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British parrot missing for four years returns speaking Spanish

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A pet parrot that spoke with a British accent when it disappeared from its home four years ago has been reunited with its owner – and the bird now speaks Spanish. The reunion was brought about by a Southern California veterinarian who mistook Nigel, an African gray parrot, for her own missing bird. Teresa Micco tracked Nigel’s microchip to Darren Chick, a Briton who lives in Torrance. “I introduced myself and said, ‘Have you lost a bird?'” Micco told the newspaper. “He initially said, ‘No.’ But he thought I meant recently.” When she verified Chick’s name and said she had his African grey parrot, “He looked at me like I was crazy.”

World’s First Vegan Supermarket Chain to Open in Portland

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Vegan products are usually relegated to a tiny section in conventional grocery stores, but Portland, Oregon will soon be home to an entire vegan supermarket. Veganz, the first and world’s largest vegan grocery store chain, will set up shop in the famously crunchy city later this year. Along with a supermarket, Veganz also plans to open a shoe and clothing store and restaurant in Portland.

Germany Bans Meat at All Official Functions! The Reason They Did it Is Even Better

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We are long past the time where we can continue to deny the adverse effects that animal agriculture has on our planet. In the past 40 years, our love affair with meat and dairy has wreaked havoc on the planet. We have lost 58 percent of all wildlife from the face of the earth while countless other species are being pushed to the brink of extinction. There is currently more carbon dioxide in our atmosphere than there has been in the past 800,000 years, a number that is driven primarily by animal agriculture, which accounts for 14.5 percent (or more, according to some sources) of all greenhouse gases — more than the entire transportation sector put together. Our air and waterways are also riddled with pollution due to run-off from factory farm waste, exposing us to harmful antibiotics and other toxins.

On top of all that, there are countless other problems caused by animal agriculture. It can be enough to make your head spin. Luckily, change is easy — and it begins on our plates. One German politician realized that and has decided to create change for the better. Barbara Hendricks, Germany’s current Federal Minister for the Environment and member of the Social Democrats (SPD), has just banned meat at all official government functions. According to The Daily Telegraph, the ban came to light in an email from Hendricks to all German government department heads, stating “we want to set a good example for climate protection, because vegetarian food is more climate-friendly than meat and fish.”

This, of course, has not gone over well with other German officials. German Food Minister Christian Schmidt weighed in on the issue, stating: “I’m not having this Veggie Day through the back door. I believe in diversity and freedom of choice, not nanny-statism and ideology.” This is the same minister who has called for a ban on terms such as “vegetarian schnitzel,” “vegetarian sausage,” and “vegetarian meatballs” on the grounds that “These terms are completely misleading and unsettle consumers. I favor them being banned in the interest of clear consumer labeling.” Just like we are perplexed by the U.S. dairy industry’s uproar over the label “almond milk” or Unilever’s attempted lawsuit over vegan mayonnaise calling itself “mayonnaise,” we have to wonder if Schmidt is truly interested in protecting the fragile consumer mind or if he is simply attempting to fight the growing plant-based food industry.

While Hendricks’ ban on meat only extends to official functions and not what government officials will be served daily at the staff canteen, she has made a bold statement for the environment — one that we hope will inspire other government officials to do the same.

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Mumbaikars Going Gaga Over New Vegetarian Barbeque Chaap Joint

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Looking for some lip smacking Barbeque? Try out some of the mock meat at Chaap ki Chhap, the newest eatery located at Bon Bon Lane, Ratan Nagar Corner, Mumbai. Mumbaikars are raving about the delicious assortment of items on the menu, which are all traditionally North Indian. You can choose from rolls, tikkis, burgers or even momos stuffed with soya chaap! You only have to visit their Facebook page to see the rave reviews and their growing fan following.

The joint is pure vegetarian and vegan-friendly, the owner, ex-hotelier Ameet Dawar, tells us to our tremendous delight that they are more than open to veganise the various items on the menu upon request. Up to ten or twelve dishes on the menu can be easily made vegan, he assures us. The menu is more soya-based than dairy yet they use cream in their sautéing, sauces and marinades so make sure you ask first! He heartily recommends the Special Japani ‘Fish’ for vegans.

Ameet adds, “I really recommend people to try out the dishes at least once, if they do not like it I am willing to not receive any payment for it, but that has never happened!”.

Seafood eaters ingest up to 11,000 tiny pieces of plastic every year, study shows

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with dozens of particles becoming embedded in tissues, scientists have warned, in findings described as ‘sobering’ by the Prince of Wales. Researchers from the University of Ghent in Belgium believe that microplastics accumulate in the body over time and could be a long term health risk. And they say the amount of plastic absorbed will only get worse as pollution in the oceans increases, a finding described by the Prince of Wales as ‘sobering.’  The Prince has previously described micro-particles as ‘grey goo.’ Dr Colin Janssen, who led the research, said the presence of plastic particles in the body was ‘a concern’. “Now we’ve established that they do enter our body and can stay there for quite a while, we do need to know the fate of the plastics,” he told Sky News to coincide with the launch of Sky’s new environmental campaign Sky Ocean Rescue. “Where do they go? Are they encapsulated by tissue and forgotten about by the body, or are they causing inflammation or doing other things? “Are chemicals leaching out of these plastics and then causing toxicity? We don’t know and actually we do need to know.”

A larval perch that has ingested microplastic particles 
A larval perch that has ingested microplastic particles  CREDIT: OONA LONNSTEDT

The study is the first comprehensive risk assessment of its kind. Scientists calculated that more than 99 per cent  of the microplastics pass through the human body – but the rest are taken up by body tissues.

Mussels feed by filtering around 20 litres of seawater a day, ingesting microplastics by accident.

