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Saving Earth: Is veganism good for the planet? Here’s why the solution is not that simple – MEAWW

Planet Earth is in dire need of solutions. Astronomer Carl Sagan once said that we have a responsibility "to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known." Our campaign Saving Earth focuses on nature and wildlife conservation and this column will feature stories on the pressing needs of our planet and hopefulness of our fight.

While the fossil fuel industry takes a chunk of the rap for its carbon footprint, meat and dairy industries aren't far behind. In fact, scientists say that avoiding meat and dairy is the single biggest way the average person can contribute to the fight against anthropogenic climate change. Meat production is the primary source of methane emissions a greenhouse gas 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period and beef cattle produced over 70 percent of it via enteric fermentation (belching and farting) in 2016. Dairy production accounted for another 25 percent that year.

A 2018reportfrom the EPA found that methane emissions from beef cattle increased in the United States by nearly 2 percent between 1990 and 2016, driven in part by increases in the cattle population.Animal-based foods tend to have a higher footprint than plant-based. Lamb and cheese both emit more than 20 kilograms CO2-equivalents per kilogram. Poultry and pork have lower footprints but are still higher than most plant-based foods, at 6 and 7 kg CO2-equivalents, respectively.

Most greenhouse gas emissions result from land-use change and from processes at the farm stage. Farm-stage emissions include processes such as the application of fertilizers both organic ("manure management") and synthetic and enteric fermentation (the production of methane in the stomachs of cattle). Combined, land use and farm-stage emissions account for more than 80% of the footprint for most foods.

So, the argument for going vegan is quite clear. Veganism avoids meat and dairy and has been touted as the way to go if you want to help save the planet, in addition to getting healthier. However, veganism has its downfalls too, and what it comes to is that the unsustainable consumption of food vegan or not that needs to be addressed.

For instance, many vegan-favorite foods are not as green as one might think. Quinoa a vegan superfood that is popular in veganism is often flown halfway across the planet from where it is farmed in South America. The carbon footprint from that air travel is often more than eating meat that is locally sourced. Delicate fruits like blueberries and strawberries, for example, are often imported to Europe and the US by air to fill gaps left when local fruits are out of season.

Research by Angelina Frankowska, who studies sustainability at the University of Manchester, recently found that asparagus eaten in the UK has the highest carbon footprint compared to any other vegetable eaten in the country, with 5.3kg of carbon dioxide being produced for every kilogram of asparagus, mainly because it is imported by air from Peru.

Another vegan favorite is the avocado it is a versatile fruit that can be used in toasts, milkshakes and salads, to name a few. However, avocado production has an emissions footprint of 846.36g CO2, almost twice the size of one kilo of bananas (480g). This is because of the complexities involved in growing, ripening and transporting the popular green fruit.

Avocados are mostly grown in the tropical southern hemisphere, in countries such as Chile, Peru, or South Africa, and need to be imported to the countries in the global north, where avocado consumption is popular. They also use huge amounts of water in production. A single mature tree in California, for example, needs up to 209 liters (46 gallons) every day in the summer more than what is needed to fill a large bathtub. In some areas, like Peru and Chile, the growing demand for the crop has led toillegal extraction from riversand has been blamed for anincreasing water-shortage crisis.

There are, of course, other factors to consider as well. Artificial fertilizers, for example, account for at least 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the industry. The production of synthetic fertilizer emits carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane into the atmosphere, while their use on fields releases nitrous oxide, another potent greenhouse gas.

Agricultural practices such as the tilling of fields also release large volumes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and help to speed up erosion.The truth, however, is that the current lifestyles and consumption rates are far too unsustainable to be good for the planet. Reducing meat consumption is certainly important to address this concern, and while going vegan might help, we need to be more mindful of choosing what we eat.

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DoorDashs Vegan Burger Orders Have Increased 443% – LIVEKINDLY

Food delivery service DoorDash has reported a major increase in vegan burger orders.

The company unveiled this years hottest food trends in its newly released DoorDash Deep Dish report.

The mid-year report outlines top takeout and cooking trends using order data from January 1 to June 30. It also used data from a national consumer survey, which polled 2,000 Americans on their eating and cooking habits during the pandemic.

Research shows demand for plant-based foods is on the rise. The survey found that those between the ages of 18 and 24 ranked plant-based foods as the most appetizing. Plant-based burgers were especially popular. The food delivery service reported a 443 percent increase in vegan burger orders this year.

According to the DoorDash Deep Dish report, food habits are changing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Twenty percent of the surveys respondents said they have seriously considered veganism. Six percent say they currently are or have been vegan in the past.

