United States’ First-Ever Vegan Butcher Shop to Open January 23rd in Minnesota

  1. vegan butcherOn January 23rd, The Herbivorous Butcher will open at 507 First Ave in Minneapolis, Minnesota, roughly a year after founders of the shop raised over $60,000 through a successful Kickstarter campaign.

The shop is being opened by siblings Aubry and Kale Walch. Both have been spending the past several years “perfecting The Herbivorous Butcher’s deliciously deceiving meat-free meats”. When the shop opens, they’ll have 35 vegan meats, cheeses, and butters available for sale (which can also be ordered online).

“We started The Herbivorous Butcher to bring you small-batch, locally-sourced, all-natural meat alternatives that are always fresh, flavorful, and protein-rich so you never feel like you’re sacrificing anything for healthy and ethical eating”, the shop states on their website.

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New Vegan “Super Condom” Kills HIV, Enhances Sexual Pleasure

super condomA team of researchers out of Texas A&M University’s Health Science Center have developed a new entirely vegan condom made from hydrogel, a water-based material used in contact lenses and to heal cuts. The latext-free condom is lined with a plant-based antioxidant that kills HIV.

Although the condom was designed specifically to help combat the spread of the HIV virus, which affects nearly 40 million people around the globe, the condom’s lining also acts as a sexual stimulant.

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No, Vegetarian Diets Are Not Bad for the Environment (and Here’s Why)

vegetarian dietBy Erin Brodwin, Business Insider

Headlines inspired by a study from earlier this week boasted that eating a vegetarian diet is actually worse for the planet than sticking to a traditional American (read: meat- and fat-heavy) diet.

That’s bogus for several reasons. It also ignores one of the study’s biggest findings, which is that transforming how we eat could have a hugely positive impact on the planet.

Here’s why:

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Daiya Bringing Back Original Recipe for Their Vegan Cheese Shreds

daiyaRecently Daiya, a much respected vegan food company that specializes in vegan cheeses, yogurts and cheesecakes, made an alteration to the recipes they use for their cheese shreds. Although some consumers were fans of the change, many others were disappointed in the fact that the cheese’s texture was changed entirely, having gone from having a nice chewy consistency, to being what many describe as “mooshy”.

Now, we can confirm through speaking with the company that Daiya is bringing back its original formula, which will be making its way to store shelves over the next couple weeks.

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Ben & Jerry’s Launching Line of Vegan Almond Milk Ice Cream in 2016

ben & jerry'sThe hugely popular ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s has announced that their new line of entirely vegan almond milk ice cream will be launching in 2016.

Although the company tested out a line of vegan ice cream flavors using various non-dairy milk alternatives such as soy and cashew milk, the company decided that almond milk was the best fit.

“Almond milk gave us the best blank canvas to carry the funky chunks and swirls that you know and love”, says Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Guru and “Non-Dairy Queen” Kirsten Schimoler says.

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Wendy’s Now Offering Vegan Black Bean Burgers at Certain Locations

wendy'sThe international fast food franchise Wendy’s is currently offering a vegan black bean burger on its menu at multiple locations. Although all of the locations are currently located in Columbia, South Carolina, Wendy’s plan is to make the veggie burger an item at all of its locations, if it sells successfully.

Below are the Wendy’s locations – including addresses and phone numbers – that are currently offering the vegan black bean burger (according to the nonprofit organization Vegan Outreach):

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Vegetarians Have Lower Risk of Cancer than Meat-Eaters, Finds Study

saladA study of over 60,000 people published online by the National Institute of Health, and published in-print by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, has found that the percentage of vegetarians with cancer is drastically lower than the percentage of meat-eaters with cancer, indicating that a vegetarian diet can protect against the disease.

According the researchers, the study’s objective was to; “The objective was to describe cancer incidence in vegetarians and nonvegetarians in a large sample in the United Kingdom.” They used a “pooled analysis of 2 prospective studies including 61,647 British men and women comprising 32,491 meat eaters, 8612 fish eaters, and 20,544 vegetarians (including 2246 vegans).”

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Study Finds Animals Are Capable of Self-Awareness

animalAnimals other than humans are capable of self-awareness, a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Warwick has found.

The study, published in the journal Current Zoology, found that animals such as rats and mice are capable of mentally simulating environments, which requires at least a primitive sense of self. The finding suggests that any animal that can simulate environments must have a form of self-awareness.

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U.S. National Institute of Health Ending Experiments on Baby Monkeys

baby monkeysThe National Institute of Health (NIH) will be ending a 30-year long research program on baby monkeys, according to U.S. Representative Brendan Boyle. The program included tearing away infants from their mother at birth, and continually terrorizing them with things such as fake snakes and loud noises, forced alcoholism and being forced to live alone in order to have their mental state purposefully worsened.

The move to end the research program comes after an extensive campaign by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which included advertisements, a petition signed by over a quarter million people, and the threat to release video showing exactly how awful the experiments are.

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You Can Soon 3D Print Your Own Vegan Gummy Candies From Home

mcfThe Berlin-based Magic Candy Factory will soon be making a lot of kids and kids-at-heart happy. The company has announced that using their website, you’ll soon be able to 3D print gummy candies directly from your home, all of which are entirely vegan.

Each gummy will be designed on the Magic Candy Factory’s website by the consumer (with choice like frogs, octopuses and hearts), who also has control over specific colors and flavors. Once all of that is decided upon, it takes just 3-5 minutes for the candy to be printed. Once it’s finished, it’s shipped off to the consumer.

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Taco Bell’s New Vegetarian Certified Menu Features 26 Vegan Items

taco bellTaco Bell recently became the first quick service restaurant to ever have a portion of their menu certified vegetarian and vegan by the American Vegetarian Association. Now, it’s become clear exactly what those items are.

The ready-made vegetarian options – most of which can be subbed to become vegan (we’ll list the vegan items below) – include:

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400 Million Less Farm Animals were Slaughtered in the U.S. in 2014 than in 2008

farm animalsIn a showing sign that Americans are slowing down their consumption of animals, data released by the Humane Society of the Untied States (HSUS) has found that there was 400 million less farm animals slaughtered in 2014 than in 2008.

Despite this large drop, the number of farm animals slaughtered in 2014 was still absurdly high, with a total of 9.1 billion (yes, with a b) animals killed, with a vast majority – 8.6 billion, or 98.8% – being chickens. This is down from 9.5 billion in 2008 and 2007 (with the number being 9.4 billion in 2006 and 2005).

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