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09/23/2019 JAMES CAMERON: "PEOPLE NEED TO WAKE THE F*CK UP" TO THE CLIMATE CRISIS

Award-winning vegan director James Cameron believes people need to take drastic action to fight the impending climate crisis, according to a recent interview with Variety. "People need to wake the f*ck up," Cameron said. "We're going the wrong direction as fast as possible. I like to say that we’re like Thelma and Louise. We're driving straight toward the canyon at 90 miles per hour with the radio cranked up and the top down." To do their part, the vegan director and his vegan wife Suzy Amis Cameron are working on a variety of initiatives. The pair operate vegan MUSE school in California, which is currently being franchised to other locations. The pair also run Verdient Foods, a company that will open a pea- and pulse-processing facility in Canada to support the booming plant-based meat industry. Cameron—who executively produced newly released vegan documentary The Game Changers—only serves vegan food to the crew on set of his four upcoming sequels to Avatar which are slated for release in 2020, 2021, 2024, and 2025. (vegnews.com)

09/20/2019 LEONARDO DICAPRIO URGES 35 MILLION TO JOIN THE CLIMATE STRIKE

The Academy Award-winning actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCXaprio shared an Instagram post yesterday from the Natural Resource Defence Council (NRDC), a New York City-based environmental advocacy group. "On Friday, September 20, NRDC is following the lead of young climate leaders like @GretaThunberg and others, and striking for #climateaction," the post reads. "Around the world, climate activists will be taking to the streets, calling on governments to tackle the crisis with the urgency it deserves—because future generations depend on it," the post continues. Turnout for the New York City strike may reach a record high. The city announced that its 1.1 million public school students will be allowed to skip school to attend the protest without penalization. "Just days before the U.N. Climate Summit in New York, the strike will kick off a week of action and send a clear message to decision-makers that there is no more time to deliberate," the post states. DiCaprio is a longtime environmental advocate. He launched the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in 1998 shortly after starring in James Cameron's historical fiction epic, "Titanic." The organization is centered around climate change, wildlife conservation, and Indigenous peoples' rights. Climate strikes will take place in 150 countries. (livekindly.com)

09/19/2019 VEGANNATION BUYS 15,000 ACRES OF THE AMAZON RAINFOREST JUST TO PROTECT IT

The Israeli company — which launched its own cryptocurrency last year called VeganCoin — describes itself as a "global, vegan, decentralized nation, powered by the blockchain technology." Following the close of a $10 million fundraising round, VeganNation is on a mission to save the Amazon. It has now bought 15,000 acres of the rainforest on a 10-year lease. VeganNation will open its land to preservation groups and activists, ensuring that no animals are intentionally harmed. It will ensure the land is free from exploitation — even the Brazilian government will be unable to cut down trees there. (livekindly.co)

09/18/2019 SODEXO BRINGS ECO-FRIENDLY PLANT-BASED MEALS TO 5,000 CAFETERIAS WORLDWIDE

Foodservice giant Sodexo will soon introduce environmentally friendly plant-based meals to more than 5,000 cafeterias—including those operating inside businesses, government offices, universities, and hospitals—in the United States, Belgium, the United Kingdom, and France. New meals such as Wild Rice Quinoa and Lentil Bowl, Tuscan Chickpea Polenta and Rapini Bowl, and Ube Maitake Tartine will use ingredients from the new Future 50 Foods report. Co-written by Knorr Professional and leading conservation organization WWF-UK, the report identifies 50 of the most nutritious plant-based ingredients based on their nutritional value and relative impact on the environment. The list combines familiar foods, such as lentils, wild rice, and kale, with lesser-known foods such as fonio, pumpkin flowers, and cactus. "When you see there are more than 20,000 known edible plants on our planet, and yet our food comes primarily from a dozen of them, there is definitely opportunity to change and discover new ways of eating," John Wright, senior vice president, Sodexo Food Platform, said. "Today, we are helping consumers as they look for ways to adopt more sustainable diets. Future 50 Foods represents an exciting opportunity for our chefs to innovate in the kitchen and share Sodexo's Love of Food (campaign) with diners in a way that's also good for the planet."  (vegnews.com)

09/16/2019 PITBULL'S MIAMI GRILL DEVELOPING FULL VEGAN MENU AFTER BEYOND BURGER SUCCESS

Florida-based chain Miami Grill—which counts musician Armando Christian "Pitbull" Pérez as its key equity partner—is working to expand its plant-based options after adding the Beyond Burger to its menu last month. "The Beyond Burger has quickly accounted for 25 percent of our total burger sales," Miami Grill Chief Operating Officer Jonathan H. Vogel said. "That's a telling statistic. It ultimately led us down this path of menu expansion in the plant-based area." While exact menu items have yet to be announced, the chain is exploring a variety of dishes to satisfy what it discovered is a strong demand for plant-based options. "Given the popularity of the Beyond Burger at our restaurants and positive feedback around its great taste, we have decided to begin the process of expanding our plant-based food options," Vogel said. (vegnews.com)