Vegetable pasta was ranked the most appetizing plant-based dish. On the contrary, tofu dishes were ranked the least appetizing.

The study also found that plant-based meat, like vegan burgers, is more popular among millennials. Those between the ages of 18 and 24 ranked plant-based meat as being more appetizing than vegetable pasta, which was more popular among other generations.

New data from the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA), released in June, backs up DoorDashs study.

PBFA is a trade organization that represents some of the biggest vegan food companies. The data, produced with retail analytics firm SPINS, found that panic-buying amid the outbreak has contributed to a surge in US vegan food sales.

In the 16 weeks leading up to April 19, sales of plant-based cheeses, meats, tofu, and tempeh outpaced all other food sales. Compared to the same time period last year, vegan food sales were up by 90 percent.

Plant-based meat sales were 50 percent higher during the peak-panic buying period compared to animal-based meat sales. Dairy-free cheese sales surged 95 percent during the same timeframe.

In a statement, Julie Emmett, PBFAs senior director of retail partnerships, said the data proves consumers are increasingly turning to plant-based food options.

Even after the highest panic-buying period, plant-based foods growth remains strong, proving that this industry has staying power, she said.

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Why beef producers should listen to vegan opinions – Farm Weekly

ON the back of radical protests, private property trespassing and the controversial online mapping of animal production operations in Australia, mainstream media dubbed 2019 'The Year of the Vegan'.

Come a global health pandemic and the significant gains in influence the anti-meat agenda had secured appear to have taken a setback. As mince became scarce in panic buying sprees, plant-based products went out of date on shelves and marketing experts noted actions speak louder than rhetoric.

Still, no one believes veganism is dead in the water and indeed the time may well be ripe for finding common ground.

Researcher Erin Stranks firmly believes there are shared values between vegans and livestock producers and a far better way forward than the antagonism that was in full flight last year.

Honours student at Charles Sturt University's School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences in Wagga Wagga Erin Stranks outlined her research into vegan culture at the Graham Centre Livestock Forum today.

An honours student at Charles Sturt University's School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences in Wagga Wagga, she has designed qualitative research investigating the shared, and opposed, values and the possibility of collaboration to achieve common goals.

Speaking at the 2020 Graham Centre Livestock Forum, held virtually today, Ms Stranks said when she tells people her area of research, she is immediately asked if she is a vegan.

Her answer: "I'm a keen omnivore with a curious nature" and therein lies a key element to the veganism movement that livestock producers should take on board.

Consumer curiosity around how, by whom, and where food is produced is opening doors for vegan culture to challenge views around consumption of meat and the use of animal products.

By understanding vegan culture, and the shifts around meat consumption that are taking place among consumers, livestock producers can facilitate positive and productive conversations for change and innovation, Ms Stranks said.

Her research is still in an early stage but she says she can already see overlaps in values between the two seemingly polarised positions - in animal welfare concern, a want for progress and innovative and a lessening environmental impact, for example.

Why should producers listen to vegan opinions?

Major consumer insight work has shown that one in 10 Australians are reducing their meat intake, led by baby boomers aged 56 to -76, Ms Stranks said.

"Economically, the plant based industry in Australia grossed $150m last year and is expected to increase to $3b by 2030. By comparison, the livestock industry grossed $66b and provided employment to 400,000.

"While the plant-based industry has less of an economic significance, there is clearly an increase in monetary value awarded to these foods by consumers."

It is for this crucial reason the Australian livestock industry must not remain ignorant towards vegan culture - their entire livelihood rests on consumer preference, according to Ms Stranks.

"Livestock producers are relying on social licence, which is the approval from consumers to operate," she said.

"When veganism's social licence increases, livestock producers' decreases.

"My research of literature is showing that involving all stakeholders in conversations around animal welfare can increase the social licence of producers.

"Understanding vegan views might be key to sustainability of the livestock industry."

Data will be collected via an online survey which explores attitudes, ethics and morals surrounding animal welfare.

To take part, head here.

From new market opportunities for dairy bobby calves to the economics of feeding cull cows and from lessons learned on containment feeding to bovine respiratory disease, the online Graham Centre Livestock Forum was information-intensive and comprehensive. Stayed tuned to Farmonline for more reports.

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Veganism doesnt need to break the bank, says food blogger – Food For Mzansi

For some, the thought of going vegan or vegetarian leaves them in an utter frenzy. Meat is the staple of most households and while it might even save them a couple of rands, some people are still put off at the idea of ultimately opting for a plant-based and meat-free lifestyle.

The stereotypes around veganism are that it is a bland and expensive lifestyle to maintain, says Cape Town-based food blogger Anda Mtshemla (24). But she has made it her mission to dispel the uninformed myths associated with the widely revered dietary option.

