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07/15/2019 WORLD'S FIRST VEGAN SOCCER TEAM SWITCHES TO SUSTAINABLE BAMBOO UNIFORMS

For the next two seasons, United Kingdom's vegan soccer club Forest Green Rovers will wear new vegan uniforms made by sports clothing brand PlayLayer from 50-percent bamboo—highly reducing the amount of plastic typically used in uniforms. The design of the new uniforms was inspired by the camouflage pattern of the zebra and features a logo from its charity partner, ocean conservation organization Sea Shepherd, on the back of the jersey, and the logo of its milk partner, vegan brand Oatly, on the back of the shorts. Forest Green Rovers Chairman Dale Vince—who is also the CEO of vegan electricity company Ecotricity—purchased the club in 2011 and began renovations to create the most sustainable team and stadium in the world. In 2015, the club removed all animal products to become the world's first vegan stadium and serves vegan food such as Quorn meat alternatives, pizzas, and burgers. The team will launch a third uniform next month in tribute to Sea Shepard and as part of a fundraising initiative for the vegan organization (vegnews.com)

07/12/2019 IKEA MADE ITS VEGAN HOT DOGS CHEAPER THAN THE MEAT VERSION

IKEA's vegan hot dogs are now cheaper than its meat-based ones. A post by Instagram account @thevegan.society2 drew attention to the price difference between IKEA's vegan and animal-based hot dogs. The Veggie Dog was priced at 75c, compared to the conventional hot dog’s $1 at one of its locations. "They didn't even put a description for the meat hot dog," the post was captioned, referring to the fact that the Veggie Dog's toppings — sweet and spicy mustard, pickled red cabbage, and roasted onions — are listed whilst the meat hot dog's description is bare. The Swedish-founded furniture giant has been upping its vegan food options recently to cater to growing demand. IKEA introduced its vegan hot dogs last year following a test run in Malmö, Sweden, where it received a 95 percent approval rating. Since August last year IKEA has sold nearly five million meat-free dogs. Earlier this year, IKEA began selling 10-packs of frozen veggie hot dogs. (livekindly.com)

07/10/2019 JADEN SMITH OPENS FREE VEGAN FOOD TRUCK ON SKID ROW IN LOS ANGELES

This weekend, musician Jaden Smith—son of celebrity couple Will and Jada Pinkett Smith—launched the first pop-up location of I Love You Restaurant, a vegan food truck that serves free food to the homeless. The truck served the homeless community of the Skid Row region of Los Angeles for one day and Smith aims to continue bringing vegan food to others in need. A number of celebrities took to Instagram to praise Smith for his efforts in aiding people experiencing homelessness, including Kevin Hart, SZA, Nick Cannon, Jordin Sparks, and Travis Barker. In May, Smith—a vocal environmental activist and lover of vegan pancakes—joined a long list of celebrity investors to help fund a $300 million Series E round for Impossible Foods, capital that the plant-based company will use to increase production capacity of its Impossible Burger. (vegnews.com)

07/08/2019 PLANT-BASED MEAT IS ABOUT TO GET CHEAPER THAN ANIMAL FLESH

Vegan meat may soon become cheaper than its animal-based counterparts, according to a new report compiled by Liz Specht, PhD, senior scientist at food nonprofit Good Food Institute. In the report, Specht outlines the obstacles that plant-based food producers face when aiming to compete with meat companies. When it comes to profit margins, companies such as Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods are currently charging as much as the market will bear in order to funnel profits into expanding production capacity to meet surging demand. These companies are also at the mercy of using ingredients derived from a bigger supply chain such as soy and pea proteins which are primarily grown for other uses, including animal feed and oil. Specht believes that once plant-based companies are big enough, they will flip this factor and drive the optimization of raw ingredients, creating side streams for other companies. Additionally, these companies' current manufacturing facilities are built to handle smaller scale production but Specht anticipates an exponential development in this area, as well. Lastly, since many new vegan companies are funded by venture capital with the expectation of creating novel technologies, early funds are often used for research and development purposes, a cost that is passed onto the consumer initially but is reduced greatly as the new technology is scaled. While these limiting factors are still in play when it comes to large-scale production of plant-based foods, some companies are already thinking about how to reduce costs to make vegan food more appealing to consumers. (vegnews.com)

07/05/2019 46,000 CUSTOMERS DEMAND STARBUCKS DROP VEGAN MILK UPCHARGE

More than 46,000 people have sent a letter to Starbucks to demand the chain drop its policy of charging extra for non-dairy milk. While companies such as Tim Hortons, Noah's New York Bagels, Philz Coffee, and Costa Coffee do not charge extra for vegan milk options, Starbucks continues to add up to 80 cents to orders that include soy, almond, coconut, or oat milk. Animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) recently launched a letter-writing campaign to encourage Starbucks to reconsider its policy. The campaign urges customers to send a formal letter to Starbucks about the issue and more than 46,000 people have taken action to date. (vegnews.com)

07/03/2019 JAPAN RESUMES WHALE SLAUGHTER AFTER 30 YEAR BAN

On July 1, Japan has begun hunting whales after refraining from the cruel practice for more than 30 years. The country broke with international policy established in 1982 by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to resume the hunting and killing of whales for food, despite an almost 99-percent decrease in consumer demand for whale meat from 1862 to 2017. A group of more than 100 animal-rights and environmental groups, alongside celebrities such as Ricky Gervais, Jane Goodall, and Liz Bonnin sent an open letter about Japan's choice to break with the IWC to the 20 countries involved in last weekend's G20 Summit which was hosted by Japan in Osaka. Kitty Block, President of the Humane Society International, said Japan's new whaling program stands in stark contrast to its involvement in the G20 Summit—which is aimed to facilitate international cooperation. Japan's Fisheries Agency authorized the slaughter of 383 whales annually under its new hunting program. (vegnews.com)

07/01/2019 NEW ORCA DOCUMENTARY CONTINUES THE "BLACKFISH EFFECT"

On July 16, new animal-rights documentary Long Gone Wild will be released in North America. The film focuses on the plight of orca whales in captivity and within the wildlife trade, picking up where the acclaimed animal-rights documentary Blackfish left off. Released in 2013, Blackfish told the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale living in captivity at SeaWorld. The film created a phenomenon known as the "Blackfish effect," or a major impact on SeaWorld's business—including plummeting attendance, millions of dollars in losses, and a class-action lawsuit. Long Gone Wild believes the fight to save orcas isn't over because the marine animals are still kept in captivity for profit and provides an in-depth look at the case against captivity by sharing interviews with leading experts in the field. The film shares footage of the wildlife trade that includes capturing orcas from the wild and selling them to the exploding marine theme park industry in China, and points to the hardships orcas experience in captivity, such as collapsed fins, broken teeth, and severe boredom and depression. Long Gone Wild also showcases plans for a seaside sanctuary for marine animals created by The Whale Sanctuary Project that provides a safe, permanent home for retired orcas in their natural habitat with no requirement to perform. (vegnews.com)

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