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McDonald’s Is Testing a New Vegan Burger!

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The times are a changing! McDonald’s recently announced “The McVegan,” a soy-based patty topped with vegan fixings. The all-vegan burger is currently being tested at a McDonald’s location in Tampere, Finland, from October 4th through November 21st, so you might want to grab your plane ticket soon!

Of course, if you’re avoiding all animal products, then you’ll want to skip the fries. Unfortunately, McDonald’s fries contain “natural beef flavors,” an ingredient that is made from wheat and milk derivatives. Don’t worry, though — you can pick up an order of vegan fries to-go at Wendy’s.

We’re glad to see McDonald’s get on board with the plant-based trend, also just recently released an all-vegetarian burger in France. For all of us who are stateside, don’t worry, you can still get your meat-free burger fix at fast food establishments. The plant-based Beyond Burger is being tested in T.G.I. Friday’s locations and White Castle offers two different vegan burgers.

According to the 2017 Protein Alternatives Report by global market research firm Mintel, Millennials are especially open to meat alternatives; 64 percent have tried meatless burgers. Meanwhile, only one in five Millennials has tried a Big Mac. Whether one is gravitating towards meatless options due to diet, environmental concerns, health, or animal welfare concerns, veggie burgers are no longer a fringe trend!

We’ll see how the McVegan does in Finland and will anxiously await its move to the U.S.!

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GIANT EGG COMPANY REPORTS $74M LOSS DUE TO VEGAN ALTERNATIVES

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Giant egg company Cal-Maine Foods’ CEO says vegan alternatives are responsible for the company’s first big loss of profits in over a decade. Large egg company Cal-Maine Foods (CMF) released its earnings report for 2017, and the numbers looked dire. For the first time in over one decade, the company reported a loss of $74.3 million for the last fiscal year. The company’s profit plummeted by $24.5 million in its fourth-quarter alone—a stark contrast to the $367,000 that the company lost in the same time period last year.

PRINCE HARRY WILL SKIP BOXING DAY HUNT FOR ANIMAL ACTIVIST FIANCÉE MEGHAN MARKLE

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LAD Bible has reported that this year Prince Harry will not be participating in the traditional boxing day hunt, as has been announced by ‘a royal insider’.

The prince has made the decision, so as not to upset his fiancée Meghan Markle, who is an outspoken animal rights activist, and has been seen to consume vegan meats, though not on every occasion.

As revealed by the Sun, the royal insider said: “The Boxing Day shoot was always going to be a tricky issue.

MEGHAN IS A KEEN ANIMAL RIGHTS CAMPAIGNER AND DOESN’T LIKE HUNTING IN ANY FORM.

“Harry loves it and has always been out there on Boxing Day. But if it means breaking with long-standing royal traditions to avoid upsetting her, so be it. It’s fair to say that there are some pretty stunned faces around here.”

AND THIS IS NOT THE ONLY ROYAL TRADITION THAT WAS BROKEN THIS YEAR!

Meghan has been spending Christmas day with the Royal family, although only married couples should be allowed to do so. This exception was not even made for Prince William and Kate Middleton, when they had to spend Christmas apart in 2010. The Queen has said to have made the compromise, as the wedding is only five months apart.

Hopefully more people will choose compassion over tradition in the future!

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AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION TELLS HOSPITALS TO GO VEGAN BAN MEAT & DAIRY!

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During the annual AMA conference held in Chicago it was announced that based on scientific study, all hospitals and medical institutions should not only start to offer plant based foods in every facility but should also REMOVE ALL MEAT, DAIRY and EGGS from their menus. The conference is held every year by the American Medical association and is attended by world leading physicians who are responsible for developing our understanding of human health.

TESLA HAS GONE ALMOST ENTIRELY VEGAN (HERE’S WHAT IT MEANS)

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Overnight, Tesla made some changes to their available options, making some options standard, and notably eliminating one thing: leather seats. AS OF NOW, TESLA ONLY SELLS VEGAN SEATS.

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.

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