She says the reality is actually the complete opposite to the myths. There is so much variety and many combinations and flavours in vegan foods. That is what inspired me to start my blog.

RECIPE: Vegan umfino with rosemary garlic mushrooms

Mtshemla is the visionary behind 24 Karrots, a blog that assists those curious about veganism with inexpensive meal options and gives much-needed education around this increasingly popular lifestyle.

Drawing much of her meal ideas and inspirations from more prominent blogs, she wants to normalize a cheaper and healthier vegan lifestyle saying, people normally view veganism as other and a weird thing.

Anda Mtshemla, a Cape Town-based blogger, went vegan at age 12. Photo: Supplied

Good food is often the thing that brings South Africans together. Who does not like a nice lamb tjop that comes from the heart of the Karoo? Slaughtering and eating meat together forms a fundamental part of our African culture. So, this will obviously make it more difficult for some to opt for a plant-based diet.

Mtshemla was born in Johannesburg and she spent most of her upbringing in the City of Gold. She now spends most of her time between Cape Town and East London. When she is with her family, they all enjoy a vegan lifestyle, she says. My parents respect my lifestyle and they, too, mostly eat vegan when I am home.

She decided to become vegan at the age of twelve after watching a documentary with gruesome imagery of the violence that animals endured in slaughterhouses. After watching that documentary, I decided I wanted to be a vegetarian. Eight years later, I decided to finally become vegan, and I have not looked back since, the food blogger says.

So far, some of her career highlights as a foodie include working with The Fry Family Food Company, a vegan foods company for which she produced vegan recipes. She also promoted the work and campaigns run by Veganuary, a British non-profit organisation that promotes veganism for the month of January.

People normally view veganism as other and a weird thing.

While some people might want to try out a vegan lifestyle, the cost associated with adopting this lifestyle is often off-putting.

Veganism can definitely be expensive, Mtshemla explains. When she goes restaurants, the vegan option of an otherwise animal product does bite at the wallet sometimes. But if you take it to basics and take it back to whole foods such as lentils, beans and rice, these are the cheaper foods. Vegetables and fruits are cheaper options, she says, for those starting a vegan diet.

Much of the food that we consume nowadays is highly processed and full of preservatives. Mtshemla believes that if you opt for an inexpensive vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, you will feel much better.

Do everything from your perspective and bring your unique point of view.

You stay fuller for longer, because you are not eating something that is packed with sugar and corn syrup.

Mtshemla believes that a vegan diet is healthier than an omnivorous diet, given that it is lower in salt and cholesterol and high in fiber. A study also found that people who eat vegan and vegetarian have a lower risk of heart disease, but a higher risk of a stroke, most likely due to lack of vitamin B12.

While people might think it is a good idea to entirely chuck out their meat at once to go completely vegan, Mtshemla advises against this.

The 24 Karrots blogger believes the vegan lifestyle is magic for the body. Photo: Supplied

It should be a gradual process, otherwise it wont work. Remember, you are introducing new foods and you do not know how your body is going to react. It might be difficult to adjust to everything all at once. She also recommends that you keep your cooking routine, but just substitute all of the ingredients with a vegan alternative.

She encourages people to finish what is in their fridge and replace it with a vegan alternative. Finish your dairy milk in the refrigerator and replace it with soy or almond milk. If your mayonnaise is finished, replace it with a vegan option.

If you have your hopes up for becoming a vegan food blogger or home chef, Mtshemla emphasizes that you need to remain authentic to yourself and what your brand is about. Do everything from your perspective and bring your unique point of view thats really what is going to make you stand out, she says.

Mtshemla says that although she is not sure where she sees 24 Karrots going (I am an Aries and not great at planning,), she does have high hopes that her brand becomes a household South African name and a go-to for those wanting try out a vegan lifestyle.

RECIPE: Vegan umfino with rosemary garlic mushrooms

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The Revolutionary Potential of Vegan Politics – Sentient Media

Veganism is more than a dietits a political framework that challenges us to reexamine our relationship with gender, sexuality, and power in our everyday lives.

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Veganism is more than a dietits a political framework that challenges us to reexamine our relationship with gender, sexuality, and power in our everyday lives.

