Dec 03

London Named Most Vegan-Friendly City

HappyCow, a 20-year old vegan restaurant guide which covers over 180 countries and over 8,000 restaurants, has released its list of 2019’s top 10 most vegan friendly cities in the world.

Topping the list for the second year in a row is London, the capital of the United Kingdom. In 2017 London became the first city to have over 100 completely vegan restaurants – they now have an impressive 152. Rounding out the top three are New York (U.S.) and Berlin (Germany).

According to HappyCow, this list “is determined by four main factors: the number of vegan restaurants in a five-mile radius in the most vegan restaurant-dense area in each city, the number of vegan/vegetarian/veg-option restaurants in the same five-mile radius, vegan restaurant count to population density, and our impression of the over-all vegan-friendliness of the city (availability of festivals, meetups, & community).”

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Dec 03

Taco Del Mar Adds Beyond Meat Crumbles to All Locations in U.S. and Canada

The surf-inspired, Baja-style Mexican-food Chain Taco Del Mar has announced that starting yesterday, vegan Beyond Meat crumbles are available at all of its locations in the United States and Canada. 

The vegan beef crumbles are available at all of the over 100 Taco Del Mar locations, and can be found as part of the Beyond Meat Taco, which can be made vegan by removing the cheese. However, even better, the crumbles can be added into any other item the chain offers, which includes tacos, burritos, taco salads and enchiladas.

The chain tested out the vegan meat at select locations earlier this year, and it was so successful that they quickly decided to expand the item to be available nations-wide.

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Dec 01

Study: Restricting Animal Products, Increasing Plant-Based Foods, “Facilitates Type 2 Diabetes Prevention”

Restricting animal products while increasing healthy plant-based foods intake facilitates the prevention of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study published by the journal Clinical Nutrition ESPEN, and epublished by the U.S. National Institute of Health

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“Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is a frequent disorder largely preventable”, states the study’s abstract. “The aim of this review was to summarize information on the association between dietary habits and the risk of developing T2D.”

For the study, researchers conducted a comprehensive literature search using the PubMed database from its inception to June, 2019. Articles were restricted to those written in English and concerning human subjects, and relevant manuscripts found in the list of references of the retrieved articles were also used in preparation for the review.

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Nov 30

California: Meat Industry Attempts to Block Animal Welfare Law, Judge Strikes Them Down

The meat industry’s attempt to prevent the implementation of an animal welfare law through a preliminary injunction has been struck down by a California judge.

Judge Christina A. Snyder (Central District of California) has ruled against the North American Meat Institute’s (NAMI) request for a preliminary injunction to halt the implementation of Proposition 12, which expands the minimum space requirements for animals that are raised for consumption.

NAMI is in the process of suing the state of California in an attempt to overturn Prop 12, and they sought to have an injunction placed on the measure becoming law while the legal case moves forward. However, Judge Snyder ruled against this, stating that Prop 12 can go into effect as written.

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Nov 20

Ford Debuts Entirely Vegan Mustang

Ford has officially unveiled the 100% vegan 2021 Mustang Mach-E SUV.

Ford states the the newest Mustang model – which is electric – will be available to purchase both online and through nationwide dealerships beginning in late 2020 (likely around November).

“We wanted it to be an animal-free product,” says Brittany Moss, a color and materials designer at Ford, told CNET, saying that this was the right decision for the sort of customer they’re trying to attract, including those who are environmentally conscious.

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Oct 15

New York City Council Passes Resolution to Ban Processed Meat at Public Schools

The New York City Council has adopted a resolution that calls upon the Department of Education to remove all processed meats from public school menus.

Resolution 238, approved earlier this month, calls for a prohibition on processed meats including hot dogs, pepperoni and bologna.

“We cannot continue feeding our children substances that are scientifically proven to increase their chances of cancer later in life,” says Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, who is vegan himself. “We must feed our kids nutritious meals that will nourish their bodies and help them perform better academically. Kids want to be healthy and strong, so let’s help them get there by feeding them healthy meals.”

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Oct 02

Disneyland and Disney World Adding 400 Vegan Dishes to Parks

In a move that is sure to excite vegan park-goers, Disney has announced over the next several months they will be adding 400 new vegan food items to their popular Disneyland (CA) and Disney World (FL) theme parks.

The move will with quick-service restaurants in Disney World Resort in Florida on October 1st, followed by table-service eateries on October 3rd. Disneyland Resort in California will begin offering some of the same dishes – plus additional ones – in the spring.