09/13/2019 FOUR COUNTRIES UNITE TO FORM VEGAN WORLD ALLIANCE

Four countries recently partnered to form the Vegan World Alliance with a mission to create a shared vegan vision and promote veganism worldwide. The Dutch Association for Veganism, Vegan Australia, Vegan Society of Aotearoa New Zealand, and Vegan Society of Canada came together to address worldwide challenges and share initiatives to fulfill their individual and collective missions. The alliance plans to share resources, develop new programs, and run joint campaigns. Its first project is to create a uniform certification system for vegan food products. The alliance is working with the International Organization for Standardization to clarify the definition of "vegan" and create a standard that manufacturers around the world must adhere to. The alliance invites others with a shared vision and mission to join them in "shaping the future of veganism." (vegnews.com)

09/12/2019 CALIFORNIA MOVES ONE STEP CLOSER TO BECOMING FIRST FUR-FREE STATE

On Tuesday, California State Senate voted in favor of AB 44, a bill that would prohibit the sale and manufacture of new fur statewide. In December 2018, California assembly member Laura Friedman introduced AB 44, which is supported by organizations In Defense of Animals (IDA), Animal Hope in Legislation (AHL), Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation (AHWF), and The Humane Society of the United States. AB 44 will now go to the State Assembly, in order to approve an amendment that would push the enforcement date to 2023 before being presented to California Governor Gavin Newsom for signature. If passed, the statewide ban on the sale and manufacturing of new fur items would impose civil penalties on those in violation. In recent years, several California cities have passed similar bans, including Berkeley, West Hollywood, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, and fashion labels (such as Gucci, Versace, and Chanel) have pledged to cease using fur in future collections. Earlier this week, Newsom signed into law The Wildlife Protection Act of 2019 (AB 273) which bans fur trapping across the state—making California the first state in the US to adopt such legislation. (vegnews.com)

09/10/2019 VEGAN CYCLIST DONATES 1,600 VEGAN MEALS TO THE HUNGRY AS PART OF AN 85-DAY CYCLING TOUR

Vegan cyclist and former professional hockey player Richie Crowley has donated more than 1,600 vegan meals to date to people in need as part of an 85-day Wellness Ride cycling tour across the United States to raise awareness about wellness and the vegan lifestyle. Crowley partnered with plant-based food delivery service Veestro to provide vegan meals through local charities along his riding route, including The Campaign Against Hunger in Brooklyn, the Hunger Network in Cleveland, Operation Food Search in St. Louis, and Food Bank Rockies in Denver. Crowley believes the biggest challenge for changing people's diets to a more healthy, plant-based approach is accessibility and convenience rather than cost. With the help of $5 donations from supporters, his goal is to donate 5,000 meals before ending his cycling tour in Los Angeles on October 10. (vegnews.com)

09/05/2019 WELCOME TO THE 12TH ZEGEVEGE FESTIVAL!

The 12th ZeGeVege Festival of Sustainable Living begins tomorrow! On Friday, September 6 from 8 A.M. to 9 P.M. and Saturday, September 7 from 8 A.M. to 8 P.M., this international Veganmania event on Ban Jelacic Square in Zagreb will be a host to a hundred exhibitors of vegan food, clothes and cosmetics, but also to many intriguing lecturers, cooking experts who will hold free workshops and much more. For more than a decade, ZeGeVege Festival's main goal is to promote and extend the awareness on animal rights, veganism, ecology and sustainable living, in which it continues to succeed. The exquisite ZeGeVege atmosphere will again feature an entertaining program that will consist of a variety of dance numbers and activist content. Everyone is welcome!

09/02/2019 FAMED FOODIE GOES VEGAN IN RESPONSE TO AMAZON RAINFOREST FIRES

Eddie Huang—restaurateur, author, and former host of Viceland's food travel show Huang's World—vowed to go vegan. Huang took to Instagram to explain that while he formerly liked to consume animal products, he no longer wanted to partake in the environmentally destructive practice after watching videos of the wildfires currently burning in Brazil's Amazon region—which environmentalists say were started by cattle ranchers to clear land for beef production. "I'm going to go vegan because it takes 20 times less land to feed a vegan than a meat eater, and over 90 percent of the land cleared in the Amazon rainforest since 1970 is used for grazing livestock, but if all of us just stopped eating beef it would solve huge problems," Huang captioned a photo of what he said was his last meal of corned beef at NYC's Junior's restaurant. Huang explained that veganism is often inaccurately categorized as "some uppity white girl thing," and pointed to a variety of cultures that follow vegan lifestyles such as Asian Buddhists, Ital Rasta, and sects of the Hindu religion. (vegnews.com)

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