In April, a month into the COVID-19 epidemic, I was back in my hometown in Morgantown, WV. Baltimore, the city where I was living before the pandemic hit, had completely shut down. I had been onboarded remotely for my new job in animal law, and my partner and I had just split up, so I came back home to the mountains. My co-edited collection, Queer and Trans Voices: Achieving Liberation Through Consistent Anti-Oppression, was published during this precarious time, despite the uncertainty we were and still are facing. In this collection, queer vegans were asked to explore the interconnections between their identitiesbeing LGBTQIA+ and veganand how they impacted the way they walked through the world. Being in my childhood home when this anthology was released pushed me to interrogate my own identities and how being vegan had impacted my gender, sexuality, and politicsand vice versa. I found that when I stand up for queer liberation, I am also standing up for animal rights. When I am fighting against speciesism, I am working towards LGBTQIA+ rights. If we do not fight for animal rights, we, LGBTQIA+ people, are supporting a system that maintains our own oppression.

As a nonbinary life-long activist, veganism is not only connected to the way I perceive and understand myself in connection to the world. It is also a political tool that directly confronts a system that marginalizes Black Brown Indigenous People of Color (BBIPOC), queer and trans people, women, disabled people, immigrant workers, and low-income individuals. My answer to this problem begins with the recognition of how cisheteropatriarchal speciesism, a system that normalizes violence towards those viewed as the Other, works to uphold structures that oppress all of us who are marginalized. Queer vegans and contributors to the collection, Queer and Trans Voices, such as Julia Feliz, LoriKim Alexander, Moe Constantine, Shiri Eisner, Leah Kirts, and Patti Nyman illustrate the potential of political veganism to create a more sustainable and equitable future.

Lets break down cisheteropatriarchal speciesismits certainly a mouthful. Heteropatriarchy is a social-political system where heterosexual men have structural power over women and gender/sexual minorities. Adding cis- to heteropatriarchy denotes that the authority of cisgender heterosexual men is also entangled with transphobia and the structural power disparity and marginalization that come with it. Speciesism is a concept that assumes human superiority over nonhumans. So, cisheteropatriarchal speciesism is a term that illustrates how these power structures are not just parallel but support and perpetuate one another. One example of cisheteropatriarchal speciesism in action is how transphobia and homophobia animalize LGBTQIA+ people as the other in addition to normalizing violence against other animals Violence towards animals is part of a system that also oppresses LGBTQIA+ people.

In Leah Kirts chapter, Toward an Anti-Carceral Queer Veganism in the collection Queer and Trans Voices, she describes growing up helping on her uncles dairy farm. She now recognizes that her uncles cruelty towards the cows mirrored his abuse and exploitation of the undocumented Mexican immigrants he employed for years in what can only be described as a form of indentured servitude. The contemporary neoliberal-capitalist food system endangers all of usthe human and the nonhuman. She contends that a queer vegan anti-capitalist and anti-carceral political framework is necessary to recognize how systems that perpetuate violence towards slaughterhouse workers and nonhuman animals in factory farms are interlinked.

Kirts comment illustrated that veganism is more than a dietit is a political framework that informs activist praxis and challenges hegemonic power structures. She contends that:

Its crucial to think of veganism not as an end unto itself but as inseparable from other political movements striving for the total liberation of all marginalized bodies such as prison abolition, Black Power, queer and trans liberation, Indigenous land rights, the labor movement, and environmental justice.

This political framework, also called consistent anti-oppression, is most impactful when aligning itself with other social justice movements, such as queer liberation, workers rights, environmental justice, animal liberation, and disability justice. Scholar-activists like Anthony Nocella, Sunaura Taylor, Carol Adams, Josephine Donovan, and Pattrice Jones have explored the interconnections between veganism/vegan scholarship and movements such as eco-ability, veg(etari)an ecofeminism, and queer veganism. At the heart of each of their arguments is that vegan politics not only connects to other social justice movements but is itself integral to dismantling systems of oppression.

Sentient Medias series, Encompass Essays, illustrates this sentiment. In the inaugural essay, writer Jasmin Singer contends that she comes to veganism with an all-encompassing, overlapping approach. Her vegan advocacy work inspired by her congruent interests in LGBTQIA+ activism and AIDS awareness. She contends that in order to work towards the liberation of one group, we must actively stand against the violence of another. In Queer and Trans Voices, Singer explores the parallels between animal rights (AR) and the LGBTQIA+ movement. She explains that the overlapping issues of structural violence affecting human and nonhuman animals, especially the connections between AR and queer liberation, has become [her] lifes anchor, and [she hopes] her lifes work.

Singers work illustrates why consistent anti-oppression work is so important. As Julia Feliz explains, to fight against speciesismwe must also fight against white supremacy, environmental climate change, capitalism, and so forth. Our movement for animal rights and towards a more ethical food system must include coalition-building. A strong vegan movement is one that is anti-racist and fights against environmental racism; it is a movement that centers the voices of queer and trans-BBIPOC. To fight for animals, we need to fight against all forms of oppression and dismantle the structures, like white supremacy and cisheteropatriarchy, that are the root of this marginalization. This goes the other way as well, my LGBTQIA+ community needs to step up and realize that speciesism impacts us as well. To fight for queer liberation, we need to include animals in our activism.