“Our guests will now be able to choose from hundreds of sweet and savory creations, including many brand-new dishes destined to become fan favorites,” says Disney Parks Editorial Content Director Thomas Smith. According to Smith, the new options will include vegan hot dogs, burgers, and sausages, along with a plethora of salads and other meals including eggless Florentine, a plant-based hot link smokehouse sandwich (Animal Kingdom), and a maple-chipotle barbecue-braised jackfruit dip.

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Sep 17

Report: Beef and Dairy Industries Will Collapse by 2030

According to a new report, which states that “We are on the cusp of the fastest, deepest, most consequential disruption of agriculture in history”, the beef and dairy industries are unlikely to survive past 2013.

“By 2030, demand for cow products will have fallen by 70%”, states the RethinkX report, which is titled The Second Domestication of Plants and Animals, the Disruption of the Cow, and the Collapse of Industrial Livestock Farming. “Before we reach this point, the U.S. cattle industry will be effectively bankrupt. By 2035, demand for cow products will have shrunk by 80% to 90%. Other livestock markets such as chicken, pig, and fish will follow a similar trajectory.”

The report states that: “The current industrialized, animal-agriculture system will be replaced with a Food-as-Software model, where foods are engineered by scientists at a molecular level and uploaded to databases that can be accessed by food designers anywhere in the world. This will result in a far more distributed, localized, stable, and resilient food-production system.”

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Sep 01

Study: Eating More Plant-Based Foods May Lower Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke and Other Cardiovascular Diseases

A diet consisting of mostly plant-based foods and fewer animal-based foods may be linked to better heart health and a lower risk of dying from a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular disease according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

“[O]ur study does suggest that eating a larger proportion of plant-based foods and a smaller proportion of animal-based foods may help reduce your risk of having a heart attack, stroke or other type of cardiovascular disease,” says lead researcher Casey M. Rebholz, Ph.D., assistant professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Maryland.

For the study researchers reviewed a database of food intake information from more than 10,000 middle-aged U.S. adults who were monitored from 1987 through 2016 and did not have cardiovascular disease at the start of the study. They then categorized the participants’ eating patterns by the proportion of plant-based foods they ate versus animal-based foods.

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Aug 10

U.S. Subways to Launch Sub With Vegan Beyond Meat Meatballs

Subway has announced that it will soon have vegan Beyond Meat meatballs at over 600 of its North American locations.

Subway has over 24,000 stores throughout the U.S., and soon 685 of them will have a sub made with Beyond Meat meatballs. This sub can easily be made vegan by omitting cheese and using Italian or 9-gran bread.

“We’re excited to partner with Subway and are grateful that the menu team through to senior management has entrusted us as their innovation partner to deliver delicious plant-based proteins to their guests,” says Beyond Meat CEO Ethan Brown. “We look forward to a long-term partnership with Subway as we together serve and delight existing and new fans of this iconic chain.”

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Jul 24

Old Spaghetti Factory Launches Vegan Beyond Meatballs and Meat Sauce at All Locations in Canada

The Old Spaghetti Factory has launched vegan Beyond meatballs as well as spaghetti with Beyond meat sauce at all of its Canadian locations.

The Old Spaghetti Factory just gave vegans and those wanting to eat more plant-based meals a big reason to visit one of their restaurants; vegan meatballs and meat sauce! These have been added to all 14 locations in Canada. Although these items won’t be available at the chain’s U.S. locations, many are holding out hope that a successful run in Canada will change that.

The Beyond meatballs are made by hand-rolling Beyond meat with the restaurant’s blend of signature spices.

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Jul 17

Blaze Pizza Adds Vegan Pizza – With Vegan Cheese and Chorizo – to Over 300 Locations Nationwide

Just a few weeks ago Blaze Pizza (a build your own pizza joint) introduced vegan chorizo as a pizza topping, and now they’ve taken it a step further by introducing a vegan pizza with vegan cheese.

As of yesterday, the over 300 nationwide Blaze Pizza locations have they new Life Mode Pizzas, which includes a pizza specifically crafted for vegans. The pizza is crafted by the chain’s Executive Chef Bradford Kent. It’s made with the chain’s standard dough and red sauce, along with vegan cheese, spicy vegan (soy) chorizo, mushrooms, red onions, green bell peppers, basil, and a drizzle of olive oil.

“Blaze has always had plant-based options on its menu and has relied on our guests to build their entirely plant-based pizzas to their specific liking. As the demand for plant-based foods continues to gain popularity, we have decided to give [it] its due and build our own vegan pizza,” Kent told VegNews. “Pizza is delicious because it is a complete sensory experience of textures and tastes that sensory scientists sometimes call ‘sensory meltdown.’ The ingredients chosen for the Vegan Pizza combine elements of sweet, tart, salt, savory, and spicy that really come to life when baked on our classic light-as-air crust as the base.”

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