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on 10 August 2017

Sir Paul McCartney reportedly "demanded" that only vegan food was sold at his concert in Tinley Park on Wednesday (07.26.17) evening. The 75-year-old rocker - who has been a longtime animal activist - has followed a vegetarian lifestyle for years, so it was hardly surprising that he requested that the only grub served up in the concourse of his gig in Illinois was meat free and dairy free. And this isn't the first time the Beatles legend has tried to encourage other people to follow a vegetarian diet as he previously banned animal food products from his rider. The meat-free demands were reportedly part of the terms and conditions of Paul playing in the province of Saskatchewan in Canada in 2013 - meaning he wouldn't perform unless show organisers confirmed no meat would be eaten backstage. He also made a similar demand in 2002 when he was on his 'Driving' USA tour as he said he didn't want any furniture in his dressing room to be made of animals. (montrosepress.com)

on 04 August 2017

A month bofore the 10th ZeGeVege Festival, which will take place in Zagreb's Ban Jelacic Square on September 8-9, 2017, attractive billboards that can not pass unnoticed appeared on Zagreb's streets. Even the biggest savoy cabbage haters won't look the other way next to the beautiful Ana Laura Kapetanovic in a green dress, who has combined her two great passions with this project – modeling and veganism. The cooperation of Animal Friends Croatia, a world-class model who was a part of fashion shows in all major fashion destinations and Djurdjica Vorkapic, a designer and the owner of HIPPY GARDEN, was definitely a right choice, as well as a transition to ethical, ecological and healthy plant-based diet. Ana Laura Kapetanovic points out that vegan diet, despite many false beliefs, is cheap, available and the fastest to consume everywhere. How to balance your vegan diet with constant travel while looking great and healthy, everyone will be able to hear about it during Ana's lesson at the ZeGeVege Festival. Djurdjica Vorkapic has already collaborated with Animal Friends Croatia in the campaign against killing animals for fur, and as a longtime vegetarian she was very happy to have her unusual dress invite everyone to leave animals out of their plates and to check at the ZeGeVege Festival how veganism would look good on them.

on 27 July 2017

Officials in three Brazilian cities—Várzea Grande, Cuiabá, and Sao Gonçalo—have committed to serving one plant-based meal per week at city-run schools under the Alimentação Consciente Brasil (“Conscious Eating Brasil”) food policy program initiated by animal-rights organization Mercy For Animals (MFA). Officials in Cuiabá also agreed to implement the food policy in city-run social assistance programs. According to MFA, the change will amount to 5 million vegan meals served in the country per year (or 140,000 vegan meals every week). Veganism is growing quickly in Brazil, a country traditionally known for consuming and producing high amounts of meat. Gustavo Guadagnini, the Brazilian director of non-profit organization Good Food Institute, recently reported that plant-based companies in the country are increasing at a rate of 40 percent annually. (vegnews.com)

on 21 July 2017

The Canadian government has issued new draft healthy eating recommendations, which would overhaul the antiquated system of food categories—focusing instead on eating patterns—and emphasize the importance of including a “high proportion of plant-based foods.” The milk category is indeed gone in the draft recommendations, and the powerhouse legume has been elevated above animal foods. The draft food guide’s first, foundational recommendation establishes the importance of whole foods and specifies that plant-based foods (such as legumes) are a preferred source of protein. The recommendation is for “regular intake of vegetables, fruit, whole grains and protein-rich foods, especially plant-based sources of protein.” The draft guidelines acknowledge that our food system is inextricably linked to our environment, contributing to greenhouse gas emissions, soil degradation, decreases in water quality and availability, and wildlife loss. The draft food guide states that “diets higher in plant-based foods and lower in animal-based foods are associated with a lesser environmental impact.” (huffingtonpost.com)

on 14 July 2017


For the first time ever, a plant-based chef has won the title of "maître restaurateur", for his restaurant Vegan Gorilla in France. The title 'maître restaurateur', which is reviewed every four years, is awarded to someone who is a professional chef by trade and has professional experience. The chef must work with fresh, raw produce. It is judged by an independent committee, then awarded by local representatives (on behalf of the French state). The eatery, in Nice, describes itself as 'vegan, bio and gluten-free'.It uses organic and sustainable produce. Dishes include fishless fishermen's stew, mushroom-based kefta over couscous, and strawberry cheesecake - as well as more traditional French-style meals like 'fauxmage' (vegan cheese) tartines. Berton, who came up with the idea of the restaurant with his vegan wife, worked in mainstream restaurants for two decades before committing to cooking plant-based food. (plantbasednews.org)