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This Company Will Pay You $2,500 to Go Vegan for 30 Days – The Beet

Remember when Justin Beiber shared rapper Riff Raff's tweet that said vegans should be given $100,000 year? Thisturned into a viral meme and people were commenting that they are willing to give up meat and dairy for the rest of their lives to cash that check. Even though none of it turned out to be true, one California-based company is offering to pay people $2,500 to go vegan for one month. Here's how you can enter.

Vegan Liftz, a community supported website that educatesanyone about the benefits of a plant-based diet, says they're paying people $2,500 to go vegan for just 30 days.

The goal is to help people who live in states that have the highest rate of meat-eaters switch over to eat plant-based for their health.VeganLiftzconducted a survey of 5,350 Americans to determine which stateshavethe most carnivores."To get maximum results, we think its important to hire people who have previously eaten a meat-heavy diet," says VeganLiftz.

If your state made the list, keep reading. Otherwise send this to a friend from one of those states, so they can do it and you guys can split the proceeds.

"We will use the three candidates' experiences to create onsite case studies, demonstrating how switching to a vegan diet can impact health and fitness, including any drawbacks.

Its important to us that these case studies are honest and relatable, so our readers can make an informed decision on whether veganism is right for them, as well as how best to implement it."

"Applicants must be aged 18 to 60 years old, have no underlying health conditions, such as diabetes, obesity, or hyperthyroidism, and are required to have eaten a meat-heavy diet consistently for at least a year prior."

"We will be selecting the three successful candidates at the end of August, with hopes of starting the study mid-September."

"If you are a self-professed meat-lover, who resides in any of the top five states, interested in applying for the role, please fill out the form below."

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Oowee: "It’s the Perfect Time to Normalise Vegan Food for Everyone and Provide it as an Option Across the UK" – vegconomist – the vegan…

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Oowee Vegan has this month opened a brand new location in Brighton, as veganism in the UK continues to gain traction. Here we get some insight into the world of vegan fast food in the UK which is so popular that the police once had to get involved to help crowd control.

When founders Charlie and Verity started out in a pop-up shop in 2016, the plantbased takeaway options became so popular that they managed to move into a tiny takeaway premises where the decision was made to focus on solely vegan offerings, and Oowee really began. Fast forward four years and the pair have locations across Bristol, London and now Brighton, with no signs of slowing down.

Can you introduce Oowee and tell us the motivation for its launch?The original Oowee began life as a small takeaway, opened off the back of the success of some food pop-ups, started by one of our founders, Verity Foss. We felt that nowhere was serving the kind of diner-style, dirty burgers with big portions that we wanted to see, and so Oowee was born. We quickly grew, and soon found that our vegan options were extremely popular, so we decided to develop this aspect of Oowee as we know vegans want to eat the kind of messy, delicious food were known for.

What differentiates Oowee from other vegan outlets, how do you stand out against any competitors?With Oowee Vegan, we really want to challenge ourselves to create the best possible meatless options we work hard on making and sourcing the best ingredients to make sure our food is delicious as possible, without ever skimping on anything just because it happens to be vegan. Our unashamedly naughty food is intended to be accessible for everyone, and I think our dedication to indulgence sets us apart from other similar restaurants.

We saw a report from April last year where Oowee was giving away free vegan Sneaky Clucker burgers in Bristols College Green, and the Police stepped in to help as demand was so high. Can you expand on this story as we love it?This was a crazy day! The event was to help celebrate Deliveroos 4th birthday. We have a great relationship with Deliveroo, so we hatched a plan to do a free burger giveaway. Little did we know that several thousand people would show up!! Police were called to ensure everyones safety and ended up helping us give out our burgers. Oowee (both Vegan and out meat-serving Diner) have an amazing, loyal fanbase in Bristol and it was amazing to see everyone come out in force it was quite overwhelming but it was great fun. It was especially good to see the story pop up on national news the next day were not ones to shy away from a bit of notoriety!

One of your diners in Bristol, North Street, has an animal meat menu as well as the vegan menu, how do sales compare between the two? Do you have any plans to remove the animal meat options eventually?We now only have one location that serves meat, and we dont currently have plans to expand this side of our business. As mentioned, we have great support for Oowee Diner within Bristol, and we work really hard on making sure our ingredients and suppliers are as high-quality as possible.

