VegFest- April 24, 2016
Special Guest: Simone Reyes – Star of Oxygen’s “Running Russell Simmons”
VegFest is bigger and better than ever! Enjoy celebrity speakers, free food samples, hundreds of exhibitors, fun carnival-themed children’s room, and much more! Get your tickets early and save!
For more info and tickets: http://vegmichigan.org/activities/vegfest/
Vegan Sources of Iron
There are many great vegan sources of iron.
Top 15 Vegan News Stories of 2015
VegNews takes a look back at the year’s most popular vegan headlines.
It was another banner year for veganism. From a long-awaited dairy-free ice cream announcement to Taco Bell launching a certified vegetarian menu, vegan living was more popular than ever in 2015. In honor of this exceptional year, here are our most popular news stories on VegNews.com so we can look back at all that’s been accomplished—and look forward to even more to come in 2016.
1. McDonald’s to Close 700 Locations Worldwide
For the first time in decades, the burger giant closed more stores than it opened.
2. Youngest Self-Made Female Billionaire is Vegan
31-year-old Elizabeth Holmes, head of a health-technology company worth more than $9 billion, is also a green juice advocate.
3. Ben & Jerry’s Announces Vegan Ice Cream
The Vermont ice cream aficionados thrilled the vegan world when they revealed an upcoming almond milk-based line.
4. FDA Bans Hydrogenated Oils from US Food Supply
By 2018, food manufacturers must get rid of the trans fat menace in their production, says the US government.
5. Chicago Bears Sign Vegan NFL Player David Carter
The “300 Pound Vegan” helped to dispel those pesky protein myths and brought veganism to a whole new audience.
6. Taco Bell Launches Industry’s First Certified Veg Menu
Fast food’s first hack-able vegan menu full of certified meat-free options drove the internet crazy in 2015.
7. US Government: Eat a Plant-Based Diet
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee made the strongest pro-vegetarian recommendation to date.
8. New NBC Dating Show Seeks Single Vegans
An Ellen DeGeneres-backed program looking to match lovebirds (with at least one episode reportedly devoted to vegan singles) will be coming to our screens soon.
9. Popular Vegan Bakery to Open 25 Locations Nationwide
Cinnaholic—the Berkeley, CA-based makers of customizable vegan cinnamon rolls—made plans for heavy expansion this year.
10. Beyoncé Reveals Her Veganism on Good Morning America
The mega-star spoke about her plant-based diet on national television for the first time this year, exposing veganism to millions.
11. ASICS Launches Vegan Running Shoe for 2015
News of the faux leather and suede option from the popular athletic shoe company had conscientious runners in a frenzy.
12. New Revolutionary Vegan Egg Product Launched
Follow Your Heart broke the internet (and records) without having to break an eggshell.
13. Report: 100 Percent of Ground Beef Contains Fecal Matter
What Consumer Reports found in all 458 pounds of beef analyzed had our stomachs in knots.
14. Renowned Heart Doctor Opens Vegan Restaurant in Detroit
Dr. Joel Kahn’s opening of GreenSpace Café marked one of the only vegan spots in the Motor City.
15. Jared Leto Buffs Up on Vegan Diet for Batman Film
The Academy Award-winning vegan stayed in tip-top shape to play the Joker with the help of vegan tacos.
Don’t miss our list of Top 15 Vegan Recipes of 2015 and our Top 15 Vegan Stories of 2015 (coming next week!).
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VegNews went under reorganization and was not available for a period of time.
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Guinness Beer Is Going Vegan
Guinness, the Irish stout that once famously advertised itself under the slogan “Guinness is good for you,” took a step this week to inject 21st-century food culture into its 256-year-old product. Guinness is going vegan.
The company announced on Monday that starting at the end of 2016, its beer will no longer contain trace amounts of fish bladder, an integral part of its filtration process.
Few customers — except perhaps vegans and vegetarians who enjoy a pint — were probably even aware that the famous inky-black drink contained any fish parts at all. But it is actually quite common for cask beers to be filtered using isinglass, a gelatinlike substance derived from the dried swim bladders of fish that is used to separate out unwanted solids like yeast particles from a brew, the company said.
“Isinglass has been used widely within the brewing industry as a means of filtration for decades,” the company said in a statement on Monday after a report in The Times of London. “However, because of its use we could not label Guinness as suitable for vegetarians and have been looking for an alternative solution for some time.”
Report: U.S. Dairy Alternatives Market Worth $2.09 Billion and Growing
Take one look at the “dairy” aisle in your local Walmart, and it’s clear that consumers are steering away from cow’s milk. It begs the question: with the myriad of milk alternatives, does anyone even drink the real thing anymore?
According to the data — less people consume the bovine liquid than ever before. A new report “Dairy Alternatives Market by Type, Formulation, Application, & by Region – Global Forecast to 2020” (by MarketsandMarkets) catalogs the massive growth in the non-dairy market, and how it’s attributable to people’s changing tastes and dietary needs.
“The dairy alternative market in U.S. is expected to mark a growth of 13.2% between 2015 and 2018 based on the strength of diversification in market,” says Shivani Mishra, research analyst in the food & beverage domain for MarketsandMarkets. “In 2015, the U.S. market size of dairy alternatives is estimated to be worth $2.09 billion and is one of the largest markets in the North American food & beverage industry.” As far as the global market, it’s projected to reach about $19.5 Billion by 2020, growing about 15.5% from 2015 to 2020.
“Increase in health awareness, growing preference towards vegan diet, and change in the lifestyles have stimulated growth in the dairy alternatives market,” Mishra adds.
400 Million Fewer Animals Were Killed for Food Last Year vs. 2007 Because People are Eating Less Meat
From comments by Governor Brown to reports from the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, there’s widespread agreement that everyone needs to eat more plants.
Where there’s less consensus, however, is how to effect change. While many vegans believe Meatless Mondays and other cutting-back-consumption campaigns don’t push enough of a paradigm-shift, others argue that these are crucial first steps towards a more compassionate world.
Given that around 93 percent of people still eat meat, it’s difficult to imagine that everyone will cease doing so anytime soon. A world that eats far less meat, however, is already on the way. Meat consumption has been steadily declining in the U.S.—by 10% per capita since 2007, in fact.
In that year, for example, the U.S. raised and killed 9.5 billion land animals for food. As of 2014, that number plummeted by a whopping 400 million (to 9.1 billion — click here to view the statistics), says Paul Shapiro, Vice President, Farm Animal Protection for The Humane Society of the United States.
“What that means is that compared to 2007, last year almost half a billion fewer animals were subjected to the torment of factory farming and industrial slaughter plants–and that’s despite the increase in the U.S. population,” Shapiro explains.
“That’s more animals than are experimented on, hunted, used in circuses, puppy mills, and end up in animal shelters each year in the U.S.—all combined.
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