in the coming months. Under the new plan, cats must be microchipped and ivory and shark fins will be made illegal. The government is even considering a ban on foie gras, among many other measures... Some of the reforms, such as recognizing animals as sentient beings and banning the import of hunting trophies, are a step in the right…

MILITANT VEGANISM: British soldiers moan about a lack of plant-based options in the Armed Forces

WILLIAM COLE: Soldiers are complaining about a lack of vegan options for meals - and even uniforms - in the Armed Forces, a charity has claimed. Plant-based servicemen and women claim they are having to purchase their own 'vegan leather' Doc Marten boots because they refuse to wear the commissioned cow-hide clobber. Some troops complained about having to opt for vegetarianism because cutting out all animal products while serving was 'too hard'... The Vegan Society ... said they have 'dealt first-hand' with complaints from vegans serving across the Army and the RAF. The soldiers and airmen…

A RECIPE FOR THE FUTURE: The Surprising World of Corporate ‘Meat Reduction’ Strategies

SAMI GROVER: The website Epicurious recently made a bold and somewhat surprising announcement: The Condé Nast-owned cooking platform is going to stop publishing any new recipes featuring beef. This is, Epicurious admitted, not a silver bullet. It also acknowledged some readers wouldn’t be happy. But in a move that was no doubt intended to pre-empt the inevitable pro-beef backlash, the site pointed out the shift actually happened some time ago. The editors at Epicurious explained: “In a food system so broken, almost no choice is perfect. And yet we know that home cooks want to do better. We…

Why Near-Monopolies In Plant-Based Meat Aren’t Such A Bad Thing

BRIAN KATEMAN: A Few brands have risen to prominence as quickly or completely as Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods have. In the last five or so years, these companies have taken plant-based meat analogs from the vegetarian niche to center stage. Their vegan patties and other products are sold in grocery stores across the country — not just big cities and college towns — and are now available at several fast food restaurant chains like Burger King and Del Taco. Some people point to the rapid success of these companies — as well as longstanding leaders MorningStar Farms and Gardein — as…

Joaquin Phoenix: Documentary Gunda ‘Isn’t vegan propaganda. It’s just facts.’

MARK OLSEN: As he made his way through the pre-pandemic awards season last year, picking up trophies for his performance in “Joker,” actor Joaquin Phoenix gave an increasingly powerful series of speeches. Phoenix seemed to recognize the influence of the platform he was being given on some of the world’s most celebrated stages, and he made the most of it with a string of moving and emotional statements — addressing representation and inclusion at the BAFTAs and conveying a moving message at the Oscars for animal rights. Filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky did not see Phoenix’s speech that night, but…

IT’S A KILLER: Scientists have linked the consumption of any form of red meat with a decline in heart function

JONATHAN CHADWICK: UK scientists have linked the consumption of any form of red meat – such as beef, lamb and pork – with a decline in heart function. The researchers, who studied nearly 20,000 individuals, found that greater intake of red and processed meat was linked with a decline in three different measures of heart health... There is some evidence that red meat alters the gut microbiome, leading to higher levels of certain metabolites in the blood, which have in turn been linked to greater risk of heart disease... Red meat consumption has already been linked to heart disease – the…