Please describe the sales figures or other motivations behind the decision to focus solely on vegan food in your new locations.We think that eating less meat is the most sustainable way of eating, which is why we decided to focus on this area of Oowee in the future. We love the vegan community, and enjoy being challenged creatively by coming up with new and exciting ideas for our menu, without using any animal products at all. Our vegan locations do very well within Bristol figures-wise, and weve actually seen an increase through lockdown, which reaffirms our choice to open more vegan locations.

Do you think of vegan as mainstream these days and how do you perceive the future of veganism?Were lucky in our hometown of Bristol, as there are lots of independent vegan restaurants and most places to eat provide several vegan/vegetarian options, and so it feels really accessible. I definitely think veganism is becoming much more mainstream, especially with young people. Its clear that there are real advantages to consuming less animal products, and I think the huge development of vegan food both in restaurants and grocery stores really helps this along. Its easier than ever to incorporate veganism into any lifestyle, and its also refreshing to see so many people try out vegan food, especially those who usually eat animal products.

We also know that following the success of your three diners in Bristol, that you have opened one in London, during the COVID restrictions tell us about your decision to proceed with the opening and how that has worked out for you.Wellit wasnt ideal! We started off early in the year with plans for opening our first permanent location in London with a bang but sadly this quickly had to change. As the fitting and building of the restaurant was underway, we decided to continue this work, with our opening plans and marketing having to change dramatically. Lots of our business is conducted via Deliveroo, so we decided during the current climate, it would still be viable to open our kitchen for delivery. So far, were doing a lot better than predicted and were really happy with how things are going. As restrictions ease and we can ensure a safe way of operating, we look forward to actually having people in the restaurant, whenever that may be!

Has COVID-19 will or has changed consumers attitudes towards eating animal meat in your first-hand experience?Weve not received this feedback directly, but I can definitely understand that the suspected origins of the pandemic make a strong case to consume less animal products and has definitely been a topic of discussion in the vegan community.

Doyouhaveanymore developmentsyoucanletusinon?This month we will be opening a Deliveroo Editions site (a delivery-only temporary location) in a city on the South coastbut thats all were saying!

WheredoyouseeOowee infiveyears?World domination!!! Were joking, but within the next five years were hoping to have several more locations across the UK to bring accessible vegan food to more places. We think its the perfect time to normalise vegan food for everyone and provide it as an option across the UK.


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Making the vegan switch to your beauty products now – The New Indian Express

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Withthe health and nutrition industry acknowledging the benefits of veganism, the beauty industry is following the route by introducing a range of vegan products. A recent study has revealed that the Vegan Cosmetics Market is anticipated to register a CAGR of 6.5 per cent during the forecasted period (2020-25).

Nearly 60 per cent of the products that we apply on the skin, seep through it. Considering that regular skincare products contain harmful chemicals like parabens, phthalates, SLS, polyethylene glycol, it is important to rethink what we are exposing our skin to, says Shankar Prasad, Founder of Plum Goodness, about skincare during monsoons, when humidity is at an all-time high.

Since vegan products are by default free from any animal byproducts or animal-derived products, and made from plant extracts. For instance, Neemli Naturals has found a botanical alternative for squalane that is extracted from sharks. This olive-based alternative in fact works better and is way more spreadable and moisturising, adds Rameshwari Seth, Cofounder, Neemli Naturals. Experts say that vegan products also reduce the risk of skin problems such as rashes, allergies, eczemas, acne, and skin inflammation. Kiko Milanos new KONSCIOUS Collection uses vegan formulas.

If you have acne-prone skin, dryness, or have allergic reactions, switching to vegan products is beneficial, adds country head Abhishek Bhattacharya. Vegan eyeliners, mascaras, lipsticks, eyeshadow palettes, are other makeup options in the market. Vegan products dont have uric acid from cows, lanolin a grease from sheeps wool and carmine a red colour from crushed insects. Moreover, these do not seem very pleasant to be applied on the skin and are brutal on the animals, adds Prasad. Animal by-products are often harsh, and clog pores and block the hair follicles.

This is especially troublesome for someone with a sensitive scalp. With vegan products, the plantbased alternatives, loaded with essential vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals, ensure gentleness and efficacy as they are in their most natural state and the easiest for your hair to absorb, adds Rohit Chawla, Founder of Bare Anatomy. Meanwhile, Prasad believes that efficacy depends on ingredients, their source, concentration, method of preparation, method of application and so on. It would be difficult to generalise, he shares.

High price

Seth is also of the view that the ingredients are much costlier and harder to get especially in terms of actives like hyaluronic acid, collagen. These are more expensive, but these are highly researched products coming with modern botanical actives that are super effective, she adds. The correlation of cost and effectiveness does not exist in our opinion, shares Supriya Arora Malik, Founder of Indulgeo Essentials. Though cost is an indicator of the quality of a product, the ingredients and formulation are far more important.

