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on 05 October 2017

Scotland Green Party member Mark Ruskell lodged an official motion this week with the Scottish Parliament to acknowledge the efforts of The Vegan Society in its seven-day vegan challenge entitled “Plate Up for the Planet.” The Vegan Society Head of Campaigns and Policy Louise Davies said, “the ‘Plate Up for the Planet’ campaign aims to get veganism on the political agenda, especially when it comes to tackling climate change.” The motion, in part, asks Parliament to agree “that, globally, the livestock industry generates as much greenhouse gasses as all transport combined” and to acknowledge “that going vegan is one of the most significant steps that a person can take to reduce their contribution to climate change.” The motion has thus far received support from Members of Scottish Parliament (MSPs) across political parties, which will be tasked with voting for new measures regarding greenhouse gas emissions for the country’s upcoming climate change bill. “While we are seeing more and more individuals embrace veganism through their own education,” Davies said, “it's crucial that politicians develop policy that will lead to a greener, more compassionate future, so huge congratulations to these MSPs for leading the way.”

on 29 September 2017

SPAR Croatia joined the worldwide Meatless Monday campaign by 10% discount on all Veggie products every Monday. The SPAR Veggie line includes a range of products that have a European Vegetarian Union certificate, and most of them are organic. Meatless Monday is an international campaign launched in the United States in 2003 to encourage consumers to ditch meat on Mondays and thus contribute to improve their health and the health of our planet. Croatian campaign called Green Monday is raising citizens' awareness of the importance of healthy eating and the impact of food production on the environment by encouraging the consumption of only plant-based meals at least once a week. The research partner of the initiative is The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health from Baltimore. The Meatless Monday campaign is being conducted in 44 countries and SPAR is the first retail chain to bring it to Croatia.

on 21 September 2017

Richard Branson, Virgin billionaire and recent proponent of a plant-based diet, has predicted that within 30 years the world could go meat-free. Branson has previously made headlines for blogging on Okja and why he gave up beef, and for investing in lab grown meat. Branson predicts that people in the near-future will sustain themselves solely on a plant-based diet and "clean" meat – this on the heels of the $17 million investment in Memphis Meats, the first "cultured" meat company to close a Series A funding round and set to debut its first products by 2021. his company is "developing a way to produce real meat from animal cells, without the need to feed, breed and slaughter actual animals" with the intention of reducing the negative impact on the environment, the animals, and public health. And this is something that Branson is getting fully behind. In a recent interview with Bloomberg News, he said, "I'm thrilled to have invested in Memphis Meats. I believe that in 30 years or so we will no longer need to kill any animals and that all meat will either be clean or plant-based, taste the same, and also be much healthier for everyone." (livekindly.co)

on 24 August 2017

A recent feature published by fashion media outlet Vogue highlighted the year’s top wedding trends. Among six trends—including smaller weddings, herb-infused cocktails, and tall, layered cakes—Vogue identified that vegan menus are growing in popularity among wedding planners and happy couples. “Without doubt, we are seeing more brides and grooms feature vegan options versus vegetarian,” wedding planner Colin Cowie said. “The vegan movement is well on the way, and most top restaurants today now offer a vegan menu.” Cowie further revealed that vegan dishes on wedding menus are no longer just relegated to sides. “'Vegan' used to mean the grilled portobello mushroom,” Cowie said. “Today’s chefs are preparing exquisite and delicious vegan options.” This year, Australian cricket star Peter Siddle was on-trend with his vegan wedding that featured a towering vegan cake and a dessert bar. (vegnews.com)

on 18 August 2017

In a recent interview with Australian-based media outlet Herald Sun, musician Shaffer Chimere Smith (known professionally as "Ne-Yo") discussed his recent decision to adopt a vegan diet. The musician announced last week via a Facebook video that he ditched animal products after watching vegan documentary What the Health. "I was running from it for a long time," Smith said, "but the second I watched it, I instantly ran to [the] refrigerator and threw out all the deli meats. I can’t know what I know and still eat that stuff. I just can’t." While Smith said it is not easy for him to make the transition, he vowed to stick with his decision to adopt a vegan diet. "Meat literally makes you sick," Smith said. "It’s harder for me because I’m not really a fruit and vegetables kind [of] guy. I never have been, even from childhood, but I gotta do what I gotta do." What the Health—which debuted on Netflix in June—has had a massive impact on viewers, prompting everyone from celebrities to groups of NFL players to adopt a vegan diet. (vegnews.com)