Most are excreted, but on average each mussel contains one tiny fragment lodged in its body tissue. As plastic pollution builds up in the ocean that will increase.

If current trends continue, by the end of the century people who regularly eat seafood could be consuming 780,000 pieces of plastic a year, absorbing 4,000 of them from their digestive systems.

The Prince of Wales said: “I find it sobering to think that almost all the plastic ever produced is still here somewhere on the planet in one form or another and will remain here for centuries to come, possibly thousands of years.”

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Prince Charles said the report was sobering 

There are more than five trillion pieces of microplastic in the world’s oceans and the equivalent of one rubbish truck of plastic waste is being added to the sea every minute.

By 2050 that will increase to four trucks every minute. The plastic in the ocean will take decades or even centuries to break down into small pieces, but many scientists believe it will never completely disappear.

Dr Janssen added: “The next generation or two generations might say they left us a rotten plastic legacy because now we are suffering in various ways from that legacy.

“We have to do something about it.”

Sky Ocean Rescue launches today with the campaign, initially led by Sky News, aiming to educate and inspire people to change their behaviour to help protect our oceans and dramatically reduce the amount of plastic waste produced every day that end up in them.

Visit the campaign’s website at www.skyoceanrescue.com. To discover the scale of the damage caused by plastic disposed in oceans, watch A Plastic Tide on Sky Atlantic at 8pm on Tuesday January 24th or on Sky News at 8pm on Wednesday January 25th.

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Starbucks adds a new vegan option

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Pop Sugar (and about one hundred other blogs) announced that 600 Starbucks locations across New York have rolled out a new vegan menu item; overnight grains. The parfait-like breakfast item blends steel cut oats, quinoa, and chia seeds together with coconut milk, shaved coconut and almonds. Served in the cold case section of the store, it’s basically a jazzed up version of the internet’s beloved overnight oats, for those who don’t have the forethought to prepare breakfast before bed.

Go Vegan World will be the first vegan campaign to feature at an international sporting event

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Flaxseed eggs, sources of protein and cruelty-free makeup – veganism even made its way onto Newsnight last week. But what people tend to forget is, that behind all of this talk the movement is about animal rights. Go Vegan World, the world’s largest public awareness campaign around animal rights issues is already successfully bringing veganism to the mainstream. You may have seen Go Vegan World’s thought-provoking billboards and posters plastered across UK cities and along the M6.

OMG! Breyers Secretly Introduces New Almond Milk Ice Cream

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We’ve just confirmed reports that a new Breyers nondairy frozen almond milk dessert has hit shelves in various Meijer stores in the Midwest. There’s no mention of the new product on Breyers’ website, and we’re not sure if the company is just testing out the new flavor or rolling it out nationwide. But one thing is certain: We’re stoked! The new flavor is Cookies & Cream, and the packaging says that it’s “suitable for a vegan diet.”

Ben & Jerry’s just sneakily launched two new vegan flavours made with almond milk

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Delicious ice cream made with almond milk? With chunks of brownie, swirls of caramel, and biscuits? We’re so on board. But if there’s one thing more exciting than a vegan ice cream announcement, it’s the sneaky arrival of two new vegan ice cream flavours, without a word of warning or build-up. Ben & Jerry’s haven’t officially announced their new vegan flavours in any way. But recently, two snazzy flavours have been popping up in stores: non-dairy Cherry Garcia, and non-dairy Coconut Seven Layer Bar (that’s a coconut base with fudge chunks, walnuts, and swirls of graham crackers and caramel.

COFFEE-MATE RELEASES NEW VEGAN CREAMERS AND YOU’LL BE THRILLED TO KNOW WHAT THEY’RE MADE OF!

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Marking the brand’s introduction into the dairy alternative category, the creamy plant-based creamers are available in four new offerings: Vanilla Almond Milk, Caramel Almond Milk, Hazelnut Almond Milk and Sweet Crème Coconut Milk.

THE NEW COFFEE CREAMERS ARE MADE WITH REAL SIMPLE INGREDIENTS LIKE

real almonds, coconuts from Sumatra, vanilla from Madagascar and pure cane sugar to offer consumers an all-natural alternative to traditional dairy creamers. Made with no GMO ingredients, natural bliss® Almond Milk and Coconut Milk creamers are deliciously smooth and creamy and offer a new way to add a hint of flavor and touch of sweetness to provide a great tasting cup of coffee.

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“COFFEE-MATE REMAINS A LEADER IN THE COFFEE CREAMER CATEGORY FOR ONE IMPORTANT REASON –

we are relentlessly focused on quality and innovation to expand our product portfolio while meeting changing consumer demands and lifestyles,” said COFFEE-MATE Brand Director, Daniel Jhung. “We know the increasing popularity of plant-based, non-dairy creamers is not just a trend, but a consumer preference that is here to stay. Using just a few simple ingredients not only expands our natural bliss offerings, but delivers a delicious, creamy and flavorful option that COFFEE-MATE natural bliss is known to provide.”

THE NEW PRODUCT LAUNCH WILL BE SUPPORTED BY A TV,

digital and social media advertising campaign launching on March 13 including two fifteen second commercials in both English and Spanish. A national in-store shopper marketing effort and PR campaign will also highlight the product’s launch.

COFFEE-MATE® NATURAL BLISS® ALMOND MILK AND COCONUT MILK CREAMERS ARE NOW AVAILABLE

at retailers nationwide in 16oz bottles in the refrigerated coffee creamer aisle for a suggested retail price of $2.79. The Hazelnut flavored Almond Milk creamer will be sold exclusively at Target retail stores. COFFEE-MATE® natural bliss® Almond Milk and Coconut Milk creamers join the brand’s full line of all-natural coffee creamers made from real dairy.

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