Positive impact on environment

According to a 2010 report by the United Nations Environment Programme, products containing animal extracts are a key cause of environmental problems. Prasad says, Forming new habit patterns, and choosing vegan products means co-fostering a positive impact on the environment. Choosing the vegan side means making gentler choices not just for your skin, but for the animals as well.

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Vegan vs. vegetarian: Differences, benefits, and which is …

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Vegans and vegetarians choose not to eat meat. However, veganism is stricter and also prohibits dairy, eggs, honey, and any other items that derive from animal products, such as leather and silk.

Both veganism and vegetarianism are growing in popularity. However, some people may find the differences between these two diets a little confusing, particularly as there are several variations of vegetarianism.

In this article, we explore the similarities and differences between veganism and vegetarianism. We also discuss health benefits, which diet is more healthful, which is better for weight loss, and risks and considerations.

According to the Vegetarian Society, vegetarians are people who do not eat the products or byproducts of animal slaughter.

Vegetarians do not consume:

However, many vegetarians do consume byproducts that do not involve the slaughter of animals. These include:

Vegetarians typically consume a range of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, and pulses, as well as meat substitutes that derive from these food types.

Vegetarianism is generally less strict than veganism, so there are several well-known variations of the vegetarian diet. These include:

Veganism is a stricter form of vegetarianism. Vegans avoid consuming or using any animal products or byproducts. The Vegan Society define veganism as a way of living, which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of and cruelty to animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose.

Vegans strictly avoid consuming any foods or beverages that contain:

Strict vegans also extend these principles beyond their diet and will try, where possible, to avoid any product that directly or indirectly involves the human use of animals. These products can include:

Many vegetarians also apply some of these principles to their lifestyle, for example, by avoiding leather goods and products that involve animal testing.

Scientific research suggests that vegetarian and vegan diets may offer several health benefits.

A 2017 study examined the effectiveness of a plant-based diet in 49 adults who were overweight or had obesity and also had at least one of the following conditions:

The researchers randomly assigned participants to either normal diet and care or a low fat, plant based diet program comprising low fat whole foods, which did not involve calorie counting or mandatory regular exercise. The intervention also included two 2-hour sessions each week, which provided the participants with cooking training and education by doctors. The nonintervention group did not attend any of these sessions.

At the 6-month and 12-month follow-ups, participants in the diet group had significant reductions in body mass index (BMI) and cholesterol levels compared with those in the normal care group.

A 2017 systematic review and meta-analysis found evidence to suggest that plant based diets can help lower levels of total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. The researchers did not analyze how the changes in cholesterol influenced heart disease outcomes.

Another 2016 observational study found that vegetarians living in South Asia and America were less likely to develop obesity than nonvegetarians.

A 2019 review cites evidence suggesting that plant-based diets may offer a number of cardiovascular health benefits for endurance athletes. These benefits include:

A 2019 study also found an association between a healthful plant based diet and a lower risk of developing chronic kidney disease. Interestingly, those who followed an unhealthful plant based diet with a higher proportion of sugar-sweetened foods and refined grains had a significantly higher risk of chronic kidney disease.

Both diets offer similar health benefits and generally encourage people to eat more antioxidant-rich and nutrient-dense whole foods.

It is difficult to say which diet is more healthful because both diets have advantages and disadvantages.

For example, unlike vegans, lacto-vegetarians get calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D from dairy products. However, avoiding dairy and eggs may help vegans keep their cholesterol levels down.

Vegans are also at risk for an essential omega-3 fatty acid deficiency, specifically in EPA and DHA, even if they consume plant sources of these nutrients. DHA is necessary for brain function and cognition and to avoid brain fog, memory difficulty, and more. Vegetarians and pescatarians can obtain EPA and DHA more easily from eggs and seafood.

According to a 2019 study, adults from Argentina who identified as vegan adhered more closely to a healthful vegan lifestyle than vegetarians and nonvegetarians.

The authors defined a healthful vegan lifestyle as:

However, following a plant based diet does not guarantee good health. It is still possible for vegetarians and vegans to lead unhealthful lifestyles or to eat a diet of processed junk food.

A cross-sectional study from 2006 involving 21,966 participants and a 2014 review of three prospective cohort studies involving Adventists in North America both suggest that vegans generally have a lower BMI than vegetarians and meat eaters.

A possible explanation for this trend might because vegans do not consume eggs or dairy products.

The 2006 study also found that vegans gained less weight than both vegetarians and meat eaters over 5 years. However, people who changed their diet to reduce their intake of animal products gained the least weight during the study.

