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Plant-Based Cheese Is Finally Undergoing A Revolution

BRIAN KATEMAN: 'According to The Good Food Institute, SPINS retail sales data released this past July showed that grocery sales of plant-based foods that directly replace animal products grew 31% in the past two years to reach $4.5 billion. Plant-based milk was the most developed of all plant-based categories, accounting for 13% of all dollar sales of retail milk, followed by “other plant-based dairy.” But within that category, one sector seems to be lagging behind: plant-based cheese. Although dollar sales of plant-based cheese grew 19% in the past year and 69% over the past two years, it…

Lab-grown food will soon destroy farming and save the planet

GEORGE MONBIOT: 'We are on the cusp of the biggest economic transformation, of any kind, for 200 years. While arguments rage about plant- versus meat-based diets, new technologies will soon make them irrelevant. Before long, most of our food will come neither from animals nor plants, but from unicellular life. After 12,000 years of feeding humankind, all farming except fruit and veg production is likely to be replaced by ferming: brewing microbes through precision fermentation. This means multiplying particular micro-organisms, to produce particular products, in factories... It comes in the…

MEAT THE RESISTANCE: Most meat-eaters know Veganism is ethical and good for the environment but remain indifferent

VENESSA CHALMERS: 'Most meat eaters admit Veganism is ethical and good for the environment, a survey has revealed. But University of Bath experts found lovers of bacon, pork and steak also fear a plant-based diet would taste bland. Results of the poll of 1,000 meat-loving Britons showed 70 per cent thought a vegan diet was sustainable and ethical. The study, which comes while many will be attempting 'Veganuary', also revealed half of Brits believed it was healthy. However, they are clearly put off by a diet without animal produce, with half rating the food as tasteless. Although veganism…

STUDY: Veganuary could save a million animals in one month

DAN WHITEHEAD: 'A vegan charity which encourages people to stop eating meat in January says more than one million animals could be saved throughout the month. Veganuary estimates that 350,000 people will attempt a vegan diet in January 2020, in what is the seventh year of the challenge. The organisation also claims the environmental impact of so many people going vegan will be significant. James Poore, an environmental researcher at the University of Oxford, produced the figures. He said: "We calculated the environmental impacts of the current diet and the vegan diet for every country…

STUDY: Animal Agriculture Costs More In Health Damage Than It Contributes To The Economy

JEFF MCMAHON: 'U.S. farms cost the economy more in health and environmental damage than they contribute to the economy, according to a recent study in the Publication of the National Academy of the Sciences. For 20 economic sectors, the study compares the cost of premature deaths from particulate air pollution to the value added to the economy. Farms performed worst, driven down by animal agriculture. “At the margin, we're seeing that the damages from air pollution provided by farms are larger than the marginal value that the farms provide in economic terms,” said co-author Inês M.L.…

REPORT: What Will Happen to the Cultured Meat Industry in 2020?

MICHAEL DENT: 'Will the hamburgers of the future be made from animal cells grown in a lab instead of inside a cow? Cultured meat, also known as "cell-based" or "clean" meat, could soon be making its way to our dinner plates, completely bypassing the need for animal slaughter and overcoming some of the major environmental issues that currently plague the global agriculture industry. Even though no products have yet been released and there are major challenges with cost, regulation and scale up, the industry is growing rapidly, with investment reaching a new high in 2019. The recent IDTechEx…

Beyond the Slaughterhouse: A look at a new industry working to produce real meat without killing animals

KAREN DAWN: 'Last year in Berkeley, The Good Food Conference buzzed about the incredibly meat-like Beyond and Impossible Burgers that were just hitting the market. That Berkeley buzz became a Wall Street cacophony a few months later in May 2019, when Beyond Meat went public and became the “biggest popping U.S. IPO” in almost two decades. This year, the buzz at the conference was about cell-grown meat. Or cultured meat. Or clean meat. Or even micro-brewed meat... This brave new industry is still figuring out what the new meat should be called. Last year, the favored term was “clean meat,” a…

STUDY: 30% of Americans Are Willing to Consider a Meat-Free Thanksgiving

BUSINESS WIRE: 'Nearly 30% of Americans are willing to consider celebrating Thanksgiving without the turkey, or any other meat, according to new research from The Meatless Farm Co, the plant-based food company known for its meat-free burgers, ground and sausage products. The most influential factor for Americans to consider eating more meat-free meals is personal health, with almost 60% of respondents stating that health concerns over meat – or the positive health benefits of a plant-based diet – is top of mind for them. Others cited weight loss (14%), animal welfare (14%) and the…

STUDY: Impressions Matter – Promoting Veganism On A Personal Basis

OWEN ROGERS: 'Vegans and vegetarians (hereafter referred to as veg*ns) are seen by some as being overly moral, preachy, or intolerant. Regardless of how much merit such a judgment might have, it’s something many advocates take seriously. This has led to many people living a meat-free lifestyle to concern themselves with how they come across to omnivores, and prioritize conflict avoidance. In this study, a psychology researcher asked several veg*ns to describe how they perceive and interact with non-veg*ns. All 26 participants in the study were recruited from various veg*n groups on…

The race for alternatives to animal-based protein: How Israel can lead the race the food of the future

NIR GOLDSTEIN: 'The vegan idea of avoiding consumption of animals and their products has existed in the world for over 1,000 years. Israel, you’ll be surprised to learn, is considered the world’s vegan capital, with some 5% of the general population vegans and another about 8% vegetarians. The reasons for the shift to veganism are varied and include other considerations beyond concern for animals. It begins with greenhouse gas emissions at a rate of over 15% (more than all the motorized vehicles in the world together), via the realization that this is a terrible waste of assets – to produce…