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CANADA HAS ELIMINATED THE MILK CATEGORY FROM NATIONAL FOOD GUIDE AND MAY TELL RESIDENTS TO CHOOSE VEGAN!

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Well done, Canada! After consulting with the public on plans to revise the national food guide, the Canadian government has now released a new draft of their healthy eating recommendations and the guide favors a “high proportion of plant-based foods”! The food guide’s first recommendation notes the importance of whole foods and states that plant-based foods are the preferred source of protein. The guide recommends, “regular intake of vegetables, fruit, whole grains and protein-rich foods, especially plant-based sources of protein.” Wow!

8 Million Fewer Would Die if the World Went Vegan

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By eating less meat and more fruit and vegetables, the world could prevent several million deaths per year by 2050, cut planet-warming emissions substantially, and save billions of dollars annually in healthcare costs and climate damage, researchers said. A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is the first to estimate both the health and climate change impacts of a global move towards a more plant-based diet, they said. “We do not expect everybody to become vegan,” said lead author Marco Springmann of the Oxford Martin Program on the Future of Food.

THIS IS THE VEGAN BRAND LEONARDO DICAPRIO JUST INVESTED IN

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Award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio and investment firm Strand Equity Partners invested an undisclosed amount for a minority stake in vegan snack company HIPPEAS this week. “I’M TRULY EXCITED THAT STRAND EQUITY PARTNERS AND [DICAPRIO] HAVE JOINED THE HIPPEAS FAMILY,” HIPPEAS CEO LIVIO BISTERZO SAID.

Bill Nye: “Plant-Based Diets Are the Future”

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Bill Nye, also known as “The Science Guy” hosted a Q and A session where he called plant-based diets “the future.” The Science Guy says he’s looking forward to “the emergence of new plant-based dishes,” as vegetarian and vegan diets have been proven to better for one’s health and the environment.

Melbourne is becoming the vegan capital of the world

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10 years ago, vegans were a marginalised community of people reduced to eating brown rice and boiled vegetables. You couldn’t really go out to eat and no one really respected your environmentally friendly life choices. These days, however, everyone seems to be dabbling in plant life. And nowhere is that more obvious than in Melbourne. The Australian city is being touted as the vegan capital of the world, with vegan dessert bars apparently becoming more popular than McDonald’s sundaes.

THE NEW ALMOND MILK BAILEYS IS GLUTEN-FREE, DAIRY-FREE AND CERTIFIED VEGAN

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Meet the new Baileys Almande Almondmilk Liqueur. This naturally light tasting spirit is a dairy-free, gluten-free and certified vegan liqueur that blends the luscious, nutty flavors of real almondmilk with delicious vanilla for an incredibly versatile treat. Last year Baileys hit issues with creating a certified vegan product when it was discovered they used beeswax in the recipe. Baileys worked hard to remove all animal products from the formulation. Baileys representative Dominic Benigno told VegNews “We respect vegans and veganism, want to be fully transparent, and offer Irish cream that everyone can enjoy.”

Baileys Goes Vegan … For Real This Time!

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Remember when Baileys released “Almande,” their classic Irish Cream liqueur made with almond milk instead of dairy, and for a hot minute, the vegan food space rejoiced? No longer would cocktail enthusiasts have to DIY their own Irish Cream. Life was good — or so we thought. Although Baileys received an overwhelmingly positive response from vegans and dairy-free people alike, there was just one little problem. Unfortunately, the dairy-free version of their classic Irish Cream liqueur was not vegan at all because the formula contained beeswax. Bummer. 

London Cafe Completely Ditches Dairy After Watching YouTube Video

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In replacement of cow’s milk, the London cafe will serve almond, oat and soy alternatives. After learning about the horror(s) of factory farms and the reality that accompanies drinking commercial cow’s milk, owners of a cafe in London made the bold decision to ditch all beverages sourced from animals entirely.

Vegan frozen pizza brand is coming to the UK

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Norwich-based One Planet Pizza has exceeded its crowdfunding goal of £20,000 by more than £6,000, becoming the UK’s first crowdfunded all-vegan company. The brand’s success stems from incorporating consumer engagement into its business model. “[We] want to fund [our] new venture through ‘veginvestment’ so it is ‘owned’ by the vegan community,” the company stated on its website, as those who are interested can invest for as little as £16. The company are also planning to employ vegans and use vegan suppliers wherever they can. Funding from initial investors—ranging from £16 to £2,000 —makes up 20 percent of the company’s equity. These shareholders gain insider access to the development of the brand and a say in deciding which vegan charity organisations will receive 10 percent of yearly profits via the company’s charity branch, One Planet Pizza Fund.

Vegan blogger Hench Herbivore is working with the company to create protein-loaded pizzas and will serve as a social media marketing advocate, alongside Damien Clarkson of ethical creative studio The Growing Box and YouTuber Bastian Altrock.

Pizzas will feature Bute Island coconut oil-based “Sheese” and wheat-based Vegandeli meat in flavors such as Hawaiian, Exotic Funghi Feast, Three Shreese Margherita, and Mediterranean Roasted Vegetable. In addition to pizzas, the brand also produces a line of vegan “redi-meals,” which will be available for purchase at local retail outlets and by delivery in parts of England.

Their pizzas are currently available in 10 stores across Norfolk. You can take a look at their stockists here. They will also be attending VeggieWorld on the 8th and 9th of April! 

Source: VegNews

WINNING! Norway’s Largest Meat Producer Launches Vegan Line

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Norway’s largest meat company, Nortura, announced on the company’s website that it would launch a line of plant-based products. The new line, MEATish, was created in collaboration with local supermarket chain Rema 1000. Featuring products made from non-GMO, soy-based ingredients, it will include bowls, nuggets, and burgers. The products contain as much protein as the company’s meat-based options but less saturated fat. Nortura chose soy as a main ingredient because it is most similar to the structure, texture, and nutritional content of meat.
Nortura’s CEO Arne Kristian Kolberg stated in a press release:

These are good products with flavor and texture resembling our similar products of meat. We have put much effort into product development to make this happen, and hope that consumers will like the result as much as we do.

Last year, Tyson Foods invested in plant-based meat company Beyond Meat and launched Tyson New Ventures LLC, a $150-million venture capital fund for investing in vegan meats.
Indeed, major meat companies recognize that veganism is the future. Just last week, research firm Innova Market Insights found there were 320 launches of products with a “plant-based” claim in the U.S. in 2016. This is up 32 percent from 220 launches in 2015.
Meat consumption in the U.S. fell 15 percent in 2015, while vegan protein sales exploded. What’s more, Lux Research expects plant-based proteins to make up a third of the protein market by 2054!

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