In a 2018 study involving 75 adults who were overweight, researchers randomly assigned participants to either follow a low fat, vegan diet or continue their current diet, which could include animal protein. After 16 weeks, participants in the vegan group had lost significantly more fat around the abdomen than those in the control group.

According to the authors of an article in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association (now the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics), carefully planned vegetarian and vegan diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. However, it is important for vegetarians and vegans to ensure that they are eating a balanced and healthful diet that meets all of their nutritional requirements.

For example, plant-based foods do not naturally contain vitamin B-12, which is an essential mineral that supports the nervous system and cardiovascular health. Vegans and vegetarians can get vitamin B-12 from fortified foods, such as breakfast cereals and some types of plant based milk.

Vegetarians and vegans can also take vitamin B-12 supplements. However, some B-12 supplements can contain animal products, so it is important to check products labels carefully and only purchase from reputable manufacturers.

According to a 2017 study from Switzerland, some vegetarians may not get enough vitamin B-6 and niacin from their diets, while vegans may have a higher risk of zinc and omega-3 deficiency than those who eat some animal products.

A range of multivitamin supplements suitable for vegetarians and vegans are available to purchase from pharmacies, health stores, and online.

As we mentioned above, eating a plant based diet does not guarantee good health. A large 2017 study found that plant based diets consisting of unhealthful foods can increase a persons risk of coronary heart disease.

Examples of unhealthful plant foods include:

This unhealthful plant based eating often results in a lower intake of fiber, vegetables, and micronutrients alongside an increased intake of sugar and processed ingredients.

Both vegetarians and vegans choose not to eat meat and fish. However, veganism is a stricter form of vegetarianism that prohibits the consumption or use of any products that come from animals, including dairy, eggs, honey, leather goods, wool, and silk.

Vegetarians may eat dairy products, eggs, honey, and other byproducts that do not involve the slaughter of animals. However, there are several variations of the vegetarian diet. For example, some vegetarians choose to eat eggs but not dairy products.

Vegan and vegetarian diets generally include a range of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, and pulses, as well as meat substitutes that derive from these food types.

Both vegetarian and vegan diets may provide health benefits, including reduced body weight, lower cholesterol levels, and decreased risk of cardiovascular disease.

However, it is important for vegetarians and vegans to ensure that they are meeting all of their nutritional requirements. For example, plants do not naturally contain vitamin B-12, so vegans and vegetarians may need to consume fortified foods or take dietary supplements to get enough vitamin B-12.

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Veganism in Japan: "Small Vegan-Friendly Businesses are Appearing so Quickly it’s Hard to Keep Up" – vegconomist – the vegan business…

The Japan Times has recently reported a surge in plant-based and vegan-friendly food services across the country. A limited study shown by Vegewel suggests the number of vegans more than doubled from 1 % in 2017 to 2.1 % in 2019. The Vegan Society reports that in 2019 the UK had less than this figure at 1.16%.

Meat-heavy steakhouses and other eateries are becoming more vegan friendly. Smaller cafes are emerging that cater to plantbased diets and notably in vegan bakeries there has been a marked increase in veganised options; Japanese staples such as bread often contain milk powder, now being veganised, for example in the popular Shokupan bread.

Many Japanese foods might appear to be vegan; rice, vegetables and seaweed dishes are widely consumed but often contain fish powder. However, the market appears to be updating rapidly, to such a degree The Japan Times notes that small vegan-friendly businesses are appearing so quickly its hard to keep up.

The Happy Cow has 441 vegan specific eateries listed in Japan with 144 of those in Tokyo, a city which has seen a new generation of vegan bakeries and cafes arriving onto its cosmopolitan scene this spring including the 1110 Cafe and Bakery in Kawaguchi, Saitama. 1110 offers a wide selection of vegan bread including the Anpan, which is a fluffy Koppepan roll filled with rich coconut-based vegan butter and Anko (red bean). According to Japan Travel, the cafe also offers several creative to-go lunchbox options, which are all priced at 1,110 (under a euro).

According to the Japan Times, major chains are also adapting, with curry chain Coco Ichibanya adding a permanent vegan menu, as well as ramen chain Kyushu Jangara, and massive ramen provider Kagetsu Arashi temporarily brought back its veggie ramen, gyza dumplings and fried rice for the first time in six years. Also as we reported in March, Japans biggest burger chain Mos Burger added its vegan Green Burger to its menu across the country to great success.

Saiko Ohsara, owner of Universal Bakes and Cafe, stated: Although slowly, Tokyo is becoming a much more diverse place like major European capitals, New York or Melbourne. With all these people with different food cultures coming together, the need for inclusive options like vegan food is much higher than before.


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