Fried chicken, bacon cheeseburgers and pepperoni pizza aren’t uncommon to see on vegan menus—or even the meat-free freezer section of your local supermarket—but should we be calling these mock meat dishes the same names? A new Missouri law doesn’t think so. The state’s law, which forbids “misrepresenting a product as meat that is not derived from harvested production livestock or poultry,” has led to a contentious ethical, legal and linguistic debate. Four organizations—Tofurky, the Good Food Institute, the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri and the Animal Legal Defense Fund—are now suing the state on the basis that not only is the law against the United States Constitution, but it favors meat producers for unfair market competition.
Seventy-four percent of American vegans are female, but is there any link between veganism and feminism? Superficially, one could look at decades of mass marketing meat, grills and other fire-and-flesh fueled products to men, infusing these inanimate culinary products with gender—but, speaking as a woman who loves steak (eating it, cooking it, all of it) and as a person with common sense, foods in and of themselves should not appeal to one gender identity or another. One could point to the surge of female-led steakhouses and butcher shops—like New York’s White Gold Butchers—as exemplary evidence that women of all kinds love meat, but veganism (for many) isn’t necessarily about a like or dislike of animal products. So why are three out of every four vegans female?
When Muslims from India and Pakistan began arriving in the United Kingdom in large numbers in the 1960s, they imported two anxieties common to immigrants: what to eat, and where to pray. The new foreigners, usually men, sought places of worship and a dependable supply of nutrition associated with their homelands. This included ‘halal’ food – meat and poultry killed in accordance with Quranic guidelines derived from the teachings of the prophet Muhammad. In cities such as Leeds and Manchester, where mosques weren’t available, Muslims prayed on factory floors or worshipped in converted flats. Halal food was harder to come by. Many urbanised Muslims sought out the services of agricultural workers who had resettled in the UK after the convulsions of empire. Men would buy chickens from farmers, former Asian farmhands or imams, who would render the food halal.
The success of America’s first-ever plant-based burger joint is no accident, say its founders. When Matthew and Cierra de Gruyter opened Next Level Burger (NLB) in 2014 neither had ever run a restaurant before. But five additional restaurants later, with plans to open many more, they're willing to give a lot of credit where they think it's due: their decision to go with burgers. We chose the burger to promote plant-based food because it "is approachable to everyone," Cierra told Nil Zacharias on #EatforthePlanet.
Biologically speaking, humans are omnivores and we like to eat a variety of things. There is increasing interest in all sorts of alternative sources of protein as we diversify our diets. This trend is accelerating in 2018.
Drake Says He Doesn't Eat Animals Anymore: Now He Should Cut Ties With Canada Goose, Which Brutally Kills Animals for Fur and Down
Last week, Drake made an exciting announcement: He’s vegetarian. During a livestream, the Canadian rapper confessed that he no longer eats animals: “I don’t eat meat anymore. But I enjoy pineapple on pizza though.”
We’ve all been told that foods like avocados, olive oil, and nuts are high in fat but that their fat content doesn’t mean they’re unhealthy. Why? Well, as a new study released by the American Heart Association shows, not all fats are created equal.
This New Study Is Further Proof That Going Vegan Is the Best Thing You Can Do for the Planet (Video)
A groundbreaking study by Tulane University and the University of Michigan published in Environmental Research Letters found that meat, dairy and egg consumption is responsible for nearly 84 percent of food-related greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.
Here's the Federal Government's Big Chance to Improve Public Health and Reduce Animal Suffering - at the Same Time
Since 1980, the federal government has issued the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to offer input on what kinds of foods contribute to a healthy diet. Every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services appoint an advisory committee to revise and update the guidelines based on the most current science and dietary knowledge. The guidelines set nutrition standards for school lunch programs, federal assistance programs, the military and health professionals. They also serve as a tool to help American citizens choose foods to decrease the risk of disease and improve their overall health.
Four cities in Brazil have pledged to transition all of the meals served at its public school cafeterias to 100 percent plant-based by the end of 2019, with the mission of reducing the cities' environmental footprint (especially water consumption), aiding local produce farmers and fostering humane and healthy eating habits for students.
Food is a key part of any culture. Take the USA: Could there be a more potent symbol of all things Americana than BBQ? For many, to go against this national pastime amounts to a form of treason. Which is why it should cause little surprise to learn that a new culture has begun to take root among African Americans: veganism.