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EU Climate Change Board: ‘Shift subsidies away from animal agriculture, encourage plant-based diets’

VEGCONOMIST: The European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change has released a report outlining several recommendations for addressing the climate crisis, including shifting subsidies away from animal agriculture. The authors say that the common agricultural policy (CAP) “should be better aligned with EU goals”. This could include “shifting CAP support away from emission-intensive agricultural practices, including livestock production”, instead prioritising lower-emissions products and other environmental policies. Furthermore, the report recommends measures to “encourage healthier,…

ALTERED STATES: Has veganism truly hit the mainstream?

HOLLY YOUNG: Veganism, once seen as a fringe lifestyle choice, appears to be occupying an increasingly bigger place in Western mainstream culture. Veganuary, a UK nonprofit..., has seen engagement in their challenge to go vegan in January rapidly rise - last year over 700,000 signed up from every country besides North Korea. Germany, where the number of vegans has almost doubled since 2016, leads global Google searches for veganism, followed by the UK and Austria. This growing appetite has made veganism a booming multi-billion-dollar industry: There are more and more plant-based products on…

STUDY: Motives for veganism and the influence of social media

LISA HORN: Veganism is a lifestyle choice and movement that is becoming increasingly popular, especially with the use of social media. The number of persons deciding to go vegan is growing and the decision itself is being influenced by several factors... This article focuses on the reasons consumers follow a vegan lifestyle and deals with the research question “Why do people go vegan?”... Whether they are intrinsic or extrinsic, the aim of this study was to identify which are the most common motives when it comes to this decision. Another objective was to analyze the influence of social…

‘Substitarians’: Swiss consumers regularly substitute plant-based alternatives to meat, dairy and fish

ANAY MRIDUL: A new survey by Coop Switzerland has revealed that over half of Swiss consumers have eaten plant-based alternatives to meat, dairy and seafood – a demographic it labels ‘substitarians’ – while nearly six in 10 are reducing their consumption of animal-source foods, making it a country centred around flexitarians. Swiss retail and wholesale giant Coop Switzerland has unveiled a 2,221-person survey exploring the consumption habits of the country’s population, which found that meat consumption has declined, while a subcategory of consumers called ‘substitarians’ – or those who eat…

STUDY: Switching to a vegan diet could save England’s health system £6.7 billion per year

MARIA CHIORANDO: The new analysis, by the Office of Health Economics, demonstrates how the 100 per cent adoption of a vegan diet could save this huge sum of money through the reduction of disease... The study used an economic model-based analysis to show that with 100 per cent adoption of plant-based diets in England, the total health care cost savings for the NHS could be around £6.7 billion... ‘every 1 million people who switch to a healthy vegan diet would generate an estimated £121 million of health care cost savings’... According to the statement, authors Nadine Henderson and Chris…

Veganuary Turns 10: How plant-based foods took over Europe

AMBER LOUISE BRYCE: In 2014, UK-based businessman Matthew Glover and his partner Jane Land, a former English teacher, founded Veganuary, a yearly January challenge hoping to encourage people to give up - or at least reduce - their consumption of animal products for “a greener planet, lower food bills, better health and kindness to animals.” The initiative has continued to grow in popularity in recent years, establishing itself as a New Year’s resolution staple alongside the likes of drinking less alcohol or losing weight. In 2023, more than 700,000 people signed up from across every country…

‘All Illusions Must Be Broken’: Documentary probes mankind’s capacity for violence

STEVEN GAYDOS: “All Illusions Must Be Broken” is the third feature documentary the couple Laura Dunn and Jef Sewell has made for executive producers Robert Redford and Terrence Malick; they picked up SXSW and Nashville Fest awards for the 2016 portrait of celebrated poet Wendell Berry, “Look & See,” and the Indie Spirit Award for their 2007 environmental doc, “The Unforeseen.” For those who love documentaries filled with provocative ideas that demand engagement, “Illusions” packs a walloping punch in the face of complacency and acceptance of a global social order that remains plagued…

VEILED MEANINGS: Defending the word ‘vegan’

JORDI CASAMITJANA: In a broad context, a defender is a person who defends a particular thing or being that has been criticised or questioned, and who does so by arguing or acting in support of that thing or being. So, especially with my writing, I defend any group from the Animal Kingdom that has been unfairly criticised, disrespected, devalued, discriminated against, or misunderstood. This means that I used arguments and narratives to help change prejudicial perceptions about them and show the world how unfairly they have been treated. Part of such defending I have done with data, facts,…

‘The Pig That Therefore I Am’: Visual art and animal activism

ELIZABETH CHERRY: How does visual art affect the work of social movements? In her photography series “The Pig That Therefore I Am,” artist Miru Kim photographs her nude body alongside pigs in factory farms and in farm sanctuaries. Kim explains the intention of her photographs is to explore the linkages between inner and outer worlds through an exploration of skin, but we can also understand her work as interrogating industrial animal agriculture practices and, ultimately, the human–animal divide... Kim’s work, and several other visual artists’ work, mirrors the work of animal rights…

‘Conservation’ Paradox: Where are the vegan conservationists?

MICHAEL BURROWS: The scientists, government officials, and activists that make up the fields of conservation and wildlife management govern many important aspects of our society’s relationship with the natural world – yet vegan ethics are virtually nowhere to be seen. There is much need for vegans to engage with our relationship with wild lands and the animals living on them, because the principles that vegans live by could push conservation in a new and more principled direction. By influencing them with the ethical principles that vegans live by, we can help advocate for an end to the…