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by Diana Potter   The influence of the plant-based/environmental advocacy movement on our lives just keeps growing, as evidenced by the September 10 launch of a new vegan Exchange Traded Fund, or ETF, on the New York Stock Exchange: the US Vegan Climate ETF (ticker symbol VEGN). Designed for environmentalists and animal rights advocates, the U...

by Diana Potter   Until now, despite decades of protest by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and others, including vegans, using animals to test toxic materials has continued in the US without restriction. Until now.   On September 10, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it was beginning what it termed ...

Ripple will be launching a new line of Creamy Yogurts this September, along with a line of Superfood Milks to add to their growing family of products which now includes Milk, Protein Shakes & Powders, Barista Style, Half and Half, and Kids Packs.   The Yogurts – which will be available in Vanilla, Strawberry, Peach, Blueberry, and Original...

How old were you when you became a vegan? When you decided on a career? When you became a celebrity in your career? Okay, most of us, including me, have no answer for that last one! But how many of us could answer the first two questions with, “I was 11”? Not me, and (sorry…) presumably not you, either. Omari McQueen can. Yes, at the age of 11, he’...

It's no secret that the plant-based food and beverage alternatives market has skyrocketed over the past couple of years. In fact, 2019 was named The Year of the Vegan by The Economist, and Nielsen reported that vegan meat sales jumped by a massive 13.5% in the past year.   In August, the Global Plant-Based Food & Beverage Alternatives Mark...

New animal justice movement Animal Rebellion launched at this year’s Official Animal Rights March on Saturday, August 17th by announcing its plans to occupy Smithfield Market this October. Smithfield is London’s oldest and largest meat distribution market. “We know that our current food system is unsustainable and destroying the planet. We also bel...

The world’s largest plant-based restaurant chain is now open in the Greenwich Village section of New York   (September 6, 2019 – Montreal, QC) Copper Branch, the largest 100% plant-based restaurant chain in the world, has come to New York City, having now opened its second U.S. location and its first in New York in the Greenwich Village/SOHO s...

Yet another petition calling for a fast food company to adopt plant-based options is gaining traction on Change.org.  Tell Wendy’s to Carry a plant-based Burger Nationally!  has garnered 25,143 signatures and counting in under a month. Lana Weidgenant, the college student whose  Dunkin’ petition  helped convince the company that...

Fulfilling his earlier promises to shareholders and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), and heartening vegans everywhere, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced August 31 that the company’s Model 3 — as a compact full-electric vehicle, already on the right side of saving the environment — will now be completely free of leather. Tesla’s Model...

Plant-based nutrition company Engine 2 partners with the City of Pittsburgh, American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM), and insurance leader Highmark to launch a month-long cardiovascular health challenge for Pittsburgh’s employees under the name, ‘Heart of a Hero Campaign’, the first initiative of its kind in the country.   "This Heart of...

The Jamaican government has announced plans to establish a research center in Jamaica to further advance plant-based medicine research. Audley Shaw, the Industry, Commerce, Agriculture, and Fisheries Minister, told the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) that Jamaica’s “unique microclimatic conditions place us in an enviable position globally,” notin...

With veganism becoming a growing lifestyle choice for many, the demand for plant-based products and services has skyrocketed in the past few years. Whatever the reason for adopting a plant-based life (ethical, sustainability, or health concerns), the nation has witnessed a continuous rise of vegan food options, restaurants, magazines, and lifestyle...

Eddie Huang, foodie, restauranteur, TV show host, and author of Fresh Off the Boat , his memoir which led to the hit sitcom of the same name, has announced on social media that he is going vegan.   After watching videos of the fires decimating the Amazon rainforest, Huang posted on Instagram stating, “I’m going vegan because it takes 20 times ...

In celebration of last week’s World Plant Milk Day , UK-based global vegan organization Veganuary , called on all major coffee chains to eliminate plant-based milk upcharges. Most high-street coffee chains currently charge upwards of 50 cents extra when customers choose plant milk (soy, oat, almond, coconut, macadamia, etc). "Charging extra for pla...

One of America’s favorite fast-fried food chains, Kentucky Fried Chicken® becomes the first national U.S. QSR (quick-service restaurant) to introduce a plant-based chicken, in partnership with Beyond Meat®! “KFC is an iconic part of American culture and a brand that I, like so many consumers, grew up with. To be able to bring Beyond Fried Chicken, ...

Here’s a hint: Fire and beef have more in common than a good steak. But first: The raging fire devastating Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, often termed “The Lungs of the Earth,” is in the news every day now. It’s spreading fast since it began in early August: According to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, it’s burning an area the size of ...

When it comes to the terms “eco-friendly” and “vegan” footwear, what probably comes to mind is earthy silhouettes that are made of canvas, hemp, or some other similar material, such as cotton. However, the luxury brand AERA is setting out to redefine what eco-friendly and vegan footwear looks like.   Rather than footwear that resembles be...

A research study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association ( JAMA ) appears to show that people whose diet is mostly or entirely plant-based are less likely to develop heart disease or die from it compared to those whose diets are heavier on meat and carbs. According to the World Health Organization. cardiovascular (hear...

While Dr. Martens iconic boots have been around for decades, it’s their vegan line of shoes, launched in 2011, that’s making headlines. CEO Kenny Wilson told the Guardian that sales of the brand’s vegan shoes have grown by “multiple hundreds of percent” in recent years. Thanks to the vegan range, profits at the company rose by 70%, with the vegan l...

The Plant Based World Expo was the first of its kind, as it reflected what Natural Products Expos have, with many plant-based products to explore, only without the bone broth k-cups… This event answered my question of, “why are we not focusing solely on vegan companies?” Apparently, I wasn’t the only one, as 3,737 attendees were reported being at t...

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