Apr 18

Interview with Comedy Writer/Rapper Zach Sherwin

Zach Sherwin is a comedy rapper with a conscience. Known for his hilarious songs and online videos, as well as his numerous appearances on the hugely successful Youtube series Epic Rap Battles of History, Sherwin is vegan, and doesn’t shy away from mentioning it in his work. Much of his work carries a strong message that’s presented in a humorous way.

We had the honor of speaking with Zach recently and were able to ask him a few questions, including about his future work and his decision to go vegan.

Before we present that interview, we’d like to post a few of Zach’s videos for those who haven’t seen his work (or for those who have and want to see it again):

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Apr 16

Whole Foods Now Offering Own Brand of Frozen Vegan Pizza

pizzaFor the first time in the popular grocery store’s history, Whole Foods is offering a frozen vegan pizza as part of its 365 line of natural products, an announcement that’s sure to excite vegan Whole Food shoppers across the country.

The new pizza – which has a whole wheat crust – features Daiya vegan cheese shreds, and is topped with tomatoes, olives and basil.

Although Whole Foods sells other vegan pizzas – Daiya and Amy’s brand, for example – these are lower in cost than most, coming in at $2.99 for a 6.8 ounce pizza.

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Apr 14

Octopus Escapes Aquarium, Finds Way to Ocean Through Nearby Drain

A photo of Inky before his successful escape (you can tell from his eyes he's plotting).

A photo of Inky prior to his successful escape (you can tell from his eyes he’s plotting).

In a scene that seems like it’s right out of a Pixar movie, an octopus at the National Aquarium of New Zealand in Napier has found freedom after escaping from his tank, scurrying across the floor, and finding his way into the Pacific Ocean through a nearby drain.

According to Rob Yarral, the aquarium’s manager, confused staff began looking for the octopus when they noticed him missing (he was in a tank with just one other octopus), and found tracks leading to a nearby drain. “He managed to make his way to one of the drain holes that go back to the ocean and off he went—didn’t even leave us a message”, Yarral says.

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Apr 13

Raw Vegan Cake Sets Guinness World Record at German Food Festival


(Photo: Guinness World Records)

A cake made at Rohvolution – a raw, vegan food festival in Germany – has set the Guinness World Record for the largest vegan cake ever made!

The cake, which was created by Hotel Essentis Biohotel Berlin, weighs in at a whopping 857 pounds. In addition to being entirely vegan, the cake was made of entirely raw ingredients, fitting in with the festivals raw theme. Ingredients include raisins, dates, mixed nuts, coconut oil and cocoa powder.

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Apr 13

Italy’s First All-Vegan Kindergarten Now Open

natureItaly’s first all-vegan kindergarten is now officially open in the city of Milan.

“We love and respect all animals, so we do not use any food originated from their exploitation (not only meat and fish, but also eggs, dairy and honey)”, Naturà told the Italian news outlet La Stampa Chronicles. “Our dishes are therefore 100% vegan.”

According to Naturà, veganism is also reflected in their educational lessons, with a particular focus put on the environmental benefits of following a meat and dairy-free lifestyle.

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Apr 13

Study: Meat-Eaters More Likely to be Aggressive and Suicidal Due to Parasitic Infection


A rat brain that’s infected with the toxoplasma gondii parasite.

A study published last month in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that those infected with the toxoplasma gondi parasite – which is typically obtained through undercooked meat, but also from infected cats and contaminated water – are twice as likely to have a rage disorder, making them more likely to be aggressive and suicidal.

In the study involving 358 adult subjects, researchers from the University of Chicago found that toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection carried by an estimated 30% of all humans, is associated with intermittent explosive disorder and increased aggression.

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Apr 11

Investment Group Formed to Help Finance Vegan Companies

222A new invest group has been formed to help give a boost of momentum to the already rapidly growing vegan food market. New Crop Capital, a “specialized private venture capital fund”, has already raised over $25 million in capital with investments to companies such as Gelzen, which makes vegan gelatin, and Beyond Meats, which makes a plethora of vegan meat products.

According to the group’s website, they invest in “talented, focused entrepreneurs whose products or services replace foods derived from conventional animal agriculture, which we view as an antiquated and inefficient food production system with serious vulnerabilities”, noting that “The meat, egg, and dairy sectors represent a $700 billion global market that is ripe for innovation and large-scale disruption.”

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Apr 07

NFL Player Goes Vegan

A player from the National Football League, Tyrann Mathieu, recently tweeted that he has become vegan. The star safety became a starter last season for his team, the Arizona Cardinals, even after enduring a season-ending ACL tear the year before. Mathieu was a standout in college at Louisiana State University, where his tenacity earned him the nickname “Honey Badger” (a now-ironic nickname given that vegans don’t eat honey).

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Apr 05

San Francisco’s First Vegan and Gluten-Free Bakery Now Open

cookiesSan Francisco now has an entirely vegan and gluten-free bakery in the newly opened Wholesome Bakery, located at 3376 18th St. between Mission and Capp.

Products by the Wholesome Bakery can be found in two dozen stores throughout San Francisco and Berkley, but the new San Fran-based Wholesome Bakery is the company’s first brick-and-mortar bakery.

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Mar 31

Iran Bans Circuses Featuring Wild Animals

Iran will no longer allow the use of wild animals - such as elephants, tigers and monkeys - in circuses.

Dangerous and pointless acts such as this (a tiger jumping through a ring of fire) will be put to an end as part of Iran’s new ban on wild animal circuses.

Iran – following Greece, Mexico, the Netherlands, Belgium and Bolivia – has officially banned wild animal circuses across each of its 31 states. The move, which was made this week by the nation’s Department of Environment, will lead to the immediately closure of at least 13 wild animal circuses across the country.

The move – which has the nation refusing to issue any permits for the use of wild animals – is thanks in large part to efforts by the organizations Animal Rights Watch and Animal Defense International, who launched a No to Circus! campaign in 2014.

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Mar 31

U.S. Green Party Creates Animal Rights Committee

Green-party-usa-logoIn a move to help ensure that animal rights is at the forefront of the nation’s political conversation, the Green Party of the United States (GPUS) has agreed to establish an Animal Rights Committee.

The decision to create the Animal Rights Committee within the party was made by the GPUS National Committee, which voted 67 to 14 in favor of the move.

According to the approved proposal, the Animal Rights Committee will:

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Mar 31

Major Grocery Chain Commits to Selling Only Cage-free Eggs

Minneapolis-based SUPERVALU announced yesterday its commitment to sell only cage-free eggs by the year 2025. In fact, the company says the day of 100 percent cage-free eggs could come even earlier, depending on supply, affordability and demand. Presently, cage-free eggs account for only 12 percent of company-wide egg sales.

With over 3,400 owned, licensed, franchised, and independently owned stores, and sales of nearly $18 billion, SUPERVALU is one of the largest grocery chains